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The Volt has stepped into the spotlight. No longer a vehicle based on compromise, new technologies have taken the electric car into the mainstream-driving world. With a sleek, modern design, state-of-the-art technologies, and extended-range capabilities, the fact that the Volt is a greener way to drive is just icing on the cake.
Most days, the Volt is an electric-only vehicle
The amazing thing about the 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the fact that, on its battery alone, it has a driving range of 40 to 80 kilometres.*
Put simply, you’ll be able to handle a lot of your typical drives on its daily battery charge – meaning you’ll be driving with no tailpipe emissions!
No range anxiety – just drive where and how you want
For times when your drive takes you further beyond your daily commute, whether it be to your cottage, skiing or on a road trip, you can rest assured that you are in a vehicle that will not let you down, and definitely not mid-way.
With some electric cars, “range anxiety” is an issue because you’re limited as to how far you can drive on a single charge. But the designers of the Volt understood that your vehicle shouldn’t stop you from doing whatever you want to do.
Volt is an everyday electric vehicle that seamlessly offers you extended range whenever you need it. When the battery charge is depleted, the gasoline-powered engine generator kicks in, automatically and seamlessly. Volt is designed for real life and real drivers.
Imagine going a month between fill-ups
South of the border, Chevrolet Volt owners are already finding that they make fewer trips to the gas station – going an average of 30 days between fill-ups. "I am surprised how infrequently I go to the gas station,” says Steve Wojtanek, a Volt owner in Boca Raton, Florida.
And that’s because most people’s everyday driving is within the 40 to 80 km range of Volt’s electric battery. So when they get home at night, having used no gas during the day, they can plug in their Volt to recharge overnight. Day after day, their driving is electric only. That’s low impact on the wallet and the environment!
How do other vehicles measure up?
Hybrids have been around for a while generating a lot of attention; their name comes from the fact that they use both gas and electricity. Typically, with a hybrid, the gas and electric motors work together most of the time, so you’re still using gas even for your short-distance daily driving.
There are also other “all-electric” choices now on sale that don’t have any extended range capability. With them, it’s critical to know two things: what the vehicle’s range is, and how long it takes to recharge its batteries. Without extended-range capability, an “all-electric” vehicle could really limit where and when you drive.
That’s what makes Volt’s extended range capability so amazing. Your shorter-distance everyday driving can be completely electric – and when you need to drive farther, you can go without worrying about it.
A real way to drive the world forward
Want to cut down on your tailpipe emissions without limiting where and when you want to go? Turns out the Chevrolet Volt is the only vehicle on the road today that’s been designed to balance your ability to drive electric most days with all the convenience and flexibility you need to drive as far as life takes you.
To a lot of people, that’s change designed for the real world. That’s pretty revolutionary. And that’s Chevrolet.
Read more about the Chevrolet Volt at Chevrolet.ca.
* Assumes fully charged battery. Actual driving range varies depending on terrain, temperature, and personal driving technique. Vehicle features and performance capabilities subject to change.