The Chevrolet Volt represents one of
the most important launches of General Motors' long history. The
vehicle represents an important milestone bridging the past (internal
combustion engines) and our eventual future (electric propulsion)
when it comes to automotive transportation, and has already nabbed
"Car of the Year" awards from
Automobile and Motor Trend.
GM has announced that the Volt is now
shipping to dealerships in select parts of the country –
California, New York, Texas, Washington, D.C. – albeit in limited
numbers. GM is only expecting to deliver 160 vehicles this week.
"Today is a historic milestone for
Chevrolet," remarked Tony DiSalle, Volt marketing director. "We
have redefined automotive transportation with the Volt, and soon the
first customers will be able to experience gas-free commuting with
the freedom to take an extended trip whenever or wherever they want."
In addition to Volts that are heading
to dealerships, the very
first Volt to roll off the assembly line is currently up for auction.
Proceeds from the sale of the vehicle will go to the Detroit
Public Schools Foundation -- at this moment, the high bid for the
vehicle is a whopping $185,000. The auction ends later today.
The Chevy Volt is powered by 149hp (273
lb-ft torque) electric motor which provides 35 miles of fossil
fuel-free driving courtesy of its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. A
1.4-liter gasoline engine kicks in at the point to recharge the
battery pack and provide additional power to the front wheels (under
certain circumstances). The Volt has a maximum driving range of
When it comes to pricing, the Volt
won't come cheap. It is priced at $41,000
before a $7,500 federal tax credit.