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Chevy Volt
130 Chevrolet Volts are going to select U.S. markets; first production model up for auction

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 375 miles.

When it comes to pricing, the Volt won't come cheap. It is priced at $41,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.



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Piece of american useless #*$*
By virusul on 12/14/2010 5:53:47 PM , Rating: 0
Wat is this car good for, range like crap, very expensive and inefficient and badly made, a small diesel 1.4 80 bhp is more efficient you can get 70 mpg easy, bot no you need big shiny crap witch will depreciate like hell, get real you stupid car makers and get something useful, or maybe you expect to finish all the petrol in the world until you will make something witch make sense you stupid idiots, go broke and lie down.




RE: Piece of american useless #*$*
By gregpet on 12/14/2010 11:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
You, sir, are an idiot.

This car is a game changer. Just because you don't get it doesn't make it not true...

This ISN'T about getting 50, 60, 70MPG this car is about NOT using ANY gas AT ALL! Since most people drive a max of 40 miles per day - you may never use ANY gas during normal commutes.

PLEASE stop it with the idiotic comparisons to ICE cars. And also don't compare it to a Prius since it starts using gas as soon as you get over 15 MPH.

AND I don't want to hear about the new plug-in Prius because it is going to cost $36,000 and only go about 15 miles pure EV...

Do some research. Google is really easy to use...


By Dr of crap on 12/15/2010 3:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well you sir are an idiot too.
This car is in no way a "game changer"
You can go on about all the marketing mumbo that Chevy has sprewed out and has YOU beliving - It's just a hybrid.
And for the record - I drive over 40 miles a day to commute!

Also this morning when it was 0°F, I'm sure not going to go 40 miles on battery power.

Let agree to SEE IF IT WILL SELL.
After all that will prove if it's a GOOD buy or not. Doesn't matter what's inside, will it sell?


RE: Piece of american useless #*$*
By mindless1 on 12/16/2010 3:35:17 AM , Rating: 2
lol, yes it is certainly a game changer to feel the need to avoid going any great distance in your car lest you consume a few pints of that EVIL EVIL GASOLINE.

It would be ridiculous not to compare it to ICE cars since you are choosing one or the other to purchase and use (unless you're a quaker).

It would be idiotic to arbitrary decide you can't compare it to ICE cars just because you built up this imaginary idea in your head that using no gas is THAT important for US passenger vehicles.

Go ahead and pat yourself on the back though, if we manage to reduce our dependence on oil by a very small percent (you do know how to use google to find out that we aren't using most of the oil in consumer automobiles, right?) while we greatly increase our dependence on foreign lithium, burn up coal and other resources creating electricity, have to redo the entire power grid to support charging them, and find out in the end that it was a wash except one way costs a lot more than the other in real money rather than ill founded feel good sentiments.


By AstroGuardian on 12/15/2010 7:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
Hey 1,4l diesels with 80bhp are history. You drunk mate? Cause if you are not drunk you are **** like hell.


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