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2012 Chevy Volt

January 18th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

With the gas prices hovering above three dollars a gallon and people hollering for everyone to “go green,” Chevy has finally listened. The 2012 Chevy Volt is a cutting edge “green” vehicle that rewards everyone with thrifty and emissions-free-all-electric car. This car will be able to run long distances without having to stop, plug in, and recharge.

General Motors plans to roll out the “extended range electric vehicle” to select markets in the United States. In 2011, this compact-sized four-passenger debuted in limited numbers. The price tag on the 2011 model was priced at $41,000. If customers took the tax credits, they could lower the price tag $7,500.

American journalists named the Volt the 2011 North American Car of the Year. Chevy bills the 2012 Chevy Volt as an electric car but it is not a “pure” electric vehicle. What the company means by this is that the Chevy Volt carries a small gasoline engine that runs a generator to power the motor. The gasoline engine is used when the batteries are depleted. The 2012 Chevy Volt, on one charge, can go 25-50 miles. Any further distance is only limited by the amount of gas in the fuel tank, which holds 9.3 gallons. The price and complexity of the Volt go up because the car is packing two power sources. On the up side, it eliminates the worries about being stranded with a discharged battery and no place to plug it in.

If any are available in your area, should you purchase a 2011 or 2012 Chevy Volt? The 2012 Chevy Volt will almost be a duplicate in styling, with a futuristic-looking aerodynamic exterior. This type of style minimizes wind resistance to help boost fuel economy. This is especially helpful at highway speeds. The general profile of the Chevy Volt resembles the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, which were both a gas-electric hybrid. You can tell this is a Chevy with the trademark crossbar front grill leading to the headlights that sweep into the front fenders. It also features wraparound taillights.

There is one unique feature about the Volt’s exterior. It has a conventional fuel-filler door on the right rear fender and on the left front fender you will find the electric charging point. From bumper to bumper, the Chevy Volt is 177.1 inches. The 2012 Chevy Volt is about the same size as the five-passenger 2011 Toyota Prius hatchback.

The dashboard will be highlighted by what appears like an advanced hub of operations than a mere instrumental panel. The dash features a simple design that relies on two 7-inch diameter LCD monitors and touch points instead of conventional gauges and switchgear. The 2012 Volt will still accommodate four passengers, but in place of a three-place rear bench, a center console separates dual bucket seats. This is necessary because of the Volt’s long T-shaped battery pack that is incorporated into the frame beneath the passenger’s compartment.

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