The Chevy Volt was released today! Lots of photos and the full release is here. Some specs that stood out:
- the Volt is powered only by electricity stored in its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery.
- can be plugged either into a standard household 120v outlet or use 240v for charging.
- The vehicle's intelligent charging technology enables the Volt's battery to be charged in less than three hours on a 240v outlet or about eight hours on a 120v outlet.
- The Volt's electric drive unit delivers the equivalent of 150 horsepower, 273 lb-ft. (370 Nm) of instant torque
- Using peak electric rates, GM estimates that an electrically driven mile in a Chevy Volt will be about one-sixth of the cost of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle
- cost savings of $1,500 annually.
- Charging the Volt about once daily will consume less electric energy annually than the average home's refrigerator and freezer units.
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