Holden Volt [Reviews]

GM Holden has released the first photos of the vehicle highly anticipated Volt extended range electric Holden will be seen by Australian roads. The pictures show a version of right-drive Volt Holden badge on its sports front and rear aerodynamics, was released as part of the presentation at the Salon of Melbourne International Motor Holden. This is a local take on the vehicle, which gained widespread recognition for its ability to travel up to 64 miles on electricity before using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions.

GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Reuss said the company was overwhelmed by the public interest in Volt Holden since the announcement that it would begin in Australia in 2012. "We believe that the Volt has the potential to change the game in the Australian motor sport," said Mr Reuss. "When we announced our intention to introduce Holden Volt to Australia, we were overwhelmed by the public interest in the car and the technology that makes it work. There is no doubt that the Volt advanced propulsion systems represent some of the most exciting alternative fuel development in motorsport. At Holden we believe Volt will be crucial in our efforts to make the car better for the environment. "
GM estimates that compared to similarly sized gasoline-powered vehicles, Volt will save motorists up to 1892 liters of fuel per year. This is based on U.S. research that identifies 75 percent of commuters travel an average daily distance of less than 40 miles (64 km). When the battery power is exhausted volts, a small petrol engine generates enough power to drive the vehicle to hundreds of additional kilometres.GM also calculates that charging the car overnight with a standard wall outlet use less electricity annually than the average household refrigerator.

Chevrolet Volt is scheduled for the production of GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and is scheduled for launch in the U.S. at the end of 2010. Right-hand version of the launch units later.

V. - How the technology works

Volt is an extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV). In a significant conventional hybrids, which uses electricity to move the wheels at all times and speeds. For trips up to 64 km, Volt is powered only by electricity stored in its battery without using gasoline or producing emissions. When the battery is depleted, a small gasoline engine generates electricity for the vehicle to travel hundreds of miles away. The technology allows the vehicle battery to the load in less than three hours on a standard 240V outlet. The charging time is reduced if the battery is exhausted. GM estimates that compared to gasoline vehicles than the average 7.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, V will save drivers up to 1892 liters of fuel per year.

Volt - Details

The design of the Volt production car has evolved from an original concept that was unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto in Detroit. General Motors has created an energy efficient design for the production of vehicles, resulting in a more aerodynamic car in the history of the company. Many themes of the design concept of the car was transferred to the production Volt, including the closed front grille, athletic and graphic design at the rear. Inside, the Volt offers features of space, comfort, convenience and security that customers expect from a four-seat sedan.

V - Battery Details

GM set up a first lithium-ion battery production through a major U.S. automotive manufacturer to produce V battery system. It consists of a lithium-ion hybrids, which are grouped into modules, along with other key components of the battery. The plant is located in Michigan, has negotiated with state and local government authorities. Facility will begin in early 2009, and production tools will be installed by mid-year and production will begin in 2010.

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