SHARP TURNS – Meet the electrifying Volt

2013-12-06T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – Meet the electrifying VoltMATT SHARP nwitimes.com
December 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Now I know there are some people out there that when anybody starts to talk about hybrid cars or full electric cars they cringe a little bit. Chevy is proving that those types of vehicles are our future whether we like it or not. They are cheaper in the long run, they reduce emissions, and with gas prices on the rise who wants to be stopping for fuel constantly? Chevy is also proving that you really do not lose as much power with hybrids as you think, and with the 2014 Volt you get it all.

It starts with the aerodynamics to make the Volt sporty, quick, and smooth, while achieving an extremely low drag coefficient. Chevrolet.com says the Volt spent “countless hours in the wind tunnel to influence the styling of many exterior components including mirrors, a closed grille, rocker panels and the rear spoiler. In fact, the vertical blades that go from the bottom of the spoiler to the bottom of the bumper were specifically sculpted to trick the air into separating from the bumper more quickly, giving Volt extraordinary aerodynamics.”

Your mind is always at ease with the Volt because of all the technology built into it. It starts with your fingertips on the color touch-screen. As you use your touch-screen it becomes accustomed to your likes and will display those first for you. With all that comes the new available Chevrolet MyLink that works with your compatible Smartphone and Bluetooth wireless technology to stream music and entertainment through the Pandora Internet Radio mobile app. Or you can listen to commercial-free programs through the 3-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. There are also three apps to connect with your Volt from your smart phone; Volt driver challenge, OnStar RemoteLink, and myChevrolet. The Volt driver challenge lets you track your volt and set goals to maximize it. Then compare to other Volt drivers and earn different achievements. The latest Chevrolet MyLink even allows you to store up to 60 favorites, including radio stations, contacts, destinations, music and other media. It will also recognize your voice for hands free use. All that is left for you to do is keep your eyes on the road and drive safe.

Chevrolet.com compares charging your Volt to buying a daily cup of coffee. According to the manufacturer, “for less than the cost of a latte, you can fully charge your Volt and drive an EPA-estimated 38 miles gas-free. Choose a standard 120V-charging unit that allows you to fully charge the battery in about 10 to 16 hours. Or opt for an available 240V charging station that cuts down your charging time to approximately four hours.” Volt drivers are currently averaging 900 miles between each fill-up, with the help of the advanced lithium-ion battery. When fully charged the battery first allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 38 mile, and then the onboard gas-powered generator provides electricity so you can drive even further.

The Volt only comes in one model which starts at about $35,000 and can increase with the additional features.

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