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2011 Chevrolet Volt

At a Glance

Pricing $40,280 - $41,675
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.4l I4 HEV
Fuel Economy 35 (city), 40 (highway)

General Motors introduced its Chevrolet Volt concept to rave reviews in 2007, but the transition from concept car to production has required many tradeoffs. Gone is the edgy styling that captivated show goers. In its place, an aerodynamic body designed for efficiency. While the powertrain is novel, it is closer in function to today's parallel hybrids than many had expected. With the Volt, you get a 4-passenger car that can operate solely on electricity for 25-50 miles. When the battery is depleted, a small 1.4l gasoline engine is used to maintain the battery and provide power to drive the vehicle. The lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable in 4 hours on 240V, or 10-12 hours on 120V.

What Changed:

The new Volt is a rechargeable electric vehicle with a small gasoline engine used to provide power when the battery is depleted. This enables electric only operation for 25 to 50 miles with the security of the gas motor for longer range when required.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Volt 1.4l I4 HEV (84-bhp) FWD 35/40/37 $40,280
Volt Premium Trim 1.4l I4 HEV (84-bhp) FWD 35/40/37 $41,675