Electric Powered Cars

Imagine only hitting the gas station once a month. A fantasy? Far from it. In fact, Volt drivers who charge regularly are averaging 900 miles, or about a month between fill-ups.†

With the extended range Volt, you don’t have to choose between electric or gas. You have the option of both. First is the advanced lithium–ion battery that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 38 miles. But Volt doesn’t stop there.

There’s also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can travel a total of 380 miles on a full charge and full tank of gas†. Now that’s long-range savings.

Volt owners have already driven 100,000,000 EV miles. That means saving gallons of gas and making a difference for the environment. Add the 273 lb.–ft. of low–end torque performance, stylish good looks, and all the high-tech amenities and you get a better understanding on how Volt is changing the way we drive.

From total miles and electric miles driven to gallons of fuel saved, Volt owners are hitting milestones that help make them the happiest drivers on the planet. Meet some of the owners behind the data and get an idea for just how monumental these numbers are with the interactive infographic below.

If you can drive, you can drive a Volt. Instead of turning a key, you push a blue button. Rather than looking at dials and needles, you check two interactive LCD screens for feedback based on your particular driving style.

The screens allow you to learn how to get the most out of each charge. For example, suppose you want to go from A to B in the most efficient manner possible. Volt is programmed to respond with a choice of four driving modes. Normal mode enables Volt to drive like a conventional car, only more efficiently. Sport mode gives drivers more aggressive feedback and heightened response. Mountain mode maintains a power reserve for climbing long, steep grades.

And it doesn’t stop there. New for 2013 is the addition of Hold mode, which allows you to hold your battery charge in reserve. This is ideal for commuters who start their route on the highway and want to save their charge for when they hit stop-and-go city traffic. It’s another way we’re giving you even more options for choosing how you use energy in your Volt.

Even the seemingly simple act of braking has been taken to the next level. Regenerative Braking is a process that captures some of the energy normally lost during braking, converting it to electricity that’s stored in the battery.

The connection is direct: head, right foot, motor, power. Without a traditional transmission, 273 lb.-ft. of low-end torque has nowhere to go except to the tires and pavement. This helps explain why a vehicle with an electric propulsion system can feel so powerful and exhilarating. No wonder Volt has the ability to reach a test-track speed of 100 mph. There’s the smooth whisper-like quiet ride, perfect for expressing your astonishment. Out loud, of course.

A 16.5 kWh T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack powers Volt for an EPA-estimated 38 miles on a full charge. If you also have a full tank of gas, the total driving range is up to 380 miles†. It’s electric when you want it, gas when you need it. If the battery runs low, you don’t have to worry because Volt automatically transitions to a unique gasoline powered range-extending capability.

Even if you never use it, you know you’ve got a backup plan. Chevy puts the same kind of confidence behind our 8-year/100,000-mile Battery and Voltec Component Limited Warranty.†

Enhance efficiency. Have a ball. Simply keep the ball green and in the center of the gauge to enjoy optimal battery efficiency.

Hear this. Get incredible sound from an available seven-speaker Bose® audio system with subwoofer that’s 30% smaller, 40% lighter and uses 50% less energy than comparable Bose® systems.

Reduce friction. Drive on specialized Goodyear low rolling resistance tires and get up to one additional all-electric mile when compared to ordinary tires.

The 2013 Volt received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration† and was named a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. When it comes to safety, these are coveted accolades.

Your drive begins with the aid of an available rear-vision camera system that alerts drivers to certain obstacles when driving in reverse at low speeds. Drivers can also activate an audible alert that helps caution pedestrians who may not hear Volt approaching at low speeds.

But Volt doesn’t stop there. In 2013 Volt boasts two new available safety systems. First is Forward Collision Alert† which uses a forward-facing camera to alert you of slowing vehicles to help avoid or lessen the damage caused by collisions. Theres also the new available Lane Departure Warning† that monitors lane markings for drivers and warns them if they are drifting out of their lane.