The Chevrolet Volt Electric Vehicle

The Chevrolet Volt Electric Vehicle
2010 will be the year that the first 100% electric vehicles will hit the road in the US. Chevrolet's Volt electric vehicle is set to appear at the end of the year after much anticipation.

The Chevy Volt will receive all of its power from an array of specially made lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. It will also have a small gas powered generator to continue making electricity to drive the car if the battery is depleted before you can recharge.

The Volt is designed to be able to drive 40 miles on a single charge from a charging station that will be built right in your garage or the exterior of your house!

Until electric vehicles become more common, this will be the only way to recharge the vehicle.
As more of these cars are made and continue to populate our roads, public charging stations will be built.

The car will also recharge itself as the car decelerates (slows down) while driving. Because the motor continues to produce electricity as the car moves forward, instead of wasting that energy it's used to recharge the battery.

National rollout of the Volt is begins in November of 2010 in California, Michigan, and Washington D.C. Pre-production orders for the rollout have already been filled so if you're not on the list and you'd like one, you can sign up at any Chevrolet dealership for future availability.

The batteries for the Volt, as well as the cars themselves, are made here in the US and these factories that make them have been working overtime to keep up with the demand.

The government is also looking at giving tax breaks and other incentives to buyers of these automobiles so stay tuned to activity in that area if you plan to buy.

Another neat part of owning a Volt is that OnStar, GM's emergency satellite warning system, has a phone app. specifically for Volt owners.
Using your phone you can get updates to your current fuel efficiency and driving range.

You can also look up the car's current charge capacity (will it still be called half of a tank?) and determine what time your car will be fully charged.
In the future, you'll also be able to find out where the closest public charging station is.

All of this for around $30,000. As more of the vehicles are sold over the next few years, I would expect this price to decrease.

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