So, it came into the market to upset the Toyota Prius as the most fuel-efficient car in the United States.
The Chevrolet Volt is the worlds first true plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that was manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. It has been available to the general public since mid-December 2010.
The Chevy Volt can travel 25 to 50 miles, an equivalent to 40 to 80km on a 16 kW-h lithium-ion battery. The car’s battery can be charged by plugging the car into a 120-240VAC residential electric outlet. After the battery dies, it switches to extended range mode, when a small 4-cylinder internal combustion engine burns premium gasoline to power a 55 Kw (74 hp) generator.
The retail price for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt starts at Us$40,280 excluding any charges, taxes and incentives. Qualified buyers are eligible for a US$7,500 U.S. federal tax credit and some additional incentives are available in some locations.