We’ve all been wondering about the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Volt. We’ve speculated about how it would drive, its features, recharging capabilities and performance but up until now we’ve never actually seen a really clean demonstration video. Translogic was kind enough to change that for us by providing us with a full road test and overview. The Volt is a techo-holoics dream ride that is packed full of innovation and technology, technology that GM hopes will change the way that we as consumers look at automobiles.
The beauty of the video is that it now shows us a fully functional production based Volt that is being put through the paces. The standard Volt can be charged from a standard 120 volt plug-in charger, the problem is that it will take you 10-12 hours to charge that puppy from dead empty. There is an available 240 volt charging station that will recharge the car in about 4 hours but that comes at an extra cost. From what I’ve seen the Volt is the first car to really take advantage of the new smart phone technology. In fact you can monitor, start and set-up your cars charging schedule from any smart phone from anywhere in the country as long as you have cellular service – that’s pretty trick stuff if you ask me.
Watching the Volt being put through its paces at GMs Milford proving grounds was also pretty cool. Like I said earlier, up until now we’ve never seen the Volt do anything but roll slowly from point A to point B, but now in this video they’re actually flogging the crap out of it. This is something that I think the public needed to see so as to make them understand that this car is not some fragile little piece of technology, but a hard tested full-on road car. Another interesting thing about the video is that Chevrolet is making direct comparisons to Nissan’s new all electric 2011 Leaf, Toyota’s Prius even the Honda Accord. GMs done their homework with the Volt and it shows, I just can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one so as to bring you guys a full report.
Source: Translogic Autos