The good news for Chevrolet fans is there are more great lifestyle products planned for the near future.
First in line is the much anticipated Volt electric concept which is scheduled to be in USA showrooms in 2010. The Volt is essentially an electric car with an innovative rechargeable electric drive system that runs on electricity. It has a small internal combustion engine that powers a generator to charge the batteries for extended range trips – powered by either petrol E85 ethanol or bio diesel. The Volt has the ability to travel 64 kilometres using only electricity as itsenergy source, a range that should be sufficient for the average daily commute to and from work for most people.
Apart from its advanced technology, the Volt’s other attraction is its beautiful exterior design with its muscular coupe shape.
When the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle debuts next year, advanced, fuel-efficient tires by Goodyear and a new sound system by Bose will be among the components helping the Volt to achieve up to 40 miles of electric-only range.
GM announced that the production version of the Chevrolet Volt will include energy-saving Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires and the Energy Efficient Series sound system by Bose. Internal tests show the low rolling resistance Goodyear tires will allow for approximately one mile more of electric-only range under certain driving conditions on a fully charged up battery.
For trips of up to 40 miles, the Volt is powered by electricity from the grid and stored in its lithiumion battery pack. Beyond 40 miles, a small engine-generator creates additional electricity to extend the range of the Volt several hundred additional miles until the driver can plug-in to recharge the battery.