Chevrolet Volt: GM’s new generation of electric cars

In Detroit: The Chevrolet Volt concept sedan powered by the E-flex system (GM’s next-generation electric powertrain) offers a remarkable design that could eliminate trips to the gas station.

The Chevrolet Volt is a battery-operated four-passenger electric vehicle equipped with top-of-the-line Chevy parts and uses a gasoline engine to generate additional electricity to extend its range. The Volt concept derived from GM’s previous experience in the modern electric vehicle market, particularly in 1996 when it launched the EV1.

According to GM Vice President Robert A. Lutz, “The EV1 was the benchmark in battery technology and it was a great achievement. The Chevrolet Volt is a new type of electric vehicle. It addresses the problem of range and has room for passengers. and his stuff. You can go up a hill or turn on the air conditioning and not worry about it. “

But despite the encouraging words of GM Chairman Lutz, a large number of people frown at the idea basically because EVs have limitations such as limited range, limited space for passengers or luggage, inability to climb hills or operate. the air conditioner without draining the In addition to the battery, there is no device that can help you in case the battery charge runs out. — GM has resolved all of the aforementioned issues with your Volt.

The Volt can be charged simply by plugging it into a 110-volt outlet for six hours. When the lithium-ion battery is fully charged, the Volt is capable of covering 60 city kilometers of pure electric vehicle range. In the event of a dead battery, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine spins at a constant speed (measured in rpm) producing electricity while simultaneously recharging the battery.

President Lutz further explains: “If you lived less than 50 km from work (100 km round trip) and charged your vehicle every night when you got home or during the day at work, you would get a fuel consumption of 1 , 6 liters per 100 km More than half of Americans live within 30 km of their workplace (60 km round trip).

The Volt is also capable of running 4.7 1/100 km even when it’s low on charge. It uses its engine to convert gasoline into electricity and extends its autonomy to 1030 km, which doubles the capacity of any conventional vehicle. It is also designed to run on E85, which is a fuel blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.

The Volt is just a variant of the E-flex system and makes use of a large battery and a small 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that produces enough electricity to cover 1030 km. GM will showcase the other E-flex variants at future auto shows.