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  Chevrolet Volt a "science experiment"

Kevin Medeiros
Design & Graphic Editor
March 11, 2011

In January of 2011, Motor trend had voted that the Chevrolet Volt would be the award-winning vehicle of 2011. With its new technology and eco-friendly features, the Chevy Volt is known as more of a “science experiment” than anything.  

The Chevy Volt is a front-wheeled-drive, five-door hatchback. It runs completely on electricity, and only on fuel if needed. With the price of gas rising, the Chevy Volt only needs $1.50 worth of electricity and 10 hours to fully charge its battery. The Volt will only run on fuel when the battery begins to breach its empty point. 

Chevrolet has created a new type of technology that allows the Volt to capture the energy from forward motion by breaking, and transferring it into battery life. With this new technology Chevy hopes to increase the life of its lithium-ion battery. With 143-horse power, the Volt’s lithium ion battery can supply power for a 300-mile drive before switching to gasoline. The Volt can breach top speeds of 100mph. By running on electricity the Chevy Volt is as silent as any other hybrid vehicle. Even when switched to gasoline, it still maintains a silenced sound, and a enjoyable ride. The Volt comes with an 8-year, 100,000 mile warranty. 

You can find the Chevrolet Volt in only select Chevy dealerships in the United States. It will be available in all 50 states by the end of 2011, with the beginning cost of $33,500.