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A small hybrid gasoline/plug in electric car produced by Chevrolet.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 11 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid car manufactured by General Motors, also marketed in rebadged variants as the Buick Velite 5 in China, Holden Volt in Australia and New Zealand, and with a different fascia as the Vauxhall Ampera in the United Kingdom and as the Opel Ampera in the remainder of Europe.

Sales of the 2011 Volt began in the United States in mid-December 2010, followed by various European countries and other international markets in 2011. Global combined Volt/Ampera-family sales totaled about 134,500 units by the end of December 2016. The U.S. is the leading market, with 113,489 Volts delivered, followed by Canada with 8,884 Volts sold through November 2016. Just over 10,000 Opel/Vauxhall Ampera cars had been sold in Europe as of June 2016, with the Netherlands leading the European region, with almost 5,000 Amperas and over 1,000 Volts registered. The Volt/Ampera family of vehicles is the world's all-time best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle as of December 2016.

The Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until its battery capacity drops to a predetermined threshold from full charge. From there, its internal combustion engine powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle's range as needed. When the engine is running it may be periodically mechanically linked (by a clutch) to a planetary gear set, and hence the output drive axle, to improve energy efficiency. The Volt's regenerative braking also contributes to the on-board electricity generation. Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cycle, the 2013/15 model year Volt all-electric range is 38 mi (61 km), with a combined electric mode/gasoline-only rating of 62 mpg‑US (3.8 L/100 km; 74 mpg‑imp) equivalent (MPG-equivalent).

The second-generation Volt's improved battery system and drivetrain increased the all-electric range to 53 miles (85 km), its EPA-rated fuel economy in charge-sustaining mode to 42 mpg‑US (5.6 L/100 km; 50 mpg‑imp), and the combined city/highway fuel economy in all-electric mode to 106 MPG-e, up from 98 MPG-e. Deliveries to retail customers in the U.S. and Canada began in October 2015 as a 2016 model year.

The Volt has won several awards, including the 2009 Green Car Vision Award, 2011 Green Car of the Year, 2011 North American Car of the Year, 2011 World Green Car, 2012 European Car of the Year, and 2016 Green Car of the Year. Controversies regarding the Volt include the extent to which the U.S. federal government may have participated in the Volt’s development, which continued through General Motors' 2009 government-led bankruptcy, and concerns about the battery-pack fire risk following a crash test that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performed on a Volt in 2011. At the completion of its investigation, NHTSA concluded that no discernible defect trend exists.


Multimedia

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
25 July 2007General Motors Brings Chevrolet Volt Car to Washington
VOA News

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21 November 2011Chevrolet Volt Battery Pack #3 Test
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 30:38
24 November 2011Chevrolet Volt Battery Pack #2 Fire
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 4:22


Photographs

Chevrolet Volt 2013 Geneva International Motor Show
Photo ©2013 Norbert Aepli, Switzerland
This photograph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
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Chevrolet Volt Die Cast Model Die Cast Model
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
C.A.R.S. in Miniature January 2011 After Christmas Banquet
January 8, 2011
View photo of Chevrolet Volt Die Cast Model - 2,508KB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
April 2011Calspan On-Site Electric Vehicle Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2011 Chevrolet Volt
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 1,556KB - 47 pages
18 May 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 103: Windshield Defrosting and Defogging Systems
2011 Chevrolet Volt, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 2.4MB - 36 pages
18 May 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110: Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4536 kilograms or less
2011 Chevrolet Volt, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.7MB - 43 pages
18 May 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 114: Theft Protection
2011 Chevrolet Volt, Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 4.7MB - 28 pages
6 June 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Dynamic Side Impact Protection (Rigid Pole)
2011 Chevrolet Volt 5-Dr Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.8MB - 116 pages
20 October 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Dynamic Side Impact Protection (Rigid Pole)
2011 Chevrolet Volt 5-Dr Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 4.7MB - 125 pages
20 October 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 305: Electric Powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection
2011 Chevrolet Volt 5-Dr Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 3.2MB - 40 pages
January 2012Chevrolet Volt Battery Incident Overview Report
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 18.9MB - 135 pages
12 January 2012Volt Vehicle Fire: What Did NHTSA Know and When Did They Know It?
Hearing before the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
United States House of Representatives

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- 3.7MB - 110 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
8 May 2007Chevy Volt Moves Closer To ProductionAnthony Fontanelle
5 June 2007GM Not Rushing To Build Chevrolet VoltAnthony Fontanelle
26 June 2007Chevy Volt Crosses Border To CanadaAnthony Fontanelle
24 July 2007GM Takes Chevy Volt To Capitol HillAnthony Fontanelle
25 July 2007General Motors Brings Chevrolet Volt Car to Washington VOA News
16 August 2007GM, A123Systems To Improve Chevy Volt BatteryAnthony Fontanelle
14 February 2008Chevy Volt Could Come With High Price TagAnthony Fontanelle
27 March 2008Volt Battery Contract A ‘Horse RaceAnthony Fontanelle
22 June 2008General Motors veröffentlicht Produktionsziel für Elektroauto „Chevrolet Volt“ Wikinews
19 December 2008Elektroauto und GM-Hoffnungsträger „Chevrolet Volt“ gefährdet? Wikinews
11 February 2009Chevy Engines: The Newest TechnologyRonnie Tanner
15 August 2009200 MPG Fish TalesKlaus H. Hemsath
11 September 2009GM's MPG WonderKlaus H. Hemsath
7 January 2010Chevy VoltEzra Drissman
22 July 2010Компания GM вводит восьмилетнюю гарантию на батареи Викиновости
31 July 2010US President Barack Obama test drives Chevy Volt in MichiganWikinews
11 January 2011GM Volts to Top at Auto ShowRosanne Skirble, VOA News
8 July 2011Electric Car Battle in US: 2011's First Half Sales of Volt Sales Lags behind Leaf'sMarty Vergel Baes
25 November 2011Statement of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration On Formal Safety Defect Investigation of Post-Crash Fire Risk in Chevy VoltsNHTSA
5 December 2011NHTSA Opens Probe into Chevrolet Volt FireKane Farabaugh, VOA News
5 January 2012Statement of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration On General Motors' Plan to Address Potential Fire Risk in Chevy VoltsNHTSA
20 January 2012NHTSA Statement on Conclusion of Chevy Volt InvestigationNHTSA
10 September 2012Profitability of the Chevrolet VoltSexy Atheists
28 October 2013General Motors, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
21 January 2014General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
21 January 2014General Motors, LLC, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
19 August 2014General Motors, LLC, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
2 June 2015Why Aren't Consumers Willing to Buy Used Chevy Volts with Higher Mileage Douglas Stansfield
6 August 20154 Key Range Improvements for the 2016 Chevy Volt Confirmed Patrick Rall
18 January 2017Petition for Exemption From the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; General Motors LLCFederal Register: NHTSA (Raymond R. Posten)


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