The Exciting Arrival of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt
Don Hattan Chevrolet is excited to welcome the 2011 Chevy Volt to the Don Hattan of Wichita dealership.
Within the next six weeks, the Volt will be available for demonstration purposes, allowing for test drives and viewing.
The Chevrolet Volt is a 4-passenger, 5-door sedan that typically reaches a 379 mile range on a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas.
The battery has a 25-50 mile range depending on the terrain, temperature and driver technique.
The Volt is an electric vehicle with extended-range capability powered by the Voltec electric propulsion system. It consists of a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery, an electric drive unit, a 1.4-liter engine generator and a vehicle charge port.
Typically, the Volt takes about 10 hours to recharge the 120V battery and about 4 hours to recharge the 240V battery. This car packs a punch with a 273 lb.-ft. torque and goes from zero to 60 MPH in 8.5 to 9 seconds. Its top speed reaches 100 MPH.
A common question asked about the Chevrolet Volt is how it receives its energy. Basically, it can be generated in many ways: solar, nuclear, hydro, and even wind. A Volt in Brazil demonstrated this by charging up 100% clean renewable energy from Ventos do Sol Energia (Winds of South), the largest wind energy complex in Latin America. It was able to charge entirely from the wind turbine using the 120V cord set that came with the car.
So, as a resident of Kansas, how can we know that our terrain is prepared for an electric car like the Volt?
Westar, Kansas’s largest electrical utility, is working with many groups to ensure that everyone is ready for the arrival of electric vehicles. They are also working to install a number of publicly available charging stations in cities such as Topeka, Wichita, and Lawrence.
The Volt does perform very well in Kansas. It provides more than enough range to handle most driving needs, both in town and on the highway. The gas generator provides the extra distance needed for drives from Lawrence to Wichita, for example. There have been no complaints of the battery being drained due to the Kansas heat, either. This car simply reduces driving-related greenhouse gas emissions and the import of foreign oil by driving on Kansas-generated kilowatt-hours.
The dashboard in the Volt has two LCD screens that display speed, battery power, range to recharge or re-fill as well as an efficiency gauge that gives you real-time feedback. On the center console you’ll find a seven-inch diagonal high-resolution screen with touch-sensitive control that helps you get the most out of your Volt.
The seats really do the explaining themselves. Who wouldn’t want to sit in this car?
Have a Smartphone? You can access the Volt mobile app
Anywhere you get a signal on your smartphone, you can have control of your Volt.
You don’t want to miss out on this exciting arrival of the 2011 Chevy Volt! There will be demonstrations, test drives and viewings of the car.
Bookmark Don Hattan Chevrolet’s blog to keep posted on exact dates of the Volt’s arrival date!