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Chevrolet Volt Concept

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Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet
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Introduction 2007
Class Concept Car
Body Style 4-5 passenger, 4-door liftback
Length 170.0 in
Width 70.5 in
Height 52.6 in
Wheelbase
Weight {{{Weight - you get the point}}}
Transmission direct
Engine 1L 71hp 3-cylinder, 120 kW electric
Power
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The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid concept car created by General Motors. However, the company has avoided the use of the term "hybrid," preferring to call it an electric vehicle with a "range extender" due to its design.<ref name="Volt">Template:Cite pressrelease</ref> The vehicle is designed to run purely on electricity from on-board batteries for up to 40 miles —which is a large enough distance to cover the daily commutes of most Americans, which is around 25 miles. With use of a small internal combustion engine hooked to a generator to resupply the batteries, the vehicle's range is potentially increased to 640 miles on the highway. General Motors Corp. may build as many as 60,000 of its Volt electric cars for their inaugural year on the market, twelve times the sales of Toyota Motor Corp.'s hybrid Prius, for their inaugural year. <ref>EVWORLD NEWSWIRE: GM Could Build 60,000 Volt Electric Cars in First Year</ref>

The Volt concept vehicle was officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 7 2007 in Detroit, Michigan.[1] An updated version was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2007 in Shanghai, China. At the time of unveiling, the Volt project had been in existence for less than a year. It was started in 2006 after Robert Lutz, Vice Chairman of Product Development and Chairman of GM North America, learned of plans for the Tesla Roadster, a high-performance electric sportscar.<ref name="BusinessWeek">Template:Citation/core{{#if:|}}</ref> While the Roadster has a target price at or near US$ 100,000, the Volt is targeted to cost around $20K to 30K<ref>Toyota to test plug-in hybrid car in Japan</ref>, or $30-40K according to Lutz<ref>Bob Lutz: Volt Is U.S. Car Industry's Moon Shot</ref>.


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