It has finally been announced that the 2012 Chevrolet Volt is coming to Boise, Idaho at Peterson Chevrolet. Its been 4 long years since the concept Volt was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007.
The Volt is 117.1-inches long, and 4 inches shorter than its cousin the Chevrolet Cruze. However, its 1.5 inches longer than the Toyota Prius. The wrapped projector headlights and shield grille give the Volt one of the lowest drag coefficients (0.287) of all GM vehicles.
With 17″ wheels, chrome and piano-black plastic along the window line, the Volt is a very attractive vehicle. Inside there are a myriad of capacitive-touch controls that are easy to use and read in the sunlight. There is a large touchscreen LCD that handles climate control, navigation, audio and vehicle information. Leather comes optional. The double-stitched seats come with a line of electric blue thread that add to the atmosphere of the Volt. Built as a hatchback, the Volt comes with 10.6 cubic feet in the trunk area.
Under the hood, the Volt uses a 111kw traction motor to power the Volt in electric mode. A 55kw electric generator powers and charges the system while a 84-horsepower 1.4L 4-cylinder gas engine provides extra power when needed. If the batteries drop to in charge, the gas motor will generate electricity to turn the front wheels. The Volt has a lithium-ion battery that has no memory so that it retains efficiency without needing to drain it all the way before charging. The battery also allows for a rapid energy discharge to keep the Volt very responsive. You can charge the Volt on either a 110v or 220v outlet. A 110v outlet will charge the Volt completely in about 10 hours, while a 220v outlet will charge in only 4 hours.
Even if you don’t have a full charge, the Volt’s electric/gas system allows it to be very responsive and feels the same as driving any other vehicle. You can get to 60 MPH in about 8.53 seconds in the optional Sport mode. The Volt weighs 3,781 pounds. Sticker price is $40k+. The federal government is giving a $7500 tax incentive to Volt owners and some states like Michigan are giving up to $15,000.
GM is making plans to build 12,000 Volts in 2012.
Reserve Yours Today
Initially, Peterson Chevrolet will be allocated 4 Volts. You can schedule a test drive or reserve yours through our Internet Sales specialists. They can be reached directly at (888) 472-1862. Our Internet Sales specialists will also have all details on colors, trim levels, and options.