Do you want to contribute for a cleaner environment and spare yourself from high price of gas? Have yourself a nice electric car. An electric car is a type of alternative fuel car that utilizes electric motors and motor controllers instead of an internal combustion engine (ICE). The electric power is usually derived from battery packs in the vehicle. These cars have been introduced in the market in order to have zero-emission vehicles against high oil prices and better environmental protection.
In response to that, General Motors has finally introduced 2011 Chevrolet Volt. It is expected to begin its production by 2010. This marks the new evolution of cars.
It can run at a top speed of 100mph. The electric drive unit delivers 150 hp and 273 lbs-ft of torque. It makes use of electricity to pick up speed and it uses such all the time and at different speeds. This is possible because the Volt gets its source of electricity from its lithium-ion battery that is capable of storing up to 16-kWh, enough for a 40 mile trip. When the battery’s energy loses its life, an E85 engine generator powers the Volt’s electric drive unit by providing electricity while sustaining the battery charge simultaneously. This operation increases the Volt’s range for about a hundred additional miles, up to the point when vehicle’s battery can be charged. This gives the driver confidence that he will not get his battery depleted after just a couple of miles.
The Volt can be used in 2 ways. You can either make use of a 120v outlet by plugging it into a standard household. You can also charge it using 240v of power. It takes less than three hours to get it fully charged using a 240v outlet, and about eight hours if plugged into a 120v outlet. The charging times can also be reduced if the battery of the Volt has not been totally depleted. Do you know that you will save more money on recharging the Volt as compared to buying a cup of coffee? It saves you more compared to cars running on combustible engines.
Run your car at minimum costs and help save the environment.