The Next Generation Chevy Volt Will Cost \"A Few Thousand Dollars Less\"
|   Thursday, January 24, 2013
The first car with extended-range electric, the Chevrolet Volt, will cost less by a "a few thousand dollars," said Mark Reuss, President of General Motors, United States, at the Automotive News congress in Detroit. The change will be produced with the advent of the second generation and the announcement that prices will go down by eliminating some of the standard equipment.

Last year, the Chevrolet sold in the United States market about 23,461 Volts, 3 times more than in 2011 and the head of Chevrolet claims that sales will increase, and the "next generation will be better.

General Motors is planning more electric and hybrid cars, reaching 500,000 vehicles sold in 2017. The first model that should be released is the electric version of the Chevrolet Spark.

Voltec, the electric drive, provides power to the machine 100% of the time, and the main source of electricity is the high-tech battery lithium-ion with liquid for cooling/heating. What makes the Volt unique, is that when the battery runs out, a high efficiency and low noise 1.4 liter gasoline generator instantly activates to provide the power needed to extend autonomy of the Volt up to 600 km.

The Volt uses regenerative braking, allowing the car to recover energy when decelerating and transferring it to the battery, thereby extending battery life and the range of the Volt. With all these innovations and interesting technology, you do not need special skills to drive the Volt - you will feel comfortable with its operation from the beginning.

Any battery performance may be affected by extremely high or low temperatures. Unlike other battery electric vehicles, the lithium-ion battery on the Volt has a liquid thermal management system with active control. It maintains optimum battery temperature, and limits performance and maximum uptime, even when the car is stopped.

The battery within the Voltec system, and all its components, has a warranty of 8 years or 160,000km (whichever occurs first).
Inside, the Volt exceeds expectations in terms of space, comfort, functionality and equipment. Here are some of the most interesting features:
- 7 inch high-resolution reconfigurable LCD instrument panel
- keyless entry (with remote start) and start button
- centre console with an ultra-modern touch sensitive functions
- infotainment system (with power and energy management, audio system, climate control)
- black leather heated seats, center console and door panels with shades of white ceramic
- audio system with navigation with 30 GB hard drive for storing your media (DVD, MP3, AAC playback, music / video / media) and features RDS & DAB
- Bluetooth and hands-free phone operating system, which includes an embedded phone using the car antenna to improve cell phone signal and synchronize phonebook
- high efficiency BoseTM audio with 6 speakers and subwoofer, designed specifically for the Volt to provide excellent acoustics, as expected from Bose, with minimum energy consumption.

Currently, the Chevroelt Volt costs about 40,000 dollars in the U.S., but the authorities offer more discounts depending on the state where you live. On the European market, the Volt costs around 42,000 euros and subsidies vary from country to country.
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