The production version of the Volt, to be launched in the US in 2010, uses electricity to move the wheels at all times and speeds in a significant advance from conventional hybrids. When operating solely on its battery, Volt can drive up to 64km without petrol or producing exhaust pipe emissions. Once the battery's energy is depleted, a small petrol engine generates electricity to power the vehicle for hundreds of additional kilometres. Volt is an important element of General Motors' strategy to provide a range of sustainable transport solutions to meet the current and future needs of motorists. GM estimates that compared to similar sized petrol powered vehicles, Volt will save motorists up to 1,892 litres of fuel a year. This is based on US research that identifies 75 percent of commuters travel an average daily distance of less than 40 miles (64 kms).
It also calculates that charging the vehicle at night through a standard power outlet will use less electricity annually than an average household refrigerator and freezer. GM says Volt offers spirited driving performance in a remarkably quiet interior. More than 220 lithium-ion cells contained within the Volt's battery pack provide ample power. The Volt's electric drive unit delivers the equivalent of 370Nm of instant torque, and a top speed of 160 km/ph. Inside, the Volt offers the space, comfort, convenience and safety features that customers expect in a four-passenger sedan. Modern controls and attractive materials, two informational displays, and a touch sensitive infotainment centre with integrated shifter distinguish the Volt's interior from other vehicles in the market.