2012 ecoENERGY Award
of the Year
Chevrolet Volt Models
An Empowered Drive
Imagine only hitting the gas station once a month. A fantasy? Far from it. Volt drivers who charge regularly are averaging a month between fill-ups. With the extended range Volt, you don’t have to choose between electric or gas. You have the option of both. First is the advanced lithium–ion battery that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 60 km. But Volt doesn’t stop there.
There’s also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can travel a total of 610 kilometres on a full charge and full tank of gas. Now that’s long-range savings.
Welcome to car 2.0
Compared to everything that's gone before, Volt is completely different. And yet at the same time, it's surprisingly familiar. Under the skin, Volt's technology is utterly revolutionary. Yet the Volt driving experience – the performance, the handling, even the control layout – is designed to make you feel completely at home.
Chevy Volt designers used extensive wind tunnel testing to shape everything from the unique front grille to the exterior mirrors and rear spoiler. This attention to detail gives Volt an extremely low drag coefficient and allows it to slice through the air with maximum efficiency.
A modern look that turns heads
Volt is changing minds about dependency on gas and turning heads with its good looks. The smooth exterior design is as sleek and contemporary as it is aerodynamically slick. Who knew that the future of transportation could be this stylish?
Inside your comfort zone
Volt surrounds you with the luxury of high-tech comforts. It is thoughtfully engineered to constantly connect with you, putting efficiency data, driving mode selections and even music choices at your fingertips. In Chevrolet Volt, everything comes together in an engaging way – with dynamic performance and intuitive control.
Just like the exterior, Volt has an interior with a flow of its own. A unique design incorporates a full center console with sporty bucket seats for four. Cup holders, storage bins, door panel storage, cargo space13 – 10.6 cubic feet to be exact – all the things you'd expect are there. What you don't expect is a dedicated umbrella pocket, another storage area for the standard 120V charging cord and available heated front seats.
Volt's standard Chevrolet MyLink radio is designed to be as easy to use as possible. MyLink helps you enjoy hands-free instant access to the music library and contacts on your smartphone. Touch controls and voice commands let you access Stitcher SmartRadio and keep your music library organized with Gracenote. And with OnStar's Turn-by-Turn Navigation you can get directions to virtually any destination downloaded to your Volt.
Performance & Technology
Instant torque @ zero
The connection is direct: head, right foot, motor, power. Without a traditional transmission, 273 lb.–ft. of low–end torque has nowhere to go except to the tires and pavement. This helps explain why a vehicle with an electric propulsion system can feel so powerful and exhilarating. No wonder Volt has the ability to reach a test–track speed of 160 kph. There's the smooth whisper–like quiet ride, perfect for expressing your astonishment. Out loud, of course.
A 16kWh lithium–ion battery pack powers Volt for an EPA–estimated 35 miles on a full charge. If you also have a full tank of gas, the total driving range is up to 375 miles4. It's electric when you want it, gas when you need it. If the battery runs low, you don't have to worry because Volt automatically transitions to a unique gasoline range–extending capability.
"I love the ability of being able to not burn any fossil fuels at all for many of my trips," says Volt owner Jim Jonah. "Yet I still have the ability to go on a last minute road trip/vacation/travel soccer game and not worry about running out of battery range." Even if you never use it, you know you've got a backup plan. Chevy puts the same kind of confidence behind our 8–year/160,000km Battery and Voltec Component Limited Warranty. Engineering in. Fun out.
So advanced, it's simple
If you can drive, you can drive a Volt. Instead of turning a key, you push a blue button. Rather than looking at dials and needles, you check two interactive LCD screens for feedback based on your particular driving style. "One thing I really love about the Volt is the cockpit. You sit in it, and you feel like you just stepped into the future," Says Volt owner Alex Fay. "You've got two really bright screens that give you all sorts of information about your car and your driving." The screens allow you to learn how to get the most out of each charge. For example, suppose you want to go from A to B in the most efficient manner possible. Volt is programmed to respond with a choice of three driving modes. Normal mode enables Volt to drive like a conventional car, only more efficiently. Sport mode gives drivers more aggressive feedback and heightened response. Mountain mode maintains a power reserve for climbing long, steep grades.
Efficiency gauge for instant feedback
Driving and Volt means fewer tailpipe emissions and less dependence on gas. The Efficiency Gauge gives you an at-a-glance readout of just how efficiently you are driving.
A safety philosophy that runs deep
The 2013 Volt received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration† and was named a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. When it comes to safety, these are coveted accolades.
Your drive begins with the aid of an available rear–vision camera system that alerts drivers to certain stationary obstacles when driving in Reverse at low speeds. Since Volt is so quiet, a driver–activated pedestrian–friendly alert helps warn people who may not hear Volt approaching at low speeds. Once on the road, drive with confidence knowing the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control is there to keep you on course. But Volt doesn’t stop there. In 2013 Volt boasts two new available safety systems. First is Forward Collision Alert† which uses a forward-facing camera to alert you of slowing vehicles to help avoid or lessen the damage caused by collisions. There's also the new available Lane Departure Warning that monitors lane markings for drivers and warns them if they are drifting out of their lane.
If a moderate–to–severe collision occurs, Volt is designed to respond instantly with eight standard air bags – including head-curtain side–impact air bags for outboard front and rear occupants, plus frontal side–impact and new knee air bags for the driver and front passenger. Meanwhile, the cabin is reinforced with high–strength steel throughout. But our protective measures don't end there.
Should a collision occur, crucial information can be automatically relayed to the OnStar® Command Center via OnStar® Automatic Crash Response. There, trained OnStar Advisors utilize GPS technology to pinpoint your exact location and can request that assistance be sent right away – even if you're unable to respond. OnStar is standard for three years.
Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy
Consumer Guide Automotive has recognized the 2013 Volt with its prestigious “Best Buy” Award in the “Electric” category. Factors considered include a vehicle’s value, features, accommodations and performance.
Government of Canada's 2012 ecoENERGY for Vehicles Award
The ecoENERGY efficiency for vehicles program supports the government of Canada's commitment to reduce Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions. Fuel Consumption Ratings for all 2012 model year vehicles are now available on Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) website.
Automobile Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
According to Automobilemag.com, the Chevrolet Volt endured more scrutiny and skepticism than any of the nine other semifinalists. And yet, it still emerged as their 2011 automobile of the year.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety – Top Safety Pick 2012
IIHS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage that result from crashes on the nation's roads. For over 50 years, they have been testing, rating safety and rewarding vehicles that meet their performance standard in front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests, and standard electronic stability.
Ward's Auto – Top 10 Best Engines
Ward's has been a leader in global auto industry news, statistics and analysis for over 80 years. The Top 10 Best Engines is awarded to vehicles that outperform in terms of power and torque output, noise, vibration and harshness levels, technical relevance, standard comparative numbers and price.
Euro NCAP 5 Star Rating
Since 1997, Euro NCAP has been providing drivers with an independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular vehicles. Top crash test results are awarded a "5 Star" overall rating.
Car and Driver's 10 Best Cars
The editors at Car and Driver have named the 2012 Chevrolet Volt to their list of 10 Best cars. Their rationale was simple: Volt is the first electric car you can drive beyond its charge. In one instance, an editor was able to drive the Volt 163 km using only 3.79 litres of gas. So much for range anxiety.