Chevrolet Volt brings electric driving to all

The extended-range electric Volt hatchback offers a range of more than 300 miles if necessary but can also run for 50 miles on electric power alone.

This means it can be charged from an electric supply like any normal car and for most journeys, no other power will be needed.

However, for those who live in the country, the on-board 1.4-litre petrol engine will automatically turn on and recharge the battery on the move to extend the range.

The new Chevrolet Volt will help those who live in the country who have faced higher petrol hikes than in city areas, says Terry.

“In rural areas petrol is more expensive than in cities, fuel stations are further apart and people have to travel longer distances to shopping centres or places of entertainment, but everybody has electricity at home,” said Terry. “The Volt allows people to cut their running costs by using electricity to drive the car, safe in the knowledge that they have the range-extender as back-up.”

The Chevrolet Volt is a five-door, four-seat hatchback designed alongside the almost-identical new Vauxhall Ampera.

Chevrolet Volt prices start from £29,995 after a £5,000 Chevrolet Volt discount courtesy of the government’s plug-in car grant is taken into account.

For that price, the new Chevrolet Volt comes with alloy wheels, heated leather seats, solar-absorbing glass to keep the interior cool, leather-wrapped steering wheel and LED-lighting for the interior.

Standard equipment includes rear camera, a seven-inch screen, front and rear park assist, voice recognition and a pedestrian alert system.

Satellite navigation, DVD player, MP3 and a BOSE sound system can be specified as part of a £1,745 option pack.

The new Chevrolet Volt will arrive shortly after the Vauxhall Ampera, which is on sale now from Vauxhall UK dealerships.