Chevrolet Volt is ‘best eco solution’

The bold claim comes on the back of the Volt winning both the North American and European Car of the Year 2012 months before it even goes on sale in the UK.

On sale in the UK now from £30,000, the Chevrolet Volt is an electric car that uses a petrol range-extender to deliver up to 350 miles of range – more than treble that of the Nissan Leaf.

Chevrolet says 50 of those miles can be driven using purely electric power courtesy of a battery pack and electric motor.

However, when the charge runs low the Volt uses a petrol engine to recharge the battery on the go and extend the range further. When the petrol engine is running, the Volt delivers just 27g/km of CO2 emissions and fuel economy above 200mpg.

“The Volt is the first mass-produced car that combines the efficiency and carbon footprint of an electric vehicle with a range and degree of flexibility previously unthinkable in this segment,” said Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe. “The Chevrolet Volt is the best solution on the planet today for worry-free electric driving.”

Chevrolet has packed the Volt with a huge range of equipment as standard as a more premium option than a standard five-door hatchback.

The four-seat model comes with CD/MP3, parking assist, reverse camera and optional sat-nav, touch screen, digital sound system and 60GB hard drive.

The new Chevrolet Volt, on sale now at Chevrolet dealerships in the UK, comes with four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Mountain and Hold) and delivers a top speed of 99mph and a 0-60mph sprint time of nine seconds.

Designed using typical Chevrolet styling, the Chevrolet Volt is the sister car to the near-identical but more expensive and more premium Vauxhall Ampera.