Chevrolet Volt claims WhatCar? award

The Chevrolet Volt, an Alternative Fuelled Vehicle (AFV), has become one of the cornerstone models for low CO2 emissions and intelligent motoring technology over the past year, with its sophisticated Extended Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) powertrain.

The ‘Green AFV 2012’ award proves the Volt’s efficient capabilities and joins a long list of already claimed accolades, including the ‘Car of the Year 2011’ trophy from Motor Trend.

With its E-REV engine, the Volt bridges the gap between efficient petrol and electric cars as it offers the benefits of both. When setting out on the road, the Volt is powered by pure electricity, just like an electric car.

However, when this charge runs out, an 84bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine kicks in and recharges the electric battery, extending its range. This powertrain produces just 27g/km and can return up to 235mpg.

Although the Volt offers extremely low CO2 emissions, exterior styling is not compromised as it offers a stylish hatchback body style with strong body contours and Chevrolet’s large chevron badge on its front-end.

The Volt is also well-equipped and comes available with heated leather seats, cruise control, air conditioning and a 7-inch LCD screen as standard.

With its low emissions the Volt qualifies for both road tax exemption and the Plug-In government car grant, which knocks £5,000 off its price tag.

The Chevrolet Volt is the sister car to Vauxhall’s Ampera, which uses a similar powertrain and offers a wider range of trim levels for customers to choose from.

Chevrolet Volt prices start from £29,995 (after the £5,000 government Plug-In Car grant).

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