2011 Chevrolet Volt Review
Editors Note: The second model year (2012) version of the Chevrolet Volt's gasoline engine will be authorized to run on Flex Fuel (E85) allowing owners to virtually eliminate use of gasoline, U.S. YEA!
Chevy's easy-driving Volt could be your only car
October 22, 2010: James R. Healey writing for USA TODAY about the 2011 Chevrolet Volt reported that Chevrolet's 2011 Volt battery car, due in at least a few customers' hands in December, represents a staggering amount of engineering in order to be sure you never notice all that sophistication.
Except for the gee-whiz instrument panel, you might figure you were in a normal car. And that's stunning, because Volt combines an electric motor, a generator that itself sometimes works as a motor and a small gasoline engine to create a drivetrain that uses no gasoline for 25 to 50 miles, then sips it.
Most impressive, though, is that the Chevrolet Volt is a premium execution of a pleasant-looking, easy-driving small car — one you'd probably be satisfied to have as your only vehicle (assuming you don't need a big car or roomy back seat).
The General Motors engineers who created the Volt are reading from the right page in the reality manual: The driver should be able to behave normally and still get commendable fuel economy. The car should do the work. If the driver wants to help by motoring so gently as to create a trailing queue of aggravated, road-raged motorists, so be it. But that's not necessary to achieve low fuel consumption.
COMPLETE USA TODAY 2011 Chevrolet Volt Review HERE