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• World’s first mass-produced, plug-in electric vehicle with a range-extending onboard engine

• Revolutionary Voltec propulsion system delivers between 25 and 50 miles of electric driving with a long-life, 16-kW lithium-ion battery and 111-kW (149-hp) electric drive unit; and up to 310 miles of extended range with an onboard 1.4L engine

• Eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on lithium-ion battery pack

• Vehicle dynamics, upscale materials, refinement and spirited performance of a premium sports sedan in an ultra-efficient package

• Extensive use of high-strength steel and full suite of vehicle safety technologies provide occupant protection before, during and after a crash

• Easy-to-use technologies such as configurable displays, Chevrolet Mobile App powered by OnStar MyLink, and web portal enhance owner experience

• Five years of OnStar Directions and Connections service, including Automatic Crash Response, stolen vehicle assistance and connected navigation

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The Chevrolet Volt’s bold, sleek, performance-oriented stance conveys its electrically driven capabilities, and looks like an upscale, midsize sport sedan. This is made possible by its wide front and rear tracks (61.2 / 62.1 inches [1556 / 1578 mm]), 105.7-inch (2685 mm) wheelbase, wheels-out stance, sculpted belt line and premium execution.

“The Volt is a revolutionary car, and we wanted the design to make as sleek and dynamic a statement as possible,” said Bob Boniface, director of design. “When you look at this car, it’s very technical and refined in its execution, with lots of interrelating surfaces that bring clean, crisp edges and creases.”

Working closely with aerodynamicists in GM’s own wind tunnel to shape the Volt, design and engineering teams developed the most aerodynamic vehicle in Chevrolet’s history. By reducing the energy needed to overcome air resistance, Volt aerodynamicists contributed an estimated eight miles of electric range, and 50 miles of extended range.  

The Volt’s rounded and flush front fascia, tapered corners and grille enable air to move easily around the car to reduce drag. In the rear, sharp edges and a carefully designed spoiler control air flow. An aggressive rake on the windshield and back glass also helps reduce turbulence and drag.

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