Chevrolet Volt all set to enter European markets

by Alex

The Volt from Chevrolet would be available in the European market. This was announced by the company at the Geneva Motor Show. Price for the car has been fixed as starting from €41,950 or US$58,560. For other European markets the price has been accordingly fixed and expected to be available from November 2011.

Opel Ampera, the sister car to Volt would also be available in the European market albeit at a price higher than that of the Volt. This car has been shown at its final production form at the Geneva Motor Show event. Company has stated that price of this one would be €42,900 or $59,885. However there would be different equipment fit on the cars depending where the same is being launched and prices would differ accordingly.

The Volt would have leather seats and all other safety features installed as well as luxury features. Warranty for the car would be 8 years or 160,000 km or 100,000 miles for the power unit and the battery pack which is a lithium ion set.

Wayne Brannon, CEO of Chevrolet Europe said about the Volt and its price, “Our price in Europe is based on the U.S. Volt price adjusted for transportation cost, import duties, exchange rates and homologation.”

Both the Volt and Ampera are being built at GM’s Hamtramck plant which is located in Michigan, US. Just the front and rear styling of the cars differ. Else they are quite close in resemblance. The EVs can do 40-80 kilometer that is 25-49 in miles in battery alone mode. With the addition of the engine / generator this range would be extended to 600 km or 373 miles as the generator is used to charge the battery while the car is underway.

370 Nm torque or 273 lb ft is generated by the 111 Kw or 150 hp electric motor. Acceleration factor of the car is nine seconds for the 0 to 62 mph sprint and top speed is 161 kmph or 100 mph. Recharging of the battery can be carried out using domestic power source of 230 volts and takes four hours to be charged.

Source: carscoop

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