Chevy Volt, Performance in a Plug-in Hybrid

2013 Chevy Volt at Les Stanford ChevroletIf you want to lessen your carbon footprint, you may consider a hybrid electric vehicle.  If you want to look sophisticated while going green you should look closely at the Chevy Volt.

In the past electric cars tended to look, more like science fair projects and less like something that blends in well on the street, but the Volt breaks that mold with a sporty yet stylish appeal.  An upscale mid-size car, it comes with a luxurious, high-tech, interior and an aerodynamic exterior.  Low in the front with a high tail end, the Volt creates a low drag coefficient as it carves it’s way through the wind.  Electric cars have the ubiquitous distinction of being considered sluggish when it comes to acceleration, but the Chevy Volt delivers a robust, yet smooth drive.

Armed with a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, on a full charge you can expect to get between 25 to 50 miles, depending on variables like speed and road conditions.  Once the Volt’s battery life is depleted the four-cylinder gas engine powers the electric generator, and you can get another 300-plus additional miles.  The seamless transition from electric power to generator isn’t noticeable when behind the wheel.

The interior is cutting-edge, equipped with two 7-inch LCD screens and an on-board control panel, that monitors energy usage and controls everything from climate to the optionally installed navigational system.

The popularity of the Chevy Volt has grown steadily since its introduction and it’s no wonder why.  The Volt delivers on every front.  Test drive one today at Les Stanford Chevrolet!

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