• Feb 3rd 2010 at 4:58PM
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How the Chevy Volt works – Click above to watch the video after the break

Modern cars and trucks are nothing if not complicated pieces of machinery, and that's doubly true of hybrid vehicles. You can bet that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will set a new standard in high-tech gadgetry and computing tech on four wheels, so it's not terribly surprising that General Motors has seen fit to release a video explaining it all using easy-to-understand graphics and animation.

There isn't anything contained herein that our regular readers don't already know, but for the average person sifting through millions of YouTube videos looking for something interesting to gaze at, this clip could be very helpful. Plus, the next time somebody asks you what the deal is with the Chevy Volt, you can simply direct them to the video after the break. Easy as pie!


  • Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman
  • Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman
  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt passes a trolley while navigating the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt drives near the Golden Gate Bridge while on an engineering development drive in San Francisco, California Saturday, April 25, 2010. The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt navigates the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range on display at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt rolls off the line at the Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The pre-production versions of the Volt will not be sold at dealerships, but will be used to assure all steps in the production system will meet the quality targets set by the Volt engineering team. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet) (04/01/2010)
  • A Chevrolet Volt battery at the General Motors Global Battery Systems Lab in Warren, Michigan Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The Chevrolet Volt will offer customers an unprecedented standard 8 year/100,000 mile warranty on its lithium-ion battery. GM engineers have completed more than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation battery testing since 2007. Each Volt battery pack has nine modules and 288 cells. GM designed and engineered 99 percent of the 155 components in each battery. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

[Source: General Motors via YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not the highest production values ever, but it does hit all the key points and explains things in a simple manner that many consumers would understand.

      I hope this car's a hit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope it will be a success.
      • 5 Years Ago
      boring. GM needs clever PR team.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gee, 300 mile range! Didn't they originally claim over 600 miles in Extended Range mode? Let's hope they don't end up rethinking that 40-mile EV range, as well!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this thing is great, and this is coming from someone that makes fun of Prius owners almost daily. 40 miles on pure electric power would indeed eliminate 90% of my monthly fuel cost. I also think it is the best looking hybrid car yet ( or should I say, the only decent looking Hybrid ). It's too expensive though..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's include all the costs...hidden and obvious.

      Sales tax on $40K. At 5% that's $2K.
      Yearly excise tax on very pricey car.
      Eventually the pols will nail your electric car with a tax for highway operation. You know they are scrambling in their after hours sessions figuring this one out.
      Better check with your insurance company. I'll bet comprehensive and collision will be wicked pricey.

      This will not be a cheap ride

      Give me a historic 1980 VW Rabbit Diesel that produced 56 mpg overall. Now that was a true economy car. I know. I owned three of them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That video was so bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      She is wearing heels and her boobs are emphasized in a non obvious manner. HURRAY big marketing budget.
      As a product I am rooting for the Volt. Seriously, I hope it does well.
      The Volt is also the most overhyped automobile in history.
      "We are still relevant, look at this thing we have. give us more money"
      GM needs to STFU until the Volt is actually for sale.
      STFU.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, now how much?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am curious what states will do for revenue if gas use goes down. the volt is perfect for me, as i commute about 10 miles round trip. i theoretically could never pay for gas again, as i can shop within the range of a 20 mile round trip as well. the thing is, i live in ca, and when gas prices went really high, everyone stopped driving, and then there were reports of how the state was losing money to loss of gas tax revenue. if we all drive volt like cars, what will states do to supplement the income lost from this technology? i mean i could actually live without gas in my daily life (road trips aside) like this, but california is going to want their money from me regardless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      bwahahah, there's your fill of volt for the day guys
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed. The car is a step forward, in some ways, but the price is still ridiculous...as is the styling.

        Also, did anyone else notice the the error? "Less *then* most cellphone plans" If this video is actually a GM production, it is rather worrisome that an error like this was missed.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        STFU chad
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very nice; but still 10 yrs behind the PRIUS!


        Congratulations!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not everybody has a Lou Ferrigno at home to help them swap the battery out.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^^^The price hasn't even been announced yet and not everyone is a grammar whore in the real world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Madtuscan,
        Show me a Toyota Prius that can be plugged in overnight and has a 40-mile electric-only range and I'll show you a pompous Japanese auto manufacturer not in hot water over scandal du jour.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty good message, they hit the lifestyle points of the Volt, which is key since it won't be financially advantageous (total cost of ownership) over other vehicles for most drivers.

      They say the big advantage of the car is you can drive free of foreign oil. Is not the biggest advantage it has actually that when doing so, you still get full performance, unlike a dual-mode PHEV like a Prius. This statement is undercut a bit by their statement that the generator and battery work in concert on hills.
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