If you're among those waiting for the Volt's price to drop before buying, then today is your day. Well...sort of. GM announced earlier today that they will be shaving $1,005 off the base price of the 2012 Chevy Volt. Of course, there's one small catch.
TRANSLOGIC 51 has Bradley sitting in a familiar spot, behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Volt. Now that the Volt is a real car you can actually buy, here are a few details you may have missed.
First, the Volt is offered in just one trim level, but, unlike a typical entry-level vehicle, the Volt actually comes nicely equipped. Since the Volt's asking price is about $40,000, GM's done quite a bit to give the car a premium feel versus its less expensive EV rival, the Nissan Leaf.
All the controversy surrounding the Chevy Volt's unique drivetrain raises a bigger issue: Why would GM mislead the media for months about how it really works? Why does the company refuse to call the Volt a plug-in hybrid, the most obvious and accurate description of the car?
Why, even now, having explained that the gas engine does indeed couple to the transaxle gearing that drives the wheels of the car, do Chevy PR people insist on making statements in their press materials like these?
On the first day of its Chevy Volt media drive program, GM officials confirmed speculation that the Volt's 1.4-liter gas engine does help drive the wheels of the car, "in low torque situations," according to Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah. "It's all about efficiency," he said.
GM is using a version of its two-mode hybrid transmission that allows for a so-called "power split" mode that connects the crankshaft of the gas engine to the Volt's two electric drive motors by means of a planetary gea
To make the most of the Volt and its unique powertrain, Chevy engineers gave the car three driving modes, Normal, Sport and Mountain. Normal and Sport are easy enough to figure out – Normal is the most efficient for everyday driving and Sport delivers a little extra off-the line spunk. However, Mountain Mode is really interesting because it goes against much of what we've read and assumed about the Volt. Here's how it works and why it's necessary.