In late April, state fire marshals wrapped up their investigation of the Barkhamsted, Connecticut fires that destroyed a garage housing a 2011 Chevrolet Volt. At the time, Barkhamsted fire marshal Bill Baldwin said that the investigation into the actual cause of the fire was in the hands of General Motors and Amica.
General Motors could produce the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt in South Korea through its local unit, says GM Korea's vice president of vehicle sales, service and marketing, Ankush Arora. According to the Wall Street Journal, Arora spoke at a press briefing late last week and stated:
One of the automotive engineering industry's most storied vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt has been the focus of thousands of articles, including hundreds on AutoblogGreen, over the past four-plus years as it moved from a wild-eyed concept to real production vehicle.
State fire marshals have wrapped up their investigation of the Barkhamsted, Connecticut fires that destroyed a garage housing a 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Barkhamsted fire marshal Bill Baldwin says that the investigation into the actual cause of the fire is now in the hands of General Motors and Amica (the insurer, presumably of Storm and Dee Connors' home and vehicles). Baldwin says that it may take up to a month before a final report is issued.
Most 2011 Chevrolet Volt owners only had to make one trip to gas stations in March, according to General Motors. In fact, GM says that the average Volt went 30 days and 1,000 miles between fill-ups. Cristi Landy, Volt marketing director, states that:
Ever wonder what the result would be if a Chevrolet Volt was left "running" for hours on end? Well, it just so happens that the folks over at the duPont Registry accidentally left their Volt "on" overnight. The result? A sudden blast of air from the vehicle's climate control system when the passenger door was swung open. Since the Volt is nearly silent when it's running on battery power, it can be difficult to audibly detect that the vehicle is on. The folks over the duPont Registry guess
We know from GM's Susan Stevenson that, in cold weather, the Chevy Volt "requires as much energy to heat the interior of a car on a cold day as it does to drive at a constant speed." Because of this, GM spent a lot of time designing the Volt's HVAC system to handle grueling winter weather while minimizing battery drain.
2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
For some potential buyers interested in heading down to their local dealership to test drive a plug-in Chevrolet Volt, the wait is almost over. Chevy dealerships in the Volt's initial launch markets of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. will, over the course of the next few weeks, receive shipments of dedicated Volt demo vehicles. Approximately 550 demo Volts will ship out in the first quarter of this year, with more than 2,500
During a recent presentation at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) in California, General Motors' technical manager for the Voltec battery system, Roland Matthe, described how his quest to locate a suitable plug for the Chevy Volt in the city of Pasadena turned into a journey he'll likely never forget:
During last week's State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his ambitious goal that calls for one million plug-in hybrids and electrics on the road by 2015. However, IHS Automotive analyst Rebecca Lindland thinks that hitting the one-million mark will require extensive fleet sales.
Chevrolet dealerships across the nation will begin installing Coulomb Technologies' Level II ChargePoint charging stations. This move is aimed at providing a means for buyers of the 2011 Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid that is shipping from General Motors' Detroit-Hamtrack assembly plant, to charge up their rides while out and about.
Harsh winter weather can diminish the range of battery-powered vehicles. Likewise, the performance of a plug-in hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt can suffer as the mercury dips. However, when General Motors' designed the Volt, the automaker wanted to develop a plug-in that could effectively tackle grueling winter weather without a noticeable degradation in performance. Volvo dealt with this issue by adding a small ethanol heater.
2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery