After just shy of four years, two distinct body styles, much disbelief, and more press releases than we can count, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car is here.

We'll be driving the 2011 Volt this week, and we have a lot of questions about what the car is like.

But we expect you do, too, so here's our offer: Send us your questions about the Chevy Volt--any aspect at all of the car, the charging process, or the launch of GM's first electric car since the late lamented EV1--and we'll do our best to provide you with answers.

To spark your thoughts, remember that we drove a pre-production 2011 Volt in January. At that time, we remarked on its smooth delivery of electric power and the consistent performance in both electric and range-extended modes.

As a range-extended electric car (known as a series hybrid, not a "hybrid" as the phrase is used by the car-buying public), the Chevrolet Volt runs solely on electricity that powers an electric motor driving the front wheels.

2011 Chevrolet Volt 240V charging station

2011 Chevrolet Volt 240V charging station

The 16-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged (in roughly five hours or less) by plugging it into a 110-Volt or 220-Volt wall outlet, although Chevrolet also offers a home charging station for $490 (plus $1,475 installation).

Once the battery pack is depleted (after 25 to 50 miles, depending on usage), the 1.4-liter range extender engine switches on to power a generator that provides power to continue running the car for another 300 miles or so.

Adding gasoline to Refueling the Volt is just like a standard vehicle; it has both a recharging port and a gasoline door, depending on which energy source you're using.

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt goes on sale in California and other regions next month for $41,000, and is eligible for a $7,500 Federal tax credit plus various state incentives.

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