Chevrolet Volt: Range-Extended Electric Car Ultimate Guide

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2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

2013 Chevrolet Volt - Driven, December 2012

The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car has been on sale since December 2010--but it's still one of the most popular electric vehicles on sale.

At the moment, the Chevy Volt is fairly unique in the plug-in car market, in that it's neither a traditional hybrid vehicle, nor a full battery-electric car. Instead, it uses a 1.4-liter gasoline engine as a generator, keeping the batteries topped-up--while most of the time, drive is handled exclusively by the electric motor.

Read our full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt

Over the next few pages you'll find links to all sorts of information about the Volt. This page deals with the basics and buying a Volt. Page 2 has information on owning a Volt, and the technology behind the car. On page 3, you'll find information on the Volt's social media and marketing, as well as a full run-down on the Volt's recent battery fire issues.

The basics

The Volt is a range-extended electric vehicle, with an official 38 miles of electric range, according to EPA figures. Total range, with the gas engine acting as a generator, is 380 miles. It'll do 98 MPG-equivalent in EV mode, and 37 mpg combined on the engine--though many owners are getting a much higher figure, making the most of electric running instead.

You'd best start with the basics, before reading our first drive of the 2012 Volt. We've also got first production photos, first drive impressions and an editors discussion - just how will the Volt fare? For further information, you'll find more links below.


Buying a Volt


So you've learned about the Volt, then what? You might be interested in pricing--$34,995 including an $810 destination fee--and then in the 8-year, 100K mile battery warranty. You can also compare the Ford Focus Electric and Chevy Volt, and read why one reader chose a Prius Plug-In over the Volt. Want even more? Check out some of the links below.

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