SHOCK: Holden Volt For 2012
The Volt is coming to Australia in 2012
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27th February, 2009
GM Holden has released the first images of the General Motors
Volt extended range electric vehicle as it will appear on Australian roads.
The images, which show a right-hand-drive version of Volt sporting Holden badges on its aerodynamic front
and rear were released today.
It is a local take on the vehicle that has gained acclaim for its ability to travel up to 64 kilometres on
electricity before using petrol or producing exhaust emissions.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Reuss said the company had been overwhelmed by public
interest in Volt since announcing it would launch in Australia in 2012.
"We think Volt has the potential to change the game in Australian motoring," Mr Reuss said.
"Since we announced our plans to introduce Volt to Australia, we have been overwhelmed by public interest in
the car and the technology that makes it work."
"There is no doubt that Volt’s advanced propulsion systems represent some of the most exciting alternative
fuel developments in motoring."
"At Holden, we believe Volt will play an incredibly important role in our efforts to make motoring better for
the environment," he said.
General Motors estimates that compared to similar sized petrol-powered vehicles, Volt will save motorists up to
1,892 litres of fuel a year. This is based on US research that identifies 75 per cent of commuters travel an
average daily distance of less than 40 miles (64 kilometres).
When Volt’s battery energy is depleted, a small petrol engine generates enough electricity to power the vehicle
for hundreds of additional kilometres.
GM also calculates that charging the vehicle at night through a standard power outlet will use less electricity
annually than an average household refrigerator.
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Volt is planned for manufacture at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in USA and is scheduled for launch in the US in
late 2010. The right-hand-drive version will launch at a later time.
Volt – How The Technology Works
Volt is an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV). In a significant advance from conventional hybrids, it uses
electricity to move its wheels at all times and speeds.
For trips of up to 64 kilometres, Volt is powered solely by the electricity stored in its battery without using
petrol or producing exhaust emissions.
When the battery’s energy is depleted, a small petrol-powered engine generates electric power for the vehicle to
travel hundreds of additional kilometres.
Advanced technology enables the vehicle’s battery to be charged in less than three hours on a standard 240v power
outlet. Charge times are reduced if the battery has not been fully depleted.
GM estimates that compared to petrol-powered vehicles that average 7.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, Volt
will save motorists up to 1,892 litres of fuel a year.
The 2012 Holden Volt will be made in USA
Volt – Vehicle Details
The design of the Volt production car has evolved from an original concept that was unveiled at the 2007 Detroit
General Motors developed an energy efficient design for the production vehicle, resulting in one of the most
aerodynamic cars in the company’s history.
Many of the design cues from the concept car have been carried over in the production Volt, including the closed
front grille, athletic stance and rear design graphics.
Inside, Volt will offer the space, comfort, convenience and safety features that customers expect in a
Volt – Battery Details
GM will establish the first lithium-ion battery pack manufacturing facility operated by a major car maker in the
United States to produce the Volt's battery pack system.
It consists of lithium-ion cells that are grouped into modules, along with other key battery components.
The plant will be located in Michigan, subject to negotiations with state and local government authorities.
Facility preparation will begin in early 2009, with production tooling to be installed mid-year and output starting
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