Chevrolet Volt to launch in NZ as Holden Volt

Chevrolet Volt to launch in NZ as Holden Volt

Ahead of its New Zealand launch as the Holden Volt in 2012, the Chevrolet Volt has been named 2011 Car of the Year by some renowned US motoring publications.

Holden’s Energy and Environment Director Richard Marshall is chuffed about the accolades and is going large with his claims that the Volt would have a significant impact when launched in New Zealand. “We committed in 2008 to bring Volt to New Zealand, recognising then, that this vehicle represented game-changing technology for the auto industry,” Marshall said.

“When it arrives locally, Volt will make driving more economical, better for the environment and will change the way we think about alternative transport solutions.”

The Volt has been described in the press as “a fully functional, no-compromise compact automobile that offers consumers real benefits in terms of lower running costs.”

Many of these benefits are due to the Volt’s ultra modern propulsion system. As the world’s first electric vehicle with extended range capability, the Chevrolet Volt has a total driving range of about 550 kilometres depending on driving style and conditions.

For the first 40 to 80 kilometres, the Volt drives on electric-only power using electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the battery runs low, a petrol powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range more than 480 kilometres on a full tank.

GM estimates that compared to similar sized petrol-powered vehicles, Volt will save motorists up to 1892 litres of fuel a year. This is based on US research that identifies 75 per cent of commuters travel an average daily distance of fewer than 64 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.

Mr Marshall said Volt would be provide the cornerstone of Holden’s new Ecoline range of vehicles – which will apparently offer consumers a range of affordable, efficient and alternative fuel solutions to tackle rising fuel costs and New Zealand’s dependence on foreign oil.

“Holden is committed to developing sustainable and cost-saving transport solutions,” he said. “These internationally significant awards further highlight the benefits of Volt and we’re excited to be working on the up-coming New Zealand launch of this important vehicle.”

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