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Graphic: Inside the Chevy Volt


1. 1.4-liter gas-powered engine kicks in after 25 to 50 miles of battery use. The engine turns just the generator to power the electric motor.

2. Lithium-ion battery provides power for trips up to 25 to 50 miles. With a smaller range than a fully electric car, the Volt requires a lighter battery, therefore increasing efficiency.

3. Regenerative brakes add power to the battery during braking.

4. Charging can be done with either a standard household 120-volt outlet or a 240-volt outlet. The Volt's battery can be fully charged in four hours on a 240-volt outlet or 10 to 12 hours on a 120-volt outlet. The Evironmental Protection Agency estimates the cost of a full charge is 4 cents per mile.

5. Electric drive delivers the equivalent of 150 horsepower, 273 lb.-ft. of instant torque and a top speed of 100 m.p.h.

Source: General Motors

Read more: Graphic: Inside the Chevy Volt | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101201/BUSINESS0101/101130066/Graphic-Inside-the-Chevy-Volt#ixzz16s9ffKwY

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