Holden’s Volt electric vehicle with extended range mode will establish an
entirely new segment in the Australian market when it launches late in 2012. The five-door,four-passenger Volt is designed to provide the benefits of an electric vehicle without the range limitations usually associated with electric vehicles.
“The Holden Volt can be the only car you need to own,” said Mike Devereux, Holden
Chairman and Managing Director.
“The Volt is a true game changer for Holden and the entire industry. It promises to
revolutionise the way people view electric vehicles with its world-beating drivetrain,
progressive styling and outstanding safety.
“The Volt also signals the start of a new era for Holden as we take a leadership position on technology and sustainable motoring. This is an incredibly exciting vehicle.”
About The Technology
The Holden Volt is not a hybrid. It is a one-of-a-kind, all-electrically driven vehicle designed and engineered to operate in all climates, with a total range of more than 500 kilometres (depending on conditions).
Powered by GM’s revolutionary Voltec propulsion system, it consists of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive unit that provide a pure electric range of between 60 and 80 kilometres, depending on conditions. A 1.4 litre petrol-powered engine extends the range by operating the vehicle’s electric drive system until the car can be recharged or refuelled.
This distinguishes Volt from other electric-only vehicles, which cannot be operated when
recharging is not immediately available – such as during a power interruption or on a long distance trip.
“The Holden Volt makes the electric driving experience as efficient, intuitive, safe and
seamless as any vehicle in the market today,” said Richard Marshall, Holden’s Director of Energy, Environment and Technology.
“Volt makes driving more economical, more environmentally friendly and is the next leap in Holden’s journey towards a sustainable motoring future.”