The Volt was the first plug in hybrid on the Australian market
The Volt was the first plug in hybrid on the Australian market

The Holden Volt is the Australian market version of the Chevrolet Volt. It was also sold in Europe as the Opel Ampera.

The Volt is not  fully electric car. It is what is known as a “series hybrid” or also known as an “extended range electric vehicle” (EREV). This means that the Volt is driven by an electric motor, but has a petrol motor hooked up to a generator so that when travelling long distances the generator powers the car and tops up the batteries.

The Volt has a pure electric range of 60-70 kilometres, or with the petrol engine running it will travel around 600km on a tank.

A rebadged version of the Chevrolet Volt, the Holden Volt was a slow seller
A rebadged version of the Chevrolet Volt, the Holden Volt was a slow seller

In addition, the Volt can operate as a parallel hybrid with the petrol engine as well as the electric motor driving the wheels at the same time.

The Chevrolet Volt was launched in the USA in December 2010, and the RHD Holden Volt was launched in Australia in December 2012. In April 2015 it was withdrawn from sale in Australia as the new second generation model is only built in left hand drive.

When launched, the retail price was close to $60,000.

Approximately 250 Holden Volts were sold in Australia.

The Volt is only a four seat car.

Power; 111 kW

Torque; 370 Nm

Battery capacity; 16.5 kWh

Charging; J1772 connector

Top speed; 160 kmh approx.

0-100 kmh; 9.2 seconds

1/4 mile; 16.8 seconds

ANCAP rating; 5 stars

The dash of the Volt was frequently compared with iPods.
The dash of the Volt was frequently compared with iPods.
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