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.
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 In April 2015 it was withdrawn from sale in Australia as the new second generation model is only built in left hand drive.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