Getting to Know the Chevy Volt

By: Kurt Buesching | February 29, 2012

People that drive the Chevy Volt know how great of a car it is. Chevy knows how great of a car the Volt is. But the question is… Do you know how great the Chevy Volt is?  Well, if not, take a minute and find out the reasons that the Chevy Volt is, by far, the best extended range electric car around.

Here are some facts about the Chevy Volt that you may not know.

First, the Volt was one of the most awarded cars of 2011. It won the following awards throughout the year:

2011 North American Car of the Year

2011 Ward’s 10 Best Engines

2011 Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year

2011 Green Car Journal Green Car of the Year

Second, the Volt’s battery has been tested for more than 395,000 hours. This ensures that the engineers have tested and retested the battery and have shown how reliable it is.

Third, the Volt received the highest overall vehicle safety rating possible from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This 5 star rating for overall vehicle safety is the best rating possible and is just one more reason that the Chevy Volt is the best extended range electric car on the road.

There have been many misconceptions about the Chevy Volt in the past several months. There was a fire in a Chevy Volt that occurred after standard safety crash testing. However, the facts of that testing and its outcomes have been widely misrepresented.

The truth of the matter is that after taking place in part of standard safety test procedures performed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a totaled Volt was set aside with a partially charged battery. Several weeks later, that battery caught fire. The fire was investigated and it was determined that the battery was damaged in the crash causing it to leak coolant over time and that created an electrical short. GM is unaware that any real crashes would result in a battery related fire. Even so, GM is still taking steps to ensure even better safety standards to the already top rated Chevy Volt. To learn more about the testing and the subsequent safety additions, please visit http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/article/electric-car-battery-faqs/.

To see the latest Chevy spot for the Volt please click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfQ0i66KRs0