The 2017 Chevy Volt is out, and a number of dealers have reportedly started receiving their first units. A lot of excitement has been building up on this car. After all, it’s a hybrid, which means those still torn between a gas or electric vehicle don’t need to choose one or the other. With the Volt, they can have both.
The 2017 Chevy Volt has positioned itself in the affordable car market with its starting price of $25,720. It’s named the 2016 Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal. Chevrolet believes its use of both gas and electric power means you make “fewer stops, letting you focus on your commute.”
The 2017 Volt is powered by a 1.5L direct injected high-efficiency engine. It utilizes two electric motors, which work together to maximize the car’s efficiency while conserving electric charge and supplying “responsive power.” In the fact, the car is equipped with a Regen on Demand system that transfers the vehicle’s kinetic energy and stores it into the battery as the Volt slows down. The system is easily activated by pressing a steering wheel-mounted paddle.
Chevy calls this vehicle an “electric car with a backup plan,” since you can keep it running even when the battery runs out. With the battery, though, it can travel up to 53 miles. With a full charge as well as full tank of gas, the mileage goes all the way up to 420 miles. Meanwhile, between regular charging and tank fill-ups, Chevy expects the 2017 Volt can cover 1,000 miles easily.
During your drive, the 2017 Volt also provides driving assistance by way of its Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Safety Awareness Systems. As for communications and entertainment, the car utilizes Chevrolet MyLink, which allows you to make phone calls, get navigation assistance and play music from your gadget. Meanwhile, the Volt also offers Apple CarPlay compatibility and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi through OnStar.
According to CarsDirect, General Motors is offering a $1,000 cash back on available versions of the 2017 Chevy Volt. For the moment, however, the offer is valid only in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.