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The Holden Volt is a long range electric vehicle that can be recharged from a regular household power outlet
Holden demonstrated its first electric vehicle, the Holden Volt, at a technology workshop in Sydney today. Here's all the details!
Set to go on sale in Australia in November starting at a cool $59,990, the Holden Volt is a long range electric vehicle that can be recharged from a regular household power outlet. It's the first car of its kind to go on sale in Australia.
Mike Devereux, Holden's chairman and managing director, discussing the Volt today in Sydney.
The wheels of the Holden Volt are powered purely by an electric battery. The Lithium-ion battery provides traction while a petrol-based generator maintains power in that electric battery when it runs out of charge.
Holden says the Volt should cost around $2.50 to fully charge, though the ultimate cost will depend on electricity rates.
The Volt can be charged using a standard 10 amp Australian powerpoint and the supplied charger. It should take less than six hours to charge.
The Holden Volt has a heavy focus around infotainment and active safety inclusions. It comes standard with a Bose entertainment system with voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, full GPS satellite navigation, DVD, MP3, USB and iPhone/iPod connectivity, a 7in colour touch screen interface and a 30GB hard drive.
The Volt uses a second 7in touchscreen that replaces the traditional driver instrument panel.
The infotainment system uses capacitive, touch sensitive buttons in addition to the centre-mounted touchscreen.
The driver instrument panel can display details like battery state of charge and electric range, the speedometer, fuel level and extended-mode range, driving efficiency, trip information, tyre pressure information, oil life and a real time energy flow.
A lane departure warning system in the Volt notifies the driver when they are moving outside a lane without indicating. A forward collision alert uses a windscreen mounted camera to warn at three preset distance settings.
The Holden Volt is manufactured in the US.
The 300 litre boot of the Holden Volt. On the left is the included charger, which plugs into a standard Australian wall outlet. It has a 6 metre cord.
The power outlet on the left side of the Volt is where the charging outlet is located.
Under the hood of the Holden Volt.
Keyless entry and push start capability are standard features.
The Holden Volt has three drive modes: normal mode, sport mode and hold mode. The latter allows drivers to choose when the Volt uses the petrol generator.
The Holden Volt's T-shaped Lithium-ion battery is located in the middle of the car.
A reverse camera with marked guidance is a standard feature on the Volt.
The Holden Volt seats four adults, with two bucket seats in the back.
The Holden Volt will be available in Australia from 1 November and will retail for $59,990 plus on-road costs.
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