Chevrolet Volt History
The Chevrolet Volt was first introduced in 2010 as the tidal wave of more fuel efficient and eco-friendly cars was just beginning. Now, the electric car has silenced gas pumps across the country and continues to be a major contender for those drivers looking to go green.
Like many cars, the Volt first appeared as a concept car during the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), becoming the first ever series plug-in hybrid concept car shown by a major car manufacturer. It was such a hit that it was pushed into production in 2008, enduring strenuous testing to create the highest performing powertrain possible. The first Volts were produced at General Motors’ Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant on March 31, 2010. Since its 2010 introduction, the Volt has gone on to receive several awards.
When it was first introduced to the world, the Chevrolet Volt was able to get an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 35 miles. The 2013 model year was capable of reaching an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 38 miles with improved battery chemistry.
Chevrolet Volt Awards
Awards seem to be the Chevrolet Volt’s forte with 22 trophies to its name. Some of the more notable awards include:
- 2011 Car and Driver Ten Best Cars
- 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year
- 2011 North American Car of the Year
- 2012 International engine of the Year Award
- 2012 European Car of the Year