Written by R.E. Lord
Production Chevrolet Volt
© 2008 General Motors

GM has finally revealed the production model of its famed Chevrolet Volt.  Although not has aggressive as the original, concept Chevy Volt, the production model clearly maintains some of the same distinctive features.

As noted in their Chevy Volt press release, "Because aerodynamics plays a key role in maximizing driving range, GM designers created an aerodynamically efficient design for the production vehicle. Many of the design cues from the concept vehicle endure in the production Volt, including the closed front grille, athletic stance, rear design graphics, outside rearview mirrors and more. The Volt's rounded and flush front fascia, tapered corners and grille are functional, enabling air to move easily around the car. In the rear, sharp edges and a carefully designed spoiler allow the air to flow off and away quickly. An aggressive rake on the windshield and back glass help reduce turbulence and drag."

Some of the other details of the production model were also disclosed including figures for electric-only driving, horsepower, and battery details.  GM has not modified the originally projected 40 miles of driving on electric power alone, noting that "when the battery's energy is depleted, a gasoline/E85-powered engine generator seamlessly provides electricity to power the Volt's electric drive unit while simultaneously sustaining the charge of the battery."

The GM Volt will have a 150 horsepower electric motor generating 273 lb-ft of instant torque powered by a battery pack consisting of 220 lithium-ion cells, and it will be capable of a top speed of 100 mph.

Production is set to begin late 2010 and the vehicle will be manufactured at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility.  The price of the Chevrolet Volt is still to be determined.