President Barack Obama, who will be running for a second four year term on Nov. 6, said that when he leaves the White House, he will be buying the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Speaking at UAW conference yesterday, the president said he enjoyed the feel of the Volt when he toured a Detroit assembly plant in 2010.
“Secret Service wouldn’t let me drive it. But I liked sitting in it. It was nice. I’ll bet it drives real good. And five years from now when I’m not president anymore, I’ll buy one and drive it myself,” Obama said.
Obama’s re-election campaign touts the bailout of the automotive industry while Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opposes it.
Refresher – The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, ‘T’-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 64 kilometres on battery power alone. The system puts out 149 Bhp and a maximum torque of 370 Nm, allowing the Volt to go from 0-100 kph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 160 kph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes 4 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 10-12 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries an 84 Bhp 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 18 kpl. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 610 kilometres. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt gets an EPA estimated 150 kilometres per ’gallon-equivalent’ when driving under electric power only, 13 kpl when in gasoline mode and over the long term it is estimated to get 100 kilometres per gallon in combined gasoline-powered and electric-powered driving. Currently, Chevrolet Volt not on sale in India.
Source – AutoNews