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Chevrolet Volt owners from across United States today gathered at nine Chevrolet dealerships to celebrate going electric.
During the event, Chevrolet hosted an online live-broadcast where the Volt’s chief engineer, Andrew Farah, answered owner questions and discussed topics ranging from the electrification of the Volt to the future of the electric vehicles.
“Our Volt owners are our best brand ambassadors, and we wanted provide them the unique opportunity to interact with and have their questions answered by Andrew Farah, the Volt chief engineer,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet small cars marketing director. “With our Volt owners having driven approximately 80 million miles, National Plug in Day was the perfect time to say ‘thank you’ for their support.”
Participating dealerships include:
- Capitol Chevrolet – San Jose, Calif.
- Capitol Chevrolet – Austin, Texas
- Ferman Chevrolet – Tampa, Fla.
- Harry Criswell Chevrolet – Gaithersburg, Md.
- Hendrick Chevrolet – Cary, N.C.
- Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet – San Diego, Calif.
- Keyes Chevrolet – Los Angeles
- Phillips Chevrolet – Frankfort, IL
- Serra Chevrolet – Southfield, MI
National Plug in Day, on September 23, was created to bring attention to the environmental, economic and other benefits of plug-in electric vehicles.
For the first 38 miles, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank. Volt owners have travelled more than 65 million miles since the vehicle launched late 2010. Roughly two-thirds of those miles were powered by grid electricity.
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I wanted to share some developments with you about our response to the NHTSA investigation into the Chevrolet Volt resulting from a fire several days after a severe crash test.
If you’ll remember, NHTSA began testing the Volt battery after one of the vehicles it crash tested in May caught fire three weeks after the test. Testing and analysis revealed the fire was the result of a minor intrusion from a portion of the vehicle into a side section of the battery pack. The intrusion resulted in a small coolant leak inside the battery, approximately 50 ml (one-quarter of a cup) of fluid.
Over the past few weeks, GM engineers have completed development and validation on a set of proposed enhancements and shared them with NHTSA staff.
We ran a series of internal tests and all successfully resulted in no battery pack intrusion or coolant leakage, thereby eliminating the chance for a post-crash electrical fire for this test condition. Continue reading