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2012 Chevy VoltHalf battery, half engine, but a lot of tech to go with it. Just don't call it a hybrid.
This is the 2012 several labels. Now -- NG -- dump a whole lot of money into developing electric vehicle and probably a lot more advertising getting the word about what exactly it is. So why is it that no one I've run into this -- -- that you could actually running on gasoline if you need to. -- as one do would cnet.com. Let's take a look under the hood of this 2012 model and -- what makes it tick. Just remember don't call it a hybrid. There is pain since -- -- our -- staying with -- Last. There is kind of a letter -- -- mean it's lightest. Images. Cost around it was what seemed like little regard for every ability or usability I mean. Heck even the Prius is monochrome eyebrow and better looking and you'll be looking if you don't crashed his car on the first time out when you spend five minutes looking for the navigation button. Fortunately you've got a couple of actual physical button here in there and at the top of the display you've got a nice touch sensitive display. And this seven inch display -- actually kind of nice because it's good to be able to have that touch sensitivity when you need to for example quickly input an address or select the song. Energy info screen here that -- you how green your driving you've also got a nice break out that lets you know how much electric energy you've used for how much gas. Now audio sources for this car's optional seven speaker Bose audio system include a USB port in auxiliary Jack in the -- console here. You've also got. Bluetooth hands free calling serious accidents satellite radio and of course does CD AM FM radios that receive there. Curiously you don't have Bluetooth audio streaming and that made this injury -- they're very frustrated this week now the navigation system includes trafficking in its -- Passable but it's not exactly what I'd call committed. Let's go to the point of interest. Database here and look for. Fuel for this car now it shows gas into his biodiesel diesel. Hydrogen compressed natural gas I think that -- card doesn't actually use. Nowhere in here will it actually show you charging space. You'd think that -- and one that -- -- want to be the best optimal fuel economy but sorry it's not here. No -- the -- -- is a one point four liter gasoline engine now that may seem like a pretty low displacement. Or card inside -- mean things about the sad and -- don't worry that's not actually turning the wheels. Will there actually turn by 111. Kilowatt electric motor. Now that's actually twisting those front wheels to the tune of about 273. Pound feet of torque. That's a lot more like it. That -- a -- if you pretty good pick up. From a vehicle this size and all of that -- is available from about zero rpm. An electric motor -- -- -- from a sixteen kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack -- the T shaped battery pack that actually -- -- out of the vehicle. Actually the reason why you have to bucket seats in the back that the conventional bench. But don't call it a hybrid in front of a Chevrolet -- that kind of -- of -- wrapped across the knuckles with a ruler. This is a range extender electric vehicle that's basically because the gasoline engine it is physically connected to the wheels under most circumstances. That allows the gasoline engine to run -- -- RPM that is independent of the vehicle road speed so that it can get the best possible. Energy out of every gallon -- This. Is the -- electrical charging port and this is the charger comes with a car. The gasoline -- is actually on the other side they don't get confused. Now plug this thing up to 240 volts of electricity and you'll get about 35 involve a range in -- -- for hours. -- drop down to standard 110 volt power you can pretty much double that charging time. The first things are gonna notice about the whole time. When you hop into it and you gotta have good battery charge going in that it in. -- But electric cars -- just. -- significantly and that. Miss car as I mentioned earlier Scott torque. Brigades mean even when you're in just the standard. Moto Q I actually have three different modes of Melton mode standard code -- sport mode. -- -- Sport could actually give you. Really good pick up now -- that I didn't notice is that once you run out of your electric power and that. Gasoline engine -- the line does seem a little bit out to -- you can accurate you can feel it through the -- -- not really. Good news. Sounding engine and because it sits at one and RP in the entire time -- the kind of drone offline. But -- do not like about the -- do not like the news breaks. Have been more than a couple of situations where I thought he had given a green card just doesn't slow and -- -- do every thing what clinching moment you think -- -- and somebody. Starts at 39. Out of 145. Dollars but you can probably not about that 500 dollars -- that right if you qualify for the full federal EV tax credit. Knowledge into the tech dot. Navigation is 1995. Dollars go ahead and add more -- -- about dollars. Premium Bose audio system says -- options and actually separated. All live our tests at the right up to 44170. Dollars before any sort of text and ultimately double value will depend on -- the you have a home charging station installed which -- most definitely should because without daily -- -- Double -- -- screen lets you view of Al. Greenest fuel economy for what seems like a lot of excrement.