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Mike Stevens | Jun 6, 2012

Holden has announced its participation in Victoria's five-year Electric Vehicle Trial, with the addition of the carmaker's upcoming Volt electric range extended vehicle to the programme.

Launched in 2010, the trial is a Victorian government and industry initiative designed to test the viability and impact of electric vehicles in everyday situations.

The announcement comes as part of Holden's national Energy and Environment Week, focusing on energy and sustainability initiatives at Holden's Victorian and South Australian facilities.

“While electric cars have been a dream for decades, they are now a reality and cars like the new Holden Volt put electric driving within the reach of everyday drivers," Holden's Director for Energy and Environment, Richard Marshall, said.

“By getting involved in the Victorian Electric Vehicle Trial we hope to develop a better understanding of how people drive and recharge vehicles in Australia.”

Until recently, Holden has been running overseas left-hand-drive version of the Volt as demonstration and engineering test vehicles.

This week, the first right-hand-drive cars will hit local roads, driven by Holden employees as part of the Electric Vehicle Trial.

 

About the Volt

The Volt is driven primarily by a 111kW/368Nm front-mounted electric motor, paired with a small 1.4 litre petrol engine, the latter powering a generator that keeps the electric motor's lithium-ion battery pack charged.

Holden boss Mike Devereux is confident that the Volt will be a success in Australia, describing the car as "one of the most technologically advanced cars on the road anywhere in the world".

“Volt will make driving more economical, more environmentally-friendly and will fundamentally change the way Australia thinks about alternative transport solutions," Devereux said at the Volt's Australian unveiling in December.

“This is the start of something big for Holden and Australia.”

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