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Mike Stevens | Jul 2, 2012

Holden has confirmed that its new Volt extended-range electric vehicle will kick off at $59,990 (plus on-roads) when it arrives in showrooms later this year.

The carmaker has also confirmed it will offer an eight-year/160,000km warranty on the Volt's battery and Voltec drive components, as standard with all Volt purchases.

The Volt's debut will also mark the first use of Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning in a Holden car, along with a range of infotainment and comfort features new to the Holden range.

 

Mechanical Package

The Volt is driven primarily by a front-mounted electric motor, producing 111kW and 368Nm of torque.

The motor is paired with a small 63kW 1.4 litre petrol engine, powering a generator that keeps the electric motor's 16.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack charged.

Running on the battery pack's initial charge, Holden promises a driving range of 87 kilometres - more than enough for most urban daily commutes.

When the battery's charge begins to run low, the petrol engine and generator kick in to deliver a total range of up to 600 kilometres.

Holden says the Volt will charge in under 10 hours on a normal 6A household power point, and under six hours with a normal 10A powerpoint. A dedicated charging point will bring the time down to under four hours.

There is also energy-recuperating brakes, contributing to the battery's charge.

While Australian figures are still to be confirmed, the United States EPA has confirmed a 2.5 l/100km equivalent fuel consumption figure for the Volt when only the electric motor has been used. When the petrol engine is required, a 3.9 l/100km figure is listed.

Suspension includes MacPherson struts up front and a space-saving torsion beam arrangement at the rear.

Check out TMR's First Drive Review for an in-depth look at the Volt's driving systems.

 

Features

External features include 17-inch alloy wheels (four only, tyre inflator kit supplied), an integrated rear spoiler, projector h eadlights, LED daytime running lights, side mirror turning signals.

Cabin feature breakdown:

  • Bluetooth with voice recognition
  • Cruise control
  • Touch screen satellite navigation
  • Steering wheel height and reach adjust
  • Automatic headlights, manual headlight levelling
  • dimmable instruments
  • Front and rear park assist, rear view camera
  • 7-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster display, featuring:
    Average fuel consumption, Trip computer
    Driving range – electric, petrol and total
    Electronic speedometer
    Feedback on driver usage and habits
    Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • 7-inch colour LCD touch-screen showing:
    Audio information
    Air conditioning information
    Outside temperature, time and date
    Vehicle personalisation settings
    Energy flow
    Configurable charge options
    Drive efficiency information
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls with illumination, featuring:
    Bluetooth, Cruise control, Audio System
  • Charge cord set
  • Electrochromatic inside rear view mirror (light sensitive)
  • Passive entry and start with sensor key technology
  • Electronic climate control
  • Leather sports seats (front heated)
  • Entertainment:
    DVD playback with MP3 compatibility, in dash CD, radio and MP3 ‘plug and play’ functionality
    Bluetooth connectivity, USB input with iPod compatibility
    6 speaker premium audio system (Bose®) with amplifier and sub woofer

Safety features include eight airbags - dual front, front seat side and curtain airbags (dual stage), left and right hand front knee. A seatbelt warning is standard on all four seats.

There is also Electronic Stability Control (ESC) incorporating, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Traction Control System (TCS).

A driver-activated pedestrian friendly alert is also featured, along with sensor indicators for lane departure warning, following distance and forward collision alert.

With seating for four adults, the Volt lists rear storage capacity at 300 litres.

 

Pricing

The Volt is priced at $59,990 - plus on-roads. With deliveries to begin later this year (a date has still be revealed), customers can pre-order the Volt now.

As with all new Holden cars, the Volt is covered by the HoldenWise service program. Capped price servicing of $185 (inc GST) is offered on the first four standard scheduled log book services for the first three years or 60,000km, whichever comes first.

The eight-year/160,000km warranty covers all 161 components of the Volt’s battery, its charging, thermal-management system and components of its electric drive system and is transferable to other vehicle owners.

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