Indeed, since 2009 GM has been on a trend line of building sustainability into its production plants, and producing more sustainable vehicles. In its 2011 model year, the company turned heads with the Volt plug-in hybrid, which it has since been improving every year.
A plug-in hybrid features a battery that can both accept energy, and recharge while driving its additional internal combustion engine kicks in. When the battery's charge drops below a certain threshold, the engine kicks in and the battery gets a recharge from the brakes and the engine.
This gives you a approximately 40 miles of battery-run driving, before the high-efficiency engine starts up to complete the journey. The EPA gives this a 65-mpg rating. Doug puts this into practical terms: “A Volt with a full charge and nine gallons of fuel in the tank will drive you approximately 400 miles.”
CHEVROLET MEETS COMMUNITY-BASED CARBON-REDUCTION GOAL
“This initiative helped us to fuel the clean-energy movement with our customers to inspire more change.”
“Chevrolet launched this carbon-reduction initiative in 2010 when we debuted the Volt to demonstrate our commitment to a clean energy future,” said Alan Batey, General Motors North America president and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Since then, our Volt customers have driven 700 million electric miles and renewable energy is powering nearly a tenth of our company’s U.S. energy consumption.
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