More details have been revealed about GM’s Chevrolet Volt, including its projected 0-60 time and an estimate on its price.
In an official GM webchat, Jon Lauckner, co-creator of the Volt, said it was likely the Volt would cost around $40,000 (£25,000), although no final decision would be taken until three to six months before production started.
Lauckner said the Volt would reach 0-60mph in less than nine seconds and it would have the feel of a 250bhp V6 engine. He also said it would be “capable of squawking the tyres” and its 0-30mph time would be much more dramatic.
GM expected the Volt’s battery pack to be able to last for 10 years or 150,000 miles and it would offer a warranty to match this, he added.
Lauckner denied the possibility of an all-electric GM car or an all-wheel-drive Volt variant, although an all-wheel-drive Volt would be possible.
GM plans to have pre-production models available for testing by employees and “a few others” within a year, and the Volt is still on course for going on sale in November 2011.