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Improved Range and Powertrain for the New Volt

imagesGeneral Motors has been one of the leading companies at the forefront in development of cars using hybrid technology. The company recently made a significant step by unveiling their latest version of the Chevrolet Volt. The car will be ready for the commercial market in 2016. The car comes with a completely revamped drivetrain. This will come as good news to most consumers in the market because it will greatly improve on the fuel economy of the car.

This new version of the Volt plug-in hybrid is designed to use a gasoline engine when the battery power of the vehicle is depleted. This significantly improves the driving range of the car. The car is scheduled to be market ready by next summer. The engineering executives at General Motors are optimistic about the major upgrades in the battery life of the 2016 model of Volt. The car will come loaded with an electrified transmission and a 4-cylinder engine. This is referred to as the Voltec system. This is expected to increase the driving range of the car by up to 12 percent from the current rating of 380 miles. This of course will be affected by factors such as weather and speed.

The new Volt model is also expected to offer a stronger low speed acceleration. There will also be smoother operation in the range extender mode. This is expected to increase the usability of the car, which will come as good news for most drivers around the world.

The developers of this new Volt model designed the car using input from the owners of the earlier models of the car. This was intended to design a car that would address the problems of most of the drivers in the market so as to come up with an acceptable product. The company found that most of the users of their earlier car models do more than 80 percent of their driving in the electric only mode. The company also discovered that a majority of the Volt owners charge their cars more than once a day instead of charging their cars overnight as recommended. This means that most of these car owners have access to curbside charging stations and also have a greater preference to use battery power for their vehicles than use their engine power.

The new Volt design took all these factors into consideration and designed a car that would help solve most of these challenges. This comes in the form of the new Volt.


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Hybrid Options in the Market

jlr-4The term hybrid has become a sort of buzz word in the market at the moment. The number of hybrid cars is set to increase by more than twice within the next two years in the world market. This is only an estimate according to the most recent research findings. The main reason behind the rise in popularity of this car type is the fact that they have more fuel economy compared to most conventional cars in the market. With the cost of fuel on an ever increasing trend it is easy to justify the increased demand in these cars in the market.

So what exactly is a hybrid car? The term hybrid is used to refer to a car that uses more than one source of power to run. Most of the hybrid cars that have been developed for commercial use in the market use battery power and a conventional internal combustion engine. When the power from one source is depleted, the vehicle automatically switches to the other source of power. There are some models of hybrid cars that use both electric power and the power from their conventional engine while others have been designed in a way that makes use of electric power only. The problem with the electric only cars is that they still have a low driving range compared to the conventional cars in the market.

On top of the above two options, there are plug in hybrid cars. These are hybrid cars that can be recharged just like plug in electric cars. There is also the range extender hybrid cars. These are powered by electric power, but also have an internal combustion engine that acts as a generator to power their batteries.

Car manufacturers have also started manufacturing diesel powered hybrid cars. This comes as good news to consumers because of the low level of fuel consumption that these type of vehicles have. Manufacturers are making a wide range of vehicles in this category ranging from super mini-hybrid cars such as Honda’s Jazz and the Porsche Cayenne.

Despite the fact that these may not be the most fuel efficient cars in the market, they make a significant effort to reduce their fuel consumption. Some of the latest generation cars such as the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder are already making use of the hybrid car technology to boost the performance and efficiency of their vehicles. The hybrid technology is infiltrating the market at a high rate and with so many cars to choose from, consumers are spoilt for choice.


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