Chevrolet Volt Showcased at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

On sale in Canada in mid-2011, the Chevrolet Volt is propelled by electricity at all times and at all speeds. It provides up to 64 kilometres of gas- and emissions-free driving on a single charge and also has extended range capability; making Volts the only electric vehicles that does not leave drivers stranded after the battery’s charge is depleted.

"The Volt can help Canadians significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their driving routine and, for daily commuters, could virtually eliminate the need to visit a gas station again," says Neil Macdonald, vice president, corporate affairs, GM Canada. "We are genuinely excited to bring the Volt to the people of British Columbia and get them charged up about this game-changing green technology from Chevrolet."

"We are fortunate to have found a partner in Chevrolet who shares in our values of sustainability, creativity and excellence," said Linda Coady, Vice-President, Sustainability at VANOC. "VANOC is very proud to use the spotlight of the Games to highlight the cutting edge "clean" technology of the impressive Chevrolet Volt."

The Volt electric car is a no-compromise car with the passenger space, cargo room, functionality and amenities of a typical compact sedan. Thanks to instantaneous torque, the Chevy Volt is a fun-to-drive car with quick acceleration.

While in Vancouver, a wide array of people including members of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), media, athletes, government representatives and everyday Vancouver drivers will be invited to experience the Volt and provide feedback to Volt engineers.

Chevrolet Volt Fast Facts:

When using British Columbia’s clean electricity, the Chevrolet Volt will have less than four per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions of the most fuel efficient hybrid on the market today.

Charging the Chevrolet Volt daily will consume less electric energy annually than the average home’s refrigerator and freezer units.

At the cost of less than a $1 a day for a full charge, for most owners the Volt will be less expensive to recharge than purchasing a daily cup of their favorite branded coffee.

At 10 cents per kilowatt hour, GM estimates that an electrically driven mile in a Chevy Volt will cost about one-sixth compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle.

Chevrolet is one of Canada’s best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that range from "gas-friendly to gas-free," Chevrolet has nine models that offer 7 litres per 100km or better on the highway, and offers two hybrid models. Chevrolet delivers expressive design, spirited performance and strives to provide the best value in every segment in which it competes.