As a plug-in hybrid, the front-drive Volt is a four-door hatchback that is motivated by a good electric motor with a range of about 40 miles. That’s enough for most people to go to work and back. If you need to go further, the gasoline-powered engine will act as a generator to extend the car’s range up to 300 miles and turn the 2018 Chevrolet Volt into a regular hybrid.
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid five-seat hatchback sedan sold in LT and Premier trims levels.
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of twin electric motors (149 horsepower) and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine/generator. The electric motors are powered by a rechargeable 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is charged from the grid and can be recharged on the go from the gas engine/generator and regenerative braking.
Recharging the battery pack requires a standard 120-volt outlet or 240-volt charging station. It takes about 4.5 hours to recharge a fully empty battery from a 240-volt power source or 13 hours from a 120-volt source.
In performance test, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt accelerates to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds on electricity or 7.5 seconds on gasoline, a great performance for a green car. The EPA efficiency numbers estimated at 42 mpg combined (43 city/42 highway) on gasoline, 53 miles of all-electric range and 102 mpg (MPGe) in combined gas and electric.