Photos: New Chevy Volt available in Arizona soon

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on August 16, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 17 at 6:13 PM

PHOENIX – It just might be one of the most talked about cars in the country – the Chevy Volt. It’s rated by the Environmental Protection Agency as the most fuel-efficient compact car sold in the U.S.

Sponsored by Avnet (specifically Avnet Express), an electronics marketing and technology solutions company based right here in Arizona, Brian Fuller is driving a Chevy Volt from coast to coast. It’s part of the “Drive for Innovation.”

Fuller stopped by 3TV Tuesday to chat with Javier Soto about the Volt and even gave him the chance to get behind the wheel.

According to manufacturer General Motors, the Volt, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, can travel between 25 and 50 miles on its lithium-ion battery alone. The average is about 38 miles on a single overnight charge.

With the 9-gallon gas backup, the Volt will get a total of between 300 and 350 miles.

The Volt is sweeping up awards right and left. It’s the 2001 Motor Trends Car of the Year, the 2011 Green Car of the year, the 2011 North American Car of the Year and the 2011 World Green Car.

The 2011 model year is already sold out, according to Fuller. While the 2012 model is not available in Arizona yet, it will by November, possibly as soon as next month. The starting price is expected to be in low $30,000 range.

According to Fuller, the Volt accelerates quickly and quietly in the all-electric mode. He’s had it up to about 85 mph, while engineers have pushed it up to 90 mph.

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