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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Baking the Chevrolet Volt

Chevy engineers are putting the Volt through some of its final tests before its released later this year. Currently, the Chevrolet Volt is being tortured in the Arizona desert where the temperature inside the vehicle has hit 138 degrees. The car was first baked in the desert heat for a few hours and then rigorously driven. All components were tested, from air conditioning and stereo to battery pack and electric motor performance. Consumers and critics have been concerned about the vehicles operation in extreme conditions, but the Volt proved it was up to the task. Even while hooked to a mobile dynamometer, used to simulate a 2-10% grade, the Volt performed well. It maintained performance even in the extreme heat, the AC was able to cool the scorching interior and the battery pack and propulsion system performed flawlessly. The tests were finished, but Chevrolet didn't want any confusion to arise and reinforced that the Volt is not equipped for towing.
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