Touted as the “world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle withextended range capability,” Chevy’s Volt has a total driving distance of about 350 miles. For the first 25 to 50 miles, the Volt utilizeselectricity stored in the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the batteryruns low, the gas-powered generator kicks in, providing an additional300 miles to the extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV).
The Volt beat out finalists Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, FordFiesta, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, recipients of Green Car Journal’s Top 5Green Cars for 2011. The aerodynamic Volt was the “first-ever electricvehicle to take the top prize.”
Along with Green Car editors, judges included Tonight Show host andcar enthusiast Jay Leno, Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope, Ocean FuturesSociety President and famed oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau, NaturalResources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, Global Green USAPresident Matt Petersen and auto legend Carroll Shelby.