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Best Chevy Volt Drive Video Yet!

Posted by: Mark Bilek

The folks over at AOLAutos and Translogic have just released the best video review to date of the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. Host Bradley Hasemeyer spent a day driving the Volt at General Motors' Milford Proving Ground. The video review is quite entertaining and reveals a few bits of information about the Volt that haven't been made public yet.

For one, there's a Mountain mode. Those familiar with hybrids know all about Sport and Eco mode, but the Volt's Mountain mode is unique. It allows Volt to climb any grade in the country by pre-charging the battery with the range-extending engine gasoline engine. This allows the Volt's drive system to draw more power than normal from the battery packs. If the battery packs are drained and the generator's already on, Mountain Mode will then increase the engine's RPM to make up the difference.

Bradley also performed an impromptu 0-60 mph test, running from a stop to 60 in about 8.53 seconds. Not blisteringly fast, but quicker than the Toyota Prius by a wide margin. During the test, Bradley drove the Volt nearly 60 miles, 16.1 of which occurred with the gas-powered range-extending on. During his run, 0.59 gallons of gas were consumed, meaning the Volt averaged about 100 mpg for the day and 27.3 mpg while the engine was operating.

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