The Chevrolet Volt is now on sale in Canada. Participating dealers in seven key launch markets across Canada will begin taking orders for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, with an MSRP starting at $41,545. The Chevrolet Volt is the industry’s first electric vehicle with extended range capabilities. “The Chevrolet Volt is an award-winning, leading technology recognized as the only electric vehicle that can meet all your driving needs,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director at GM of Canada. “The Volt delivers it all: dramatic greenhouse gas reductions, a revolutionary propulsion system, progressive styling, spirited driving dynamics, and industry-leading safety, premium amenities, and user-friendly technologies.” The Chevrolet Volt was recently named 2011 World Green Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show. Prior to receiving this honour, the Volt had already captured many major awards in North America, including: North American Car of the Year Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year Green Car Journal’s 2011 Green Car of the Year Automobile Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year Car and Driver 10Best Popular Mechanics 2010 Breakthrough Technology Ward’s 10 Best Engines, recognition for Volt’s advanced powertrain system The Volt will initially be available to retail customers in the marketing areas for Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Oshawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal, and Quebec City in the third quarter of this year. Within twelve months of the retail launch, Volt will be available at dealerships across Canada. It will be offered in one very well-equipped standard trim level, along with two option packages: a Premium Trim Package and a Rear Camera and Park Assist Package. The Volt is in a class by itself The Chevrolet Volt is not a hybrid. It is an all-electrically driven vehicle designed and engineered to operate in all climates, with a range of up to 580 km. Powered by GM’s Voltec propulsion system, it consists of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive unit that provide pure electric range between 40 and 80 km, depending on terrain, driving techniques and temperature. A 1.4L gasoline-powered engine extends the range up to an additional 500 km on a full tank of fuel by operating the vehicle’s electric drive system until the car can be plugged in and recharged or refueled. This distinguishes the Volt from electric-only vehicles, which cannot be operated when recharging is not immediately available – such as during a power interruption or on a long-distance trip. “The Chevrolet Volt makes the electric driving experience as productive, efficient, intuitive, safe and fun as any premium vehicle its size in the market today,” said Marc Comeau, vice-president of sales, service, and marketing at GM of Canada.