Electric Cars in Ontario

Update:     

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has a vision, out of every 20 vehicles in Ontario by 2020, he wants one to be electrically powered.

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt happens to use electrical power, to augment fuel power. 

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in the driver's seat of a Chevrolet Volt prototype at a Toronto GM Chevrolet dealership

The Chevrolet Volt utlizes electrical power all the time.  The only time that fuel is introduced in the story, is when it is used to charge the Volt’s battery.

The electric motor is 150 horse-power and is quiet.  You can travel up to 60 km per hour on battery power, before the engine turns on.

The Volt provides power for a trip between 40-80 kilometres and when the battery cells are low, the 1.4 litre engine can provide fuel to the car for an additional 500 kilometres.  This will run the Volt’s electric drive system, until the Volt can be recharged.

Chevrolet Volt 2012 - Electric Car

To recharge the Volt’s battery, it takes four (4) hours on 240 volts and ten (10) hours on 120 volts. If you are going to travel to work with this motor vehicle, it is best to have a charger at your workplace.

A Chevrolet Volt costs $41,545,00. The Province of Ontario is offering a rebate of $8,230.00 as an incentive to purchase a Volt in Ontario, in Quebec the rebate is only $7,769.00.  The Volt is available for order now at select GM dealers for delivery in late fall 2011.

 

 

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