The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) recently acquired new headquarters in London. Their new offices have a smart exhibition area and they were looking for a new car to grace this space. Their choice fell on the Chevrolet Volt.
The offices are located in a prime spot in Westminster and the new showroom provides the SMMT with the chance to highlight the depth and width of the British auto industry to visitors.
They chose the Volt because of its innovative and quite unique EREV (range-extended electric vehicle) technology that clearly shows how the car manufacturing industry is evolving and facing the challenge to come forward with alternatives to our traditional gas-guzzling, environment-polluting monster machines.
Thanks to its electric drivetrain, the new Volt was even able to avoid London's Congestion Charge and drive straight onto the display stand in fully electric mode.
The Volt, of course, also has a petrol engine that can be used to charge the battery while driving. This hugely extends the car's driving range to a more than acceptable 300 miles. Once the battery runs flat, it can be recharged using an ordinary residential power outlet.
The Volt went on sale in America at the beginning of 2011 and it has already won a couple of awards, including that of North American car of the year. It has also been widely acclaimed by motoring magazines such as Automobile magazine and Motor Trend.
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