Sir Alex Ferguson is very pleased with his extended range electric car

January 1st, 2013 by Chevrolet UK

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manager, Manchester United Football Club (image courtesy of thesportreview.com)

Sir Alex Ferguson took possession of a Chevrolet Volt, an extended range electric vehicle, as part of Manchester United‘s partnership agreement with the global car manufacturer.

The Volt can travel up to 50 miles (80 kilometres) using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery before the on-board petrol-powered generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 300 miles (500 kilometers) on a full tank.

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said “I think the Volt is absolutely phenomenal. A friend of mine drove one in the USA and kept going on and on about it, so when I had the opportunity I said ‘yeah I’m going to try it because it’s the car of the future, really’. I’m very pleased with it.”

A Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car being charged in August 2012 in New York City (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Chevrolet Volt is available in Europe’s largest automobile markets and won the prestigious European Car of the Year 2012, amongst many others.

Chevrolet Volt owners in the U.S. have collectively driven more than 100 million all-electric miles (approx. 160 million km) since the vehicle went on sale in December 2010.

A Chevrolet Volt being charged on a street in Manhattan, New York on 21 August 2012 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The average Volt owner travels more than 65% of the time in pure electric mode as the car was designed – only using the petrol-powered generator for longer trips.

By charging regularly, Volt owners drive approximately 900 miles (1,448 km), or a month and a half, between going to the petrol station.

Chevrolet is currently Manchester United’s Official Automotive Partner and will become the club’s shirt sponsor beginning with the 2014/2015 season.

 

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