Chevy Volt Takes 40-Mile Woodward Dream Cruise, Without Using Gas

By · August 22, 2012

Chevy Volt Andretti

Indy driver Marco Andretti successfully completed an entire lap of the Woodward Dream Cruise in a Chevy Volt without using a single drop of gas.

Fifty Chevy Volt owners from around the US gathered a week ago at the world's ultimate celebration of classic cars and horsepower: Michigan’s Woodward Dream Cruise.

The Detroit News arrived in a borrowed 2013 Chevy Volt and, with IndyCar driver Marco Andretti at the helm. The Volt proved its efficiency to Andretti, who cruised down Woodward Avenue, testing the Volt's stoplight-to-stoplight acceleration. Andretti wasn't exactly driving efficiently, but that didn't seem to matter.

The Volt proved that 40 miles of all-electric driving is no problem for its lithium-ion battery pack and clever powertrain. As Andretti completed the 40-mile Woodward Dream Cruise lap, the Volt's display showed that not a drop of gas had been consumed. In fact, it wasn't until seven miles later—at the 47-mile mark—that the Volt's range-extending engine kicked in. Gas-free, how's that for a dream cruise?

The Volt’s official EPA rating for all-electric range has been 35 miles. That official number increases to 38 in the 2013 model.

Andretti upped the ante, telling the The Detroit News: “This is the future," he said. "This car's performance isn't measured by horsepower, but it is so smooth and has so much torque at the bottom that it really accelerates. I am looking forward to this in my racing future."

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