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HOLDEN VOLT POWER PLANT: Voltec elec­tric drive sys­tem com­pris­ing a 111 kW drive mo­tor and 55 kW gen­er­a­tor mo­tor, to­tal power out­put 111 kW, torque out­put 370 Nm at 250-2800 rpm. Petrol gen­er­a­tor is a 1.4-litre DOHC engine of­fer­ing 63 kW at 4800 rpm. RUN­NING GEAR: Front-wheel drive. Con­tin­u­ously vari­able au­to­matic transaxle. MacPherson strut front sus­pen­sion, tor­sion beam setup at the rear. Elec­tric power steer. HOW BIG: Length 4498mm, width 1788mm, height 1439mm, wheel­base 2685mm. Cargo vol­ume 300 litres. HOW MUCH: $85,000. WHAT’S GOOD: Fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cle with good in­te­rior room and – most im­por­tantly – range of up to 600 kilo­me­tres. WHAT’S NOT: De­spite its medium-car size, it is def­i­nitely a four seater. High ini­tial price could be an is­sue. OUR VER­DICT: Volt is pick­ing up nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing North Amer­i­can and Euro­pean car of the year. Lit­tle won­der – Volt re­ally does rep­re­sent the fu­ture now.

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