GPS may not be as thrilling a feature as it used to be on a car; but combine that GPS with the smart engine on the new 2011 Chevrolet Volt and it could help save money, time, and the environment. During the Volt's unveiling, General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz spoke of a feature on the Volt that will automatically calculate the distance to the driver's home and adjust its fuel management accordingly.
The Volt, the first Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) made by a major auto manufacturer, can drive up to 40 miles using only its onboard lithium-ion battery, then switch to its gasoline/E85 engine to extend its range. When the conventional fuels are being used, the battery will automatically charge to preserve its longevity. This new system will calculate the distance between the car's current location and its home base and will only charge the battery enough to get the driver home, thus maximizing the use of the clean and more affordable battery.