Manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has been given a Chevrolet Volt, while United legend, Sir Bobby Charlton has been handed over a Chevrolet Captiva as part of Club’s partnership arrangement with the Chevrolet. Chevrolet Volt with extended range electric drive can travel upto 50 miles gas and emission free using a 16.5 kWh lithium ion battery when the on board generator will enter to add another 300 miles of range.
Chevrolet Volt has made it to the top European Car of the Year 2012 awards and allows Volt owners to drive approximately 900 miles between fillups. Chevrolet is also the current Manchester United Official Automotive Partner and will also be club’s shirt sponsors from the 2014-15 season.
Chevrolet Volt battery pack is smaller and less powerful than the Leaf. The Volt delivers a 35 mile range from the battery pack which is enough for a daily round trip. Volt has a five and a half foot 198 kg T shaped battery running down the centre tunnel and under its rear seats. In front it possesses a 1.4 liter petrol engine offering 85 bhp driving a 72 bhp generator supplying electric charge straight to the electric motor that drives the front wheels. For more information, scroll down.
Silent Knight: Christmas comes early for Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United manager receives Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle
“It’s the car of the future” – Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester, U.K.: While Sir Alex Ferguson makes himself heard in press conferences, on the pitch and in the dressing room, he’ll probably drive past you this Christmas and you won’t even notice.
Sir Alex took possession of an extended range electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, as part of the club’s partnership agreement with the global car manufacturer. The Volt can travel up to 50 miles petrol and emission free – and virtually silent – before the on-board generator kicks in to add a further 300 miles of extended range.
Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “I think the Volt is absolutely phenomenal. A friend of mine drove one in the States 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.”
The Chevrolet Volt is available in Europe’s largest automobile markets and won the prestigious European Car of the Year 2012, amongst many others. The Volt can drive up to 50 miles using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a petrol-powered generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 300 miles on a full tank.
Chevrolet Volt owners in the U.S. have collectively driven more than 100 million all?electric miles since the vehicle went on sale two years ago this month.
In line with its design intention, the average Volt owner travels more than 65 percent of the time in pure electric mode– only using the petrol-powered generator for longer trips. By charging regularly, Volt owners drive approximately 900 miles or a month and a half, between fill-ups.
Chevrolet is currently Manchester United’s Official Automotive Partner and will become the club’s shirt sponsor beginning with the 2014/2015 season.
A number of players and other staff will also receive Chevrolets as part of the partnership agreement between the club and General Motors.
These include former World Champion and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who received a seven-seater Chevrolet Captiva.
Sir Bobby said: “Well, every new car gives you that little bit of excitement; this is really, really exciting. I’m going to enjoy driving it through all the winding roads and the little bridges near where I live and because I’ve got a 4 wheel drive, I can see everything over the top. It looks lovely. It’s first class and I am very happy with it.”
Chevrolet is General Motors’ largest global brand with annual sales of more than four million vehicles in more than 140 countries. It is the fourth biggest global car brand in terms of sales and also one of the fastest growing brands in the world. Chevrolet cars combine bold design, performance, innovation and practicality. They provide outstanding value for money. Established in the U.S. by Swiss émigré Louis Chevrolet in 1911, the brand celebrated its centenary in 2011. The brand was re-launched in Europe in 2005. . It is represented with a total of 2,500 sales and service outlets in Western and Central Europe. The UK Chevrolet line-up includes the Spark city car, the Aveo, the compact Cruze, the Orlando family van, the Captiva SUV, the legendary Camaro and Corvette sports cars and the extended-range Volt electric car. In 2012, Chevrolet launched the Cruze station wagon. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevrolet.co.uk or media.chevrolet.co.uk.
About Manchester United
Manchester United is the world’s most popular football club, with an estimated 659 million followers and was recently named by Forbes magazine as the most valuable sports club in the world. Founded in 1878, the Club has won a record 19th English league championships to add to its record 11 English FA Cups, 3 European Cups, 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 4 English League Cups. Its manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is the most successful manager in British history.