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Chevrolet Volt heads to Manchester United

With evidence that Volt owners may be some of the happiest motorists around (see story), Chevrolet has spread the joy to no less than Sir Alex Ferguson as the season of goodwill approaches.

The Manchester United manager becomes the newest fan of the range-extended model, as he receives the keys to his own model, as part of Chevrolet’s partnership with the premiership club.

Chevrolet Volt with Sir Alex Ferguson

The range-extended hybrid Volt can travel up to 50 miles on its battery power alone, before its back-up petrol engine comes into play, and boosts the car’s range to over 300 miles.

Receiving the car, 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.”

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.

The average Volt owner travels more than 65 per cent of the time in pure electric mode, according to data collated by Chevrolet – 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 have also received Chevrolet models 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.”

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Faye Sunderland

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