Sir Alex Ferguson took possession of an extended range electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, as part of the club’s partnership agreement with the global car manufacturer.
When running in its emission free electric mode the Volt has a range of around 50 miles, capable of getting Fergie to and from United’s training ground at Carrington.
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.”
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.
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.