Next-Gen Volt Dazzles Hollywood at Pre-Oscar Bash

Next-Gen Volt Dazzles Hollywood at Pre-Oscar Bash

New Volt was the toast of Tinseltown at 12th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Party

Taken star Maggie Grace announced her engagement to Matthew Cooke just hours before appearing at Global Green

Stars – like actor Julian Sands – were ferried to the event in current-generation Volts

The new Volt has impressive green creds, including an all-electric range of 50 miles

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Even on a night filled with A-list celebrities, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was the star of 12th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Party in Hollywood last week.

Celebrities like Twilight’s Ashley Greene, newly engaged Taken star Maggie GraceTitanic star Billy Zane, and headlining performer Common were in attendance – many of whom arrived in current-generation Volts. But the real star of the evening arrived wearing four matching black tires and a killer smile.

The glittering event underlined how the new Volt personifies many of the Hollywood community’s ideals, among them sustainability and good looks.

Among the stars who arrived at the Global Green party in a Chevy Volt was Gone Girl actress Missi Pyle.

“It’s really hot,” she said of the 2016 Volt on display in the event’s Volt Lounge. “I try to be as green as I can and I really want an electric car.”

Founded two years ago as the United States affiliate of Green Cross International, Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people and the planet through catalytic projects, transformative policy and cutting-edge research.

“Moving into the next two years, we’re really focused on two key areas,” said Dr. Les McCabe, president and CEO of Global Green USA. “Green urbanism – with 80 percent of the [U.S.] population living in urban areas – and resiliency in response to climate change.”

General Motors’ ever-evolving green credentials align perfectly with Global Green’s mission.

“We have the Volt, we have the Cadillac ELR, we have the Spark EV and we just announced that we’re going to build an all-new, all-electric vehicle with a 200-mile range, priced roughly at $30,000,” said Dave Barthmuss, group manager of communications for GM. “So that’s four vehicles with a plug!”

Chevrolet unveiled the 2016 Volt in January. Incorporating input from owners of existing Volts, the second-generation incarnation boasts improved electric range of 50 miles; a sleeker, more expressive design; and stronger acceleration. With regular charging owners are expected to travel more than 1,000 miles on average between gas fill-ups, with an estimated total driving range exceeding 400 miles.

“We’ve improved the battery chemistry and it’s a lighter car, so it goes farther on an initial charge,” said Barthmuss.

And with a new bench-style seat in the back, the new Volt can seat five – a feature requested by current Volt drivers.

“I’m really eager to drive one, because I have friends who own one and rave about it,” said Zane from the green (as opposed to the traditional red) carpet. “It’s really sexy … quite stunning. It’s a car I’d be proud to drive.”

A version of this post originally appeared on Drive the District.