2011 Chevrolet Volt: to be or not to be a hybrid!

Article by Christian A., on October 12, 2010

General Motors Co. is quick to deny claims that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a hybrid and not a true electric vehicle. The low-emission Volt, which will go on sale a month from now, has been described by auto critics Edmunds, Motor Trend and Popular Mechanics to run like hybrids.

The critics say that during heavy acceleration, the Volt uses its gasoline engine to power an electric generator which helps turn the wheels. On its Web site, GM said that its car is not a hybrid like Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius but is an extended-range electric vehicle.

Automakers that offer new technology are faced with the challenge of marketing its cars that don’t really fall into standard categories and have performances that are hard to gauge.

Both GM and Nissan Motor Co. have asserted that not all consumers may achieve the fuel economy levels of their models since the electric performance varies greatly by driving habits. Jim Hall, principal of 2953 Analytics Inc., an auto consulting firm in Birmingham, Michigan, said that these vehicles represent a “PR problem.”

He cited GM as having had to manage perception as well as go off into “traditional old-style GM hype." The $41,000 Volt is being promoted as an electric vehicle to boost its image compared to hybrid-electric cars such as the Prius.

GM claims that for three years, the Volt would consistently run on electric power and that it would average 230 miles per gallon. The US Environmental Protection Agency has yet to verify this number. GM said that it’s likely that many consumers would get lower fuel economy.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

One of the executives at Volkswagen tagged in the so-called Dieselgate scandal has pleaded not guilty to a list of allegations surrounding the carmaker’s actions to cheat emissions regulations in...
by - February 27, 2017
When the Crown De Luxe saloon was first released in 1972, it was at that time the most lavish Toyota model available to British customers. Both unusual and exclusive, one...
by - February 27, 2017
The ride-sharing fleet of sharing Lyft Inc. will soon include thousands of specially fitted self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, courtesy of General Motors. If plans push through, Lyft’s clients would...
by - February 27, 2017
J.D. Power has officially released the 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, an annual list of the most dependable brands in the auto industry. Once again coming on top is Lexus, the...
by - February 26, 2017
Citroen revealed that its entry to the Chinese market is moving forward with the planned release of the new generation C5. While still on sale on this part of the...
by - February 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries