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  1. chris
    chris September 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm |

    I wasn’t aware that the volt even had a gasoline motor – so it’s not truly an electric car – it’s another damn hybrid!

    years ago Chevy made the E-10 (electric S-10 pickup) – this is my ideal vehicle – especially if you could outfit it with a diesel generator for those long trips to keep the batteries charged – and perhaps a tonneau cover made of solar panels to charge the batteries when there is no place to plug in – or during sunny day trips! wish there was a way to get Chevy this information – as I’d buy an electric truck in a heart beat over an electric car any day!!!!

    CHEVY ARE YOU LISTENING???? being back the E10 as a colorado-E or something – and leave out the gasoline engine!!!!

  2. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price September 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm |

    Chris, unfortunately, you’ve fallen into the second most common misconception about the Volt.

    The Volt is all electric. It runs the first 40 miles on electricity, and then recharges its battery with a gas-electric engine.

    It is not a hybrid nor is it a plug-in hybrid. You can drive on all-electricity when it is convenient and drive on gasoline for long trips. This gives you the range of a normal car, without using a drop of gasoline on your commute to work.

    This is another thing that GM must act quickly to explain to people… or the Volt will fail.

  3. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price October 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm |

    I have to correct my last comment. GM has since admitted that the Volt is partially a hybrid.

    At 70 MPH and above, the gas engine does provide auxiliary power to the drivetrain. This is done to help ensure an average 50 miles of all-electric driving per full charge.


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