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October 11, 2010

Volt Backlash

By Rob Einaudi

Editor-in-Chief

Jen and I got the chance to drive the new Chevy Volt on Saturday. Rolling into the office today we were greeted by a mounting Volt backlash in the automotive press. It appears that GM is now saying (admitting?) that the gasoline engine will directly power the wheels in charge-sustaining mode at speeds over 70 mph. This contradicts previous statements that the gasoline engine was only there to recharge the battery. GM also downgraded the electric range in recent weeks from a 40 mile range to a 25 to 50 range.

So what does this all mean? To me it means that the Volt is an electric car when you use it for short trips around town, but then it morphs into more of a hybrid-type vehicle when you use it for longer trips. It doesn’t mean that it’s a bad car. But GM definitely has a marketing problem, and they’re gonna need to figure it out pronto.

We’ll get our Volt reviews up shortly, but here are the cliff notes: it’s a very cool car. You can read more about the Volt drivetrain at Motor Trend, with commentary on the recent findings by Jalopnik, Autoblog and Edmunds

Volt Backlash

Comments

mer-cur-y
Oct 15, 2010 at 5:16 am

there has been lots of test done to the car and maybe they found that what they had before wasnt working or theres some problems that need more time to fix

Lady3bglover
Oct 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Just throw a LS1 in it, rename to Bolt and be done with the drama.

GTwildfire
Oct 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I KNEW IT… I suspected the gas engine was larger than needed for power generation alone. Really, to drive a generator the engine can be very small and consume very little gas.
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This is an abberation. It’s just another hybrid, a little more battery… a little less engine.
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and all that R&D, all that effort and money that went into producing this…
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Sorry but GM is a dysfunctional mess of a corporation. After all that hype the Volt that makes it to people’s driveways is a slightly more stylish Prius with a power cord.
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From now on I’m taking their concepts and statements with a shaker of salt.

cknarf
Oct 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I wish it still looked like the original concept…

NWSilverado
Oct 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

WOW! Good luck with that one GM. Bait and switch. I had such high hopes for the VOLT but, if it’s just another Prius knockoff I think I’d rather go with something that was tried and true and a lot cheaper than the Volt.

Why did GM Wait so long, why did they blow it again on this, man what a let down. Can’t wait for the Tesla sedans to start making more common place. For a few bucks more than a volt you get an electric car and way more performance!!!

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