for the upcoming Chevrolet Volt, but the media lovefest was marred Monday by analysis suggesting General Motors’ much-hyped vehicle is not a true electric offering.
“The Chevrolet Volt is not a hybrid,” General motors said Sunday. “It is a one-of-a-kind all-electrically driven vehicle designed and engineered to operate in all climates.”
Everyone agrees that the Volt runs off only electricity for the first 40 miles or so, but it’s what happens next — and more importantly
it happens — that has some critics questioning the EV label.
General Motors has repeatedly stated that once the battery pack is depleted, a 1.4L gasoline-powered engine kicks in to assist the electric drive system, providing up to an additional 310 miles of range between charges.
The automaker says there is no direct mechanical link from the gas engine to the drive train. We’re not gearheads, but the folks at Edmunds are, and they claim “GM lied.”
GM quickly responded to the controversy, defending its EV claim in a press release while suggesting it did not rinci the “sophisticated” electric drive unit previously because the information was competitive and the automaker was awaiting patent approvals.
“The wheels are driven by the electricity at all times,” Doug Parks, the Volt’s vehicle line executive,
“In 2007, we said we are going to make an electric vehicle with a range extender, and that’s exactly what this is.”
For many, the controversy comes down to semantics. GM continues to call the Volt an EV, others suggest it is
or “a bridge between the gasoline present and
Bottom line: The Volt is a unique vehicle that can travel upwards of 300 miles using a battery pack and a small amount of gasoline. And regardless of the label, critics have called it “
The Volt is scheduled to go on sale in Michigan next month, and GM will begin an aggressive advertising campaign