Chevy Volt Hybrid Anticipation Grows

Plug-in Electric Chevrolet Volt

The Chevy Volt has been under an identity crisis for about a year, but now it’s going through questionable miles per gallon. For example, when the vehicle was introduced, it was called a new electric car by General Motors. Then, for some reason, it got changed to an extended-range vehicle. However, most consumers believe that it’s a plug-in electric vehicle, and some think it’s still a full hybrid automobile.

Chevrolet Volt started out confusing, with different terms by GM officials trying to describe the car. From what we now know about the automobile, it is a plug-in full hybrid car. Any car or vehicle that uses two sources for power is considered to be a hybrid vehicle. In addition, it is very close to being a PHEV, which stands for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

What surprises me are how some automakers use this new “hybrid” term to uniquely describe their innovation and technology. I will say that Ford, Toyota, and Honda have stayed on the correct course when it comes to describing their hybrid cars. However, GM feels that they have to be different in their approach with the Chevy Volt. Each time they say “it’s an extended-range vehicle” contrary to being a hybrid, I often want to scream.

I understand that GM wants to be recognized as “New GM” and is quite determined to build new hybrid cars that can do 230 miles per gallon. However, the mileage might come with some exaggeration. For example, the car can drive up to 40 minutes, or 40 miles as other reports indicate, before the battery needs a recharge. As long as you don’t mind the stopping every 40 minutes, you can achieve greater mileage by not burning gasoline.

The GM Volt is nothing that a Ford Fusion, Toyota Prius, or a Honda Insight can’t do if they had a plug-in option to recharge the battery. The Chevrolet Volt battery pack can be recharged by either the gas engine or by using a standard home outlet. The vehicle can recharge either way.

However, if I want to drive 230 miles without stopping for gas, I will have shorter distances to go each time I need to echarge the battery. Perhaps this is where the “extended-range vehicle” comes from. It was probably named that from the same office luncheon when they decided to market it as a 230 MPG automobile.

I don’t want to sound too rude, or obnoxious when it comes to GM. I am supposed to be one of the owners, oh, I mean taxpayers, and I do hope the Chevy Volt can compete in a market that is already swarming with cars made by Ford, Toyota, and Honda. It also leads me to believe that General Motors was actually three years behind the times in comparison to other automakers. You could probably say a decade, if you want to just include Toyota and Honda.

Does this vehicle have a market? Oh course it does. Even if it will provide 40 or so miles without using gas, that is a huge leap for GM innovation. For example, my total commute for work is about 31 miles total. This means I can drive the Chevy Volt without using a drop of gasoline for my daily commute. However, I wouldn’t exactly say that it gets 230 MPG without indicating that there’s some time involved during a recharge. However, maybe GM is hinting at something else that we don’t know about. Perhaps something they cannot unveil at this time. It’s very possible.

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