Chevy Volt reviews are equal praise and put down

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President Obama driving a Chevy Volt. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Chevy Volt reviews are beginning to come out. There is mixed sentiment about the car. The Chevy Volt is the first entry by General Motors into the hybrid and electric car field. It has been hotly anticipated. Critics contend that the car is too reliant on its gas engine to truly compete with other hybrids. GM has countered that the car is not a hybrid, but rather an electric vehicle with a longer range.

Chevy Volt panned by critics

The Chevrolet Volt is a long awaited entry into the electric car and hybrid car market by GM. Many have been waiting to see if the biggest domestic car maker could deliver. Criticism has been leveled at the Volt by critics that the car is not a true hybrid or electric car, according to Automotive News. The criticism is that the car uses the gas engine for acceleration, and thus is not a true electric car or hybrid. General Motors has responded by saying that unlike the Toyota Prius and other hybrids, it is actually an electric car with the range extended by a traditional gasoline engine.

Driving reviews have been positive

The Chevy Volt reviews of the car in action have not been overwhelmingly negative. A recent drive test of the Chevy Volt in USA Today was fairly glowing. The acceleration is not terrifically hampered. The range of the lithium ion batteries when fully charged held up to the 40 miles on a full charge that GM is claiming. The Volt differs from other true electrics in that the small gas engine also charges the batteries when in use. This means that diligent charging won’t be as necessary as with other electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf.

Saving money gets expensive

Though the Chevy Volt is not quite the bank account buster that a Tesla Roadster is, the car is a bit pricey. It retails for around $40,000, but a one time tax credit will lower the price to around $34,000. That is still $10,000 more than the Prius or other hybrids such as the Honda Insight.

Sources

Automotive News

USA Today

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  1. Observer on

    I cannot comprehend how far GM can go with GM Volt story. Using a hybrid car in electric mode only, driving 40 mi/day commute means to shorten the battery pack life to 2 – 3 years. In winter time and steep roads one charge cannot cover 40 miles distance. The electricity is not cheap and 50 % of electricity is produced by burning coal.
    Using as a hybrid it is a different story, but using a VW Jetta TDI Diessel, 50 mpg, for $18,000 to $23,000 is a REALITY and not an UTOPIA. http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/reviews/dies