WATCH THE VOLT IN ACTION:
HERE ARE WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:
WSJ: A number of critics recently said the Volt is really a hybrid in part because its engine runs under heavy acceleration, sort of like a hybrid’s engine does to assist the electric-drive system. Chevrolet shot back that the Volt relies on its electric motors to move and can’t be driven by its gasoline engine alone.
EDMUNDS: Despite promises that the Chevy Volt will operate as an electric car at all times, at times it will be partly driven by its internal combustion engine.
MSNBC: I barely noticed when the Chevy Volt stopped acting like an all-electric car. And that’s exactly what General Motors is going for. … When we stopped to fill the Volt’s 9-gallon gas tank in Tacoma, the tripmeter read 45.3 miles, with about a third of a gallon of gas expended. If you don’t count the cost of the electricity, our fuel efficiency is 128.1 miles per gallon. If you do count the electric cost, I figure we still did the equivalent of 80 mpg or so.
USA Today: The Volt is up to the job. It’s fun to drive, practical, good looking and in a league of its own technically. The sleek compact accelerates briskly. Its handling is responsive and sporty. The interior provides plenty of space and comfort for four adults.
Motor Trend: Hang onto that T-Bird just in case, but the Volt shows a lot of promise. … The Volt is no sports car, but it blows Toyota’s plug-in Prius away (9.8 seconds to 60 mph), and runs neck and neck with a 2.4-liter Malibu in acceleration and handling tests.
The Boston Herald: The biggest surprise may be how well the Volt handles — it is, after all, quite heavy for a small car, since it carries all the bits and pieces of both an electric and a gasoline-powered vehicle. But the T-shaped battery pack is placed very low in the chassis, and the lower the extra weight is, the better. Only on a fast, tight turn — such as a cloverleaf on an interstate — do you really feel that extra weight. That battery pack, incidentally, comes with an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Autoblog: GM has now confirmed, late in the game, that the Volt can, in some situations, use the ICE to power the wheels. … This is exactly the opposite of what GM has been saying for years — most recently in June, when GM spokesman Rob Peterson told AutoblogGreen that there was no mechanism in the Volt to drive the wheels even if the engineers wanted to.