Performance anxiety? Range anxiety? Relax. To borrow Mad magazine’s superb line, the Volt is number one in a field of one. It uses a battery and it uses an IC engine yet it’s not a hybrid. It is an electric car all right, but it’s a hybridised electric car – whatever that means. It is General Motors’ unique solution for the problems typically associated with electric vehicles (range, performance, price, yawn-inducing), conventional IC-engined cars (problems, what problems?) and the human race. No, not the last one.
Essentially, the heart of the Volt is... drum rolls... the Voltec Propulsion System. And this thingy is ‘the world’s first plug-in, electrically driven, extended range system in a production vehicle.’ What that means is that the Volt is almost as practical as your regular car, but vastly greener. It offers up to 80 km of only electric driving and an IC engine that extends it further to 550 km. Yes, that translates to a range of over 600 km. Hmm, you were saying...
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