The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid manufactured by General Motors. The Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until its battery capacity drops to a predetermined threshold from full charge. From there its internal combustion engine powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle’s range as needed. When the engine is running it may be periodically mechanically linked (by a clutch) to a planetary gear set, and hence the output drive axle, to improve energy efficiency.


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Chevrolet Volt 1 User Reviews

  1. Admittedly, I’m going only on my experience with the 1st-gen Volt, as I haven’t yet seen a 2nd-gen Volt in the flesh. The Volt interior feel wasn’t my thing — felt a bit too bulky and lacking in space. And the acceleration was okay, but didn’t thrill me. (Note: I drove the Volt just after driving the Tesla Model S, BMW i3, BMW i8, and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, so my mind may not have been calibrated well enough to give the Volt the correct judgement.) It was nice to have the smooth and quiet drive of a fully electric car despite it being a PHEV, and I know the gas backup is a big convenience booster, but I’m more drawn to the interior feeling of other models in this price range, and more drawn to the idea of 100% electric life except on very rare occasions where I need a REx or need to rent a car gar. I can see why people love the car, and I actually give it a rare 5 stars, but it doesn’t call my name.

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  2. Really fun to drive with a decent range that’s more than enough for me to head to work and back, as well as covering most of my other daily errands. It’s exactly what I need in a car.

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