• fb_542856692 avatar Rich Posted: 10/15/2010 10:48am PDT

    From what I have read the torque is only added from the ICE at high speeds. At the lower speeds after the battery gets low the ICE just adds juice to the battery which still provides the energy to the electric motor.
    The electric motor is operating at all speeds and conditions in the Volt. This far different than in a Prius where the ICE takes over for the electric engine totally after around 20mph.
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    "Voltec electric drive may operate like a hybrid--yes, under certain limited circumstances-"
    In limited circumstance? Are you kidding? After the first 40 all electric miles, the Volt acts exactly like a Prius hybrid. In fact, it is clearly a hybrid. Some torque from the electric motor, some torque from the ICE. It operates as a blended mode hybrid above 30 MPH.
    However, that is a great thing and exactly what it should do.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 10/15/2010 10:45am PDT

    Oh, and while we are predicting... Will sales of the Nissan LEAF and the Chevy Volt reduce Prius sales? or are these additional buyers.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 10/15/2010 10:13am PDT

    "Voltec electric drive may operate like a hybrid--yes, under certain limited circumstances-"
    In limited circumstance? Are you kidding? After the first 40 all electric miles, the Volt acts exactly like a Prius hybrid. In fact, it is clearly a hybrid. Some torque from the electric motor, some torque from the ICE. It operates as a blended mode hybrid above 30 MPH.
    However, that is a great thing and exactly what it should do.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 10/15/2010 10:09am PDT

    Just as a point of reference, Toyota sells 150,000 Prius in the USA per year. So 45,000 vehicles per year is 1/3rd of that.
    Have to laugh though. When Honda came out with the 2010 Insight, they thought they would sell 100,000 per year. At this point, they only have sold 20,000 vehicle per year in the US market despite it being $3000 cheaper.
    So Voelcker is on record saying that all these EV sellers with sell every unit for the first couple of years. Anyone else want to guess? If not, there are plenty of Honda Insights available for sale.