• Cfthelin avatar Cfthelin Posted: 11/16/2012 1:07pm PST

    Weasel words. Not so much fully-electric plug-in units. More Volt type hybrids. Why can't GM use the word HYBRID? Prius envy?

  • MikeJ avatar MikeJ Posted: 11/30/2012 6:11pm PST

    Because its not a hybrid! You can drive with out using any gas, good luck doing that with a hybrid

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 11/30/2012 7:24pm PST

    Please hve a look at the Prius data. Like the Volt, it will run a short distance at low speed on battery power alone. Then the engine kicks in to "extend the range". GM is just playing with words to make their two mode car sound different. It is different only in details.

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 12/1/2012 5:18am PST

    Carl is correct. In purely technical terms, both the Prius and the Volt are hybrid vehicles because they're equipped with two different powertrains -- one that depends on gasoline and another that relies on a battery pack. The Volt simply has a more powerful electric system than the Prius, allowing it to do more on battery power alone.

    That said, as powertrain technology evolves, we're finding ourselves in need of new language to describe our vehicles. There are a range of hybrid systems on the roads and in development, but their capabilities vary wildly. That's why you generally hear folks refer to the Volt as an "extended-range electric vehicle", because it's more specific than simply calling it a "hybrid".