PHOTO CAPTION: Interior of Chevy Volt range-extended electric car.

Car and Driver Expresses Reservations on the Chevy Volt Electric Car

Coolness aside, the Volt has its share of shortcomings from its size, seating capacity and cost, writes Car and Driver.

Published: 23-Oct-2008

General Motors, which recently celebrated its 100th birthday, has staked a large part of its future on a little car called the Chevy Volt. The carmaker hopes that consumers will embrace this next-generation hybrid when it goes into production in 2010.

And how has the automotive press received GM's offering? Praise is not universal.

"Proud as we are of GM for getting by for a century, we're not piling on the presents in the form of unqualified praise and optimism about the Volt, which will start rolling down GM's Hamtramck, Michigan, assembly line in November, 2010, Car And Driver said in its October 2008 review. "After all, we remember the 1996 GM EV1, an electric car that proved only that electric propulsion wasn't ready for prime time."


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