PHOTO CAPTION: 2011 Chevrolet Volt can be plugged in while away from home, but doesn't have to be. That's the beauty of it.

Return of the Electric Car: What's Different This Time

Wired looks at what's changed since the last spike in electric car activities in the late 1990s.

Published: 05-Nov-2010

Here we go again.

General Motors and Nissan are the vanguard of the looming EV revolution. The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf take different approaches to automotive electrification, but they are equally historic. GM and Nissan have spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing these cars, which makes them supremely important to the automakers.

But they are equally important to the electric vehicles that will follow in the next few years. EVs almost certainly will remain a tiny part of the automotive market for years to come, but their success could hinge on the Volt and Leaf. Those two cars will be many consumers’ first exposure to cars with cords and will go a long way toward shaping perception of the technology.


Adolph Hitler inspects model of Volkwagen 'people's car' in 1939.

Jonah Goldberg joins Chevy Volt critics, comparing it to Hitler's "People's Car" scam.

Chevy Volt's MSPR at $41,000 prices it in the upper middle-class car market.

John Crisp takes on Volt critic Jonah Goldberg in this oped.

2011 Chevy Volt on 'Unplugged' tour during San Francisco stop-over.

Pete Szilagyi finds the Volt electrifying, and so do the crowds flocking to see it in San Antonio, Texas


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