Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
If The Volt Is Electric, Why Does It Have A Gasoline Engine?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 09:44 AM
(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) When is an electric car truly electric? That’s what some auto industry watchers are asking, after seeing new information released by General Motors.
The Volt has been championed as General Motors' effort to make a viable all-electric car that consumers will demand in large quantities.
The car can travel between 25 and 50 miles on an electric charge. After that, the gasoline engine recharges the Volt’s battery pack for longer distances.
But GM’s revelation that there’s a connection between the gasoline engine and the powertrain makes the car seem more like a plug-in hybrid vehicle to some auto enthusiasts.
GM says it hadn’t previously shared all of the details on the Volt, because it was protecting proprietary information while awaiting patent approvals.
Production of the Volt is scheduled to begin next month.