I really agree with every one's comment on the fact that Volt is not yet an option for developing countries. Most of these countries can not even boast of 6 hours of light in a day and here, volt requires 12 hours of charging.
On the other hand, what is the cost of maintenance and what does it maintenance really entails?
"I hope this technology will slowly evolve so that it reaches the masses."
In my opinion, solar powered cars could be a good option for developing countires such as the countries in Africa where the sun shines almost every day. This may not be easy to implement, but it may worth a try.
But it is obvious that such cars are not for everyone.
@Hospice_Houngbo, thats the sad part. We want such cars should be used by everyone so that main purpose of using eco-friendly cars is met. I hope this technology will slowly evolve so that it reaches the masses.
"technically it is still an hybrid, as it has both an electric motor and a gas engine to power the wheels."
Well, sort of. In the Volt the electric motors provide all the propulsion for the car up to an electronically limited 100 mph.
There is ONE exception:
If you are in charge sustaining mode (ie you have run out of battery power and the generator is running) AND you are going over 70 mph, then (and only then) the gasoline generator becomes an assistant "engine" to help the electric motors in direct propulsion of the wheels. This is more efficienct at high speed when there is no more charge remaining in the battery.
So it ie technically a hybrid in the same way that a moped is technically a bicycle because it still has pedals. Using the engine to power the wheels is only done partially and in very specific circumstances.
It is more accurate to think of it as an Extended-Range Electric Vehicle which is how it behaves 95% of the time or more in my experience.
Chevy Volt doesn't really look like the concept car GM initiallly claimed, the company claimed it as an extended-range eletcric vehicle but technically it is still an hybrid, as it has both an electric motor and a gas engine to power the wheels.
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