The Chevrolet Volt the plug in hybrid is manufactured by General Motors that is about to be the new standard for the American car buyers who want to go green. This has long been a position dominated by the Toyota Prius but in the last few years the Prius has become complacent in their superiority with the Prius that they failed to innovate. Toyota doesn’t even really have an answer for the plug in boom and are kind of getting left dead in the water. Their only future play is to develop a fleet of fuel cell cars which is a big gamble considering the massive amount of infrastructure that needs to go into making it a viable option for the consumer. Essentially unless everyone is on board for fuel cell, and the whole infrastructure changes from gas station to fuel cell station Toyota will be dead in the water of the eco future.
The sales of the Volt began in the U.S. in mid-December 2010 followed by various European countries and other international markets in 2011. Global combined by October 2015 they had released as many as 100,000. In September 2015 over 9,900 had been sold in Europe alone.
The Volt is now about to roll out its second generation Volts which they believe will change the game of electric cars in general. They improved the battery system to reach about 53 miles per charge on the power of the batteries alone.
This is where the Volt recieves skepticism from people in and around the industry is due to the fact that it is not technically an electric car. To the extent that a Tesla or a Leaf my be. It is in every sense of the word a plug in hybrid. That is not to say that it is not an hugely important car, but if Chevy wants to compete with Tesla who is about to unveil their model 3 a pure plug in electric, then it is going to have to roll out whatever they have up their sleeve for the gen 3 volt. The volt needs to get to a place where it can have a range of at least 200 miles to a single charge without any combustion assistance, today they are no where close to that. They boast about 60-65 tops, so we can see that Tesla is still the big kid on the block when it comes to electric cars.
What makes the Volt significant in this regard and a way they have a leg up on Tesla is that they are the first electric car maker to break the price barrier. That is to say they are the first people to offer a car that is in the mid range economy scale and is readily available to everyone who is in the market for a new car. No longer is it the case that having an electric car is some kind of political or social statement you are making about environmentalism, today its just a practical option for any new car buyer out there.