Electric car, hybrid, plug-in hybrid—whatever you choose to call the Chevrolet Volt, the car created quite a stir when it was introduced back in 2010 (as a 2011 model).
Volt is the first GM car to be propelled principally by electrons since the ill-fated GM EV1 built between 1996 and 1999. For the record, Volt is primarily an electric car, whose gasoline engine serves as a generator. While most hybrids are propelled both by their gasoline engines and electric motors, the gasoline engine in the Volt’s primary function is to generate electricity to power the electric motor.
Without question, the most remarkable thing about driving the Chevrolet Volt is how unremarkable the driving experience is. Sure, a dramatic fanfare emits from the Chevrolet’s audio system every time you press the blue power button, and yes the instrument panel looks like a cross between a video game and somebody’s idea of a futuristic concept car’s readouts. But rolling down the street, the Volt feels like you’re just driving a car.
And frankly, that’s a very good thing.