Is Chevy Volt an EV, Hybrid or Both?
Here is what a Chevy Volt owner Mark Renburke wrote to TorqueNews, commenting on this myth.
Despite years of accurate media stories and reviews (as well as an arguably lackluster promotional campaign by GM), this pervasive misconception is still carried on into the debut of the 2016 Gen 2 Volt, as you can witness by reading the comments section of a typical new media story about the MY 2016 launch. But a lesser while still quite pervasive misconception held mainly by folks one might describe as "EV purists" is that the Volt is "merely a hybrid", and a vehicle still quite dependent on gasoline... perhaps even a perpetuating tool of the "evil oil industry". Without getting too political, let's just take a look at the basic facts and specs of the Volt itself.
Chevy Volt is a *plug in hybrid electric vehicle* (PHEV), more specifically a subcategory of which, described by the term Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV, a GM term, but also describes the BMW's i3 REX which is not a fully functional range extender). See BMW i3 REx vs. Chevrolet Volt: two different approaches to plug-in hybrids
The Volt operates as a pure EV from 0 to 101 mph when the battery has charge, and will do so for weeks or even a month at time and log thousands of EV only miles. Flooring the accelerator does not make the engine come on to assist, as is the case with hybrids as we all know them, as their is no power need from the engine while the battery has charge. Compared to the Nissan LEAF (Will LEAF copy Tesla's Battery options?), the top selling battery only vehicle, it also has more 100% electric torque, a faster 0-60 time, and better aerodynamics and highway EV only efficiency (in part due to its 2-electric motor mode).