I, admittedly, thought it weak of Chevy, when I first heard that Volt wasn’t a pure electric a la Leaf & Tesla, etc., but in retrospect it is a better idea. No, so-called, “range anxiety” and it doesn’t require consumers to change their behavior (just modify it if they want the full benefit of plugging-in). All-in, a true contender as a “next step” solution while we are all en route to hydrogen fuel cell power. Barring Moore’s Law type advancements in battery technologies in the short term, which seem unlikely at this juncture, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electrics and even pure electrics are not the final solution in my estimation, but rather the early next steps to a more viable, non battery based, solution.
Of course all of that backdrops against one’s belief that electric vehicles buy the citizenry something besides merely shifting our reliance from foreign oil to increased consumption of coal-fired energy.