Consumer Reports, what many could consider the Fox News of consumer evaluation publications, has just finished up its first evaluations on the Chevrolet Volt. Unsurprisingly, the critics were less than impressed by the car.
During their testing, CR claims that its Volt maintained a range between 25 to 27 miles of pure electric driving in Connecticut’s “extremely harsh weather”, constantly compared the car to the less advanced Toyota Prius, and complained about the cabin heating system and the battery’s hindered ability to warm up the cabin compared to a system using an internal combustion engine. If they understood that batteries produce much less heat than an engine, they would have expected this. Or maybe they did, and just felt like making waves. The critics also complained about the five-hour charging time, calling it “annoying”.
Hey, CR, the Droid wasn’t the first take on the cell phone. And to evaluate a cell phone like it was some kind of rotary dial land-line phone doesn’t make much sense, either. So to judge today’s EV or EREV like it was any other gasoline-powered car or hybrid doesn’t make much sense. We will be paying attention on what you will have to say about the more electric, much more Japanese Nissan LEAF to see if you keep things on an even keel (because your same gripes over the Volt will be found in the LEAF), and your final take on the Volt when your testing is finished.
Source: The Detroit News