We never tire of comparisons between the very economical Holden (née Chevrolet) Volt and other gas-sippers. On that note, here is a comparison of the Volt against four other hybrid/electric cars, presented by Australia’s Car Advice.
Sadly, Tesla Motors is unrepresented.
While the Toyota Prius has served for over a decade as an ambassador of sorts for hybrid/electric vehicles, it’s getting quite long in the tooth. As a result, it lacks some of the features found in the Holden Volt and others – critically, for example, a plug-in charging port.
So, the other vehicles present in the comparison – the Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Leaf, BMW i8, and Holden Volt – have picked up the slack. But while the electric range of the Volt can’t compare to that of the Nissan, it has the benefit of a gasoline generator, ridding the user of any real range anxiety.
The BMW and Mitsubishi both have onboard petrol engines as well, but unlike in the Volt, they don’t simply serve as battery generators; that proves to be a key advantage for the Holden, according to Car Advice. In addition, the electric motor provides more impressive acceleration than in the Mitsubishi, and the low-hanging battery mass lends the car an agile, lowered center-of-gravity which gives the Holden Volt the best mix of performance, and efficiency.
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