What Works for the Chevrolet Volt?

Chevrolet Volt was the fifth best selling plug-in car in United States (2017) and hybrid from GM stable has held that position so far in 2018 as well. If we removed Tesla cars from the plug-in list, Volt will be next only to the grand daddy of hybrids in United States, Toyota Prius.

But what really works in favor of Chevrolet Volt?

Volt is indeed a range extender:

Data from Census.gov shows that “nearly 600,000 full-time workers had “megacommutes” of at least 90 minutes and 50 miles”. The average one way daily commute across United States was 25.5 minutes.

The Volt’s battery offers 53-miles range. Enough for most of the citizens to get to their office and get back. According to GM, Chevrolet owners who charge regularly will be able drive over 1,100 miles between fill-ups.

Competition: Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Prime have no real (hybrid) competition breathing down their neck. Both cars are of similar size and offer a comfortable cabin. Toyota ($27K to $33K) is priced slightly below Volt ($34K to $38K)

Pure Electric Range: Volt offers 53 miles range on full charge, better than the 25 miles offered by Prius.

Battery + Gasoline Range: Volt 420 miles. Prius 640 miles.

Other hybrids don’t even come close and that’s possibly why both Prius and Volt remain the top two hybrids available in United States.