When he says that he finds the Chevy Volt a "beautiful piece of engineering" and expresses his enthusiasm for how well General Motor's engineers married the electrical and gas powered systems, it may seem like he's a fan of the plug-in hybrid. Not quite. What's Andrew's problem with the car? It's not that the Volt can't match the behavior of existing vehicles, it's that too much effort has been expended to see that it does:
They've taken a technology that has been developed specifically to not be a gas-powered car, and tweaked it and twisted it until it's as close they can possibly get to, you guessed it, a gas-powered car. This is not how transportation technology improves. If it were, we'd all be riding really fast horses (hat tip to Henry Ford).
Is the Volt a "conceptually flawed" design that's too complex and expensive, as Andrew suggests, or does the plug-in hit a sweet spot for consumers moving from traditional IC vehicles to EV? With Volt production set to triple, sales figures may answer that question.
[Source: Spin Garage]