GM Seeks Green Cred with Chevy Volt

General Motors unveils new concept hybrid that revisits the electric car; plug-in hybrid advocates clamor for production now.

Published: 14-Jan-2007

General Motors on Sunday unveiled a new concept vehicle that could indicate that mainstream electric cars are closer than ever.

It’s called the Chevrolet Volt, and while GM calls it an electric car ("We even toyed with the name being the EV2," said Scott Fosgard, director of communications in powertrains), analysts and experts are calling it a "series" or "serial" plug-in hybrid.

Advocates say the design is a leap forward from today’s gas-electric hybrid cars. Builiding the Volt could help GM better cope with rising fuel prices. More importantly, the Volt could even serve as a kind of green ‘halo’ car—helping bolster GM’s image just as the Prius has buffed rival Toyota’s green credentials.

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