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Mark Phelan: Is the Volt Really Electric?

Detroit Free Press columnist jumps into the debate on whether or not the Chevrolet Volt is really an 'electric car.'

Published: 12-Oct-2010

No electricity, no go. That’s the bottom line for the Chevrolet Volt.

Today, several publications, including Edmunds.com and Popular Mechanics, said that the Volt uses its gasoline engine in a way that was similar to most hybrids, ultimately questioning whether the car was really just an advanced hybrid instead of an electric.

But the furor over whether the Volt is “really” electric amounts to debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

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