[ad#post_ad]The Chevrolet Volt is an elegant solution. It is a brilliant car that is a masterpiece both of design and engineering. Understandably GM has focused its PR and marketing efforts on this nascent vehicle which is expected to reach high volumes as price comes down in the following years.
Other companies such as Nissan have focused instead on the less utilitarian pure electric car, filling the niche for would-be owners who are willing to make some sacrifices in order to be able to drive only on electricity at all times.
Ford for its part has announced it will offer both a pure electric Focus and a plugin hybrid C-MAX
Many pure-EV advocates have pushed for GM to offer a pure electric car in addition to the Volt. Though there have been reports of global development of EVs for markets outside the US, there has never been any direct proof or quotes such a car would be built for the US.
Until now that is.
GM’s CEO Dan Akerson told reporters at the Detroit Auto Show, that indeed such a car was in the works. Akerson said this car would be aimed primarily at drivers in big cities and would be a niche vehicle, with the Volt filling the more mainstream role.
“It’s more of a metro car or an urban car, where the extended-range electric vehicle, the Volt technology offers much more flexibility,” Akerson said.
It is not clear the timeline as to when this car will arrive. GM did announce it will begin selling a pure electric car in China within two years.
It seems likely the US electric car will be subcompact in size, similar to the new Chevy Sonic gas-powered vehicle the automaker just debuted.
Along with other comments from Akerson indicating GM will be building two additional EREVs and a PHEV, this car will complete a comprehensive suite of electrified vehicle offerings from the company for the US market over the next several years.
Source (Detroit News)
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