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Apr 26

Chevy Bolt EV Has Saved 175,000 Gallons of Gas in Only The First Few Months

 


The Chevrolet Bolt EV is only just rolling out to dealers across the country, but Chevrolet says it’s already managed to save 175,000 gallons of gasoline.

That’s compared to an average 26 mpg car, and fuel savings for the gas-engine-free electric car come fast, in direct proportion to miles traveled. Through April 2, Chevrolet says 4,570,300 Bolt miles have been covered.

At that rate, expects gazillions of gallons to be saved after a couple years or so, as thus far the Bolt EV is only being delivered in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington and Virginia. By summer 2017 it is to be available nationwide.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Review – First Drive

The Bolt EV is EPA rated at 238 miles range, and after federal tax credit may net for below $30,000, with state subsidies also potentially available.

Chevrolet says the average Bolt EV owner drives approximately 53 miles per day proving a practical solution with range to spare.

“Our early Bolt EV customers are proving the crossover’s functionality, flexibility and long-range capabilities on a daily basis,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet cars and crossovers. “Chevrolet committed to delivering a game-changing vehicle and we’ve done just that. As we continue our national rollout of the Bolt EV, we’re making electric driving accessible to even more drivers.”

One driver even managed to squeeze out 310 miles, notes Chevrolet, though this is not typical.

Actually, that in theory ought not to raise eyebrows so much, as in Europe, the identical rebadged Opel Ampera-e is rated for 310 miles (500 km).

Most people know Europe’s NEDC standard is unrealistically optimistic however, so a real, carefully driven, 310 mile drive on a single charge is not bad at all.

In more common experience, the Bolt has proven to be good for its EPA range, though as always, “your mileage will vary.”

HybridCars.com

 

Apr 25

GM Could Soon Roll Out World’s Largest Autonomous Fleet

 

By Jon LeSage

General Motors may soon host the world’s largest fleet of self-driving vehicles through its test run of automated Chevy Bolts.

The automaker will appears poised to roll out 300 of its self-driving compact crossovers for testing, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, and in doing so, knock Waymo and 80 test vehicles off its mantle. While the automaker hasn’t verified that fact, an engineering association’s publication did its own detective work to reveal what it is up to.

IEEE Spectrum, a news publication from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, put the pieces together by finding out that an automotive supplier and GM both filed for FCC approval to secure a radio frequency needed in a self-driving system.

Alps Electric, a Japanese auto supplier, filed to test 3,000 of its new Ukaza radars with the FCC. To do so on a radio frequency not approved by FCC, companies are required to apply for a Special Temporary Authority (STA) to secure access. In the filing, Alps Electric explained that each vehicle tested would need 10 Ukaza units, and that so far the number of vehicles tested in the program is 300.

While the Japanese supplier kept quiet on which automaker was using its radar system, GM filed an STA for use of the Ukaza radar. GM asked that the number of units be removed from the FCC filing to protect “business sensitive information.”

The engineering publication dug a bit deeper and found a telling comment on the LinkedIn page of GM engineer Robert Reagan, who had written the FCC filing:

“Ensure that our parts can do what they need to do and arrive at the assembly plant on time. For now, those parts are the radar sensors on the Chevrolet Bolt Autonomous Vehicle,” Reagan posted on his LinkedIn account.

The number of tested autonomous Bolts could go up to 462 units, based on another FCC filing. GM had applied for the same type of FCC clearance for a medium-range radar made by German auto parts supplier Bosch. It would initially be applied to 162 vehicles, based on information IEEE Spectrum obtained.

The STA requests filed with the FCC will need to be approved, which is expected to happen by the end of April.

In February, Reuters reported through internal sources that GM is planning on taking that fleet number up much higher.

Two sources familiar with GM’s plan said that thousands of self-driving all-electric Chevrolet Bolts will roll out by 2018, with most of them going to ride-hailing partner Lyft starting in 2018.

That would only be for testing, as the automaker hadn’t revealed plans to sell them to the general public, sources said.

Lyft declined to comment, but GM didn’t denied the report.

“We do not provide specific details on potential future products or technology rollout plans. We have said that our AV (autonomous vehicle) technology will appear in an on-demand ride sharing network application sooner than you might think,” GM said in a statement.

SEE ALSO:  GM Readying Thousands Of Self-Driving Chevy Bolts To Roll Out in 2018

Several companies continue to take testing self-driving vehicles seriously as the technology moves toward deployment in vehicles. Google’s Waymo continues leading the way for now, and Ford wants to bring out self-driving ride sharing fleets in 2021. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is providing a few Chrysler Pacificas to Waymo for conversion to self-driving test minivans.

The latest news focused on Apple quashing speculation that it’s been secretly trying out autonomous technology by gaining permission from California to test out its self-driving fleet in the state.

Inside EVs, HybridCars.com

 

Apr 24

EPA Releases Cadillac CT6 PHV Range and Efficiency Ratings

 

By Jon LeSage

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released further details on the Cadillac CT6 PHV.

After bringing over the CT6 PHV over from China in late March, Cadillac received an initial 31 mile battery-only estimate. That’s been broken out by EPA to 27.76 miles city, 33.94 miles on a highway, and 31 miles in combined battery-powered range.

That’s not bad for a large, heavy sedan though it’s officially classified by interior volume as a midsize car.

Its overall MPGe rating could be better however, being 62 in miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe).

For the gasoline engine, the EPA gave a rating of 23 city, 29 highway, and 26 combined mpg.

By comparison, Cadillac’s sister brand Chevrolet earned a 106 MPGe rating for its 2017 Volt. It is rated 53 miles battery only and 42 mpg combined for its regular gas engine.

Of course, the Volt is a smaller and lighter car running off a 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine versus the Cadillac CT6 PHV and its 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine.

General Motors worked on improving that rating from original 2011 Volt. That version had 93 MPGe with 35 miles electric and 37 combined mpg.

SEE ALSO:  Cadillac Brings CT6 PHV to America Starting With April Sales

For now, the exported-from-China Cadillac will be in limited supply in the U.S.

Retail pricing starts at $75,095 with $995 destination charge. So far, the federal government hasn’t released a federal tax credit for the CT6 PHV.

The Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid, which went out of production last year, had a $7,500 federal tax credit. The 2017 Chevy Volt also gets a $7,500 credit.

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Apr 21

Will Honda’s Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Be the Volt’s Toughest Competitor Yet?

 

Since late 2010 the “extended-range electric” Chevrolet Volt has set a standard other plug-in hybrids have yet to match, but its toughest competitor to date may be here soon.

To be launched later this year by the company whose 2000 Insight was America’s original modern-era hybrid car, the 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid promises some Volt-topping attributes and comes close to the Volt’s claim to fame – all-electric range.

The main reason people spend extra to buy a plug-in hybrid over a regular hybrid is for EV-like electric driving, and the Volt’s 53 miles has been comfortably heads above other automakers’ 20-some miles, but the Clarity is expected to offer 42 miles electric range.

At the same time it’s significantly roomier, has Acura-level refinement and features, to whom it may concern it has “Honda” on the grille, and evidence the market is chomping at the bit for more is plain to see.

Just this week Kelley Blue book upset some readers in naming the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid with just 25 miles range its top pick over the Volt, and now here comes this luxurious 42-mile Honda.

In originally explaining the rationale for the Volt, General Motors emphasized 40 miles was enough for three-quarters of all drivers’ daily needs. Its first-generation Volt had 35 miles through 2012, and 38 miles from 2013 through 2015, meaning the Clarity is right in line with what justified the Volt’s existence.

Pile on a bunch of other tangible and intangible qualities Honda is baking into the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, and buyers may be hard pressed between the two.

Known Specifications

Unveiled at the New York Auto Show this month, Honda’s plug-in Clarity is to be the “volume” leader of the “3-in-1” Clarity platform that includes an already launched fuel cell variant and an 80-mile range all-electric version due later this year.

Honda released only core powertrain specs for the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid but we managed to get a few more facts from Honda public relations representative Chris Martin.

Honda projects it will sell 75,000 Clarity variants in the next four years. Most will be the Plug-in Hybrid.

Martin prefaced all comments saying engineers are still finalizing details, and efficiency and performance projections may change. The core powertrain is known however, and readers may conjecture at will.

Under the hood is essentially a variant of the dual motor hybrid system from the Accord Hybrid, albeit with 1.5-liter engine instead of 2.0-liter, and a largish 17-kWh battery for electric only driving.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Review – Video

The engine is based on a next-generation Honda 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine first used in the 2015 Honda Fit, according to Honda’s Natalie Kumaratne, Environment & Safety Public Relations.

2017 Accord Hybrid shown. Interestingly, system torque of 232 pounds-feet is the same as for the Clarity, but horsepower of 212 is higher. Accord EPA economy is 49 mpg city, 47 highway, and 48 mpg combined.

“However, for the application to the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid the engine has been optimized for the unique requirements of a plug-in vehicle using the Atkinson cycle, where it functions primarily to generate electricity,” said Kumaratne, “but can also serve as a direct power source under certain driving conditions in parallel with the electric motor.”

The Clarity has three drive modes – Normal, Econ, and Sport which let drivers maximize efficiency or driving performance. A fourth HV mode maintains the battery’s state of charge and can be selected in conjunction with Normal, Econ and Sport driving modes.

Included is Honda’s Sensing suite.

Its electric motor produces 181 horsepower and 232 pounds feet of torque. The battery recharges in 2.5 hours when fed 240 volts suggesting a faster on-board charger than what comes in the Volt which takes 4.5 hours to recharge its 18.4-kWh battery.

The Clarity’s horsepower otherwise compares to the compact Volt’s lower 149 horsepower and higher 298 pounds-feet from a 1.5-liter engine and electric power.

Open Questions

While it’s been speculated at the Volt fan site GM-Volt.com the Clarity works on the Volt’s “EREV” principle of keeping gas engine off under full acceleration, this may not be correct, but officially the company has not said.

That would be a critical question as other “blended PHEVs” – like the Prius Prime, Ford Energis, Hyunda/Kia PHEVs, etc. – feed in gas power to achieve maximum acceleration.

This off-topic comment came with breaking news about the Clarity. They voted it up, and suspect Honda is chasing GM – which it is – but we’ll see if the Clarity really works like an “EREV.”

That gas engine power wrecks the whole experience of driving “EV when you want to with gas back up when you need it.” To date, only the Volt in this price segment is a pure extended range EV (EREV), with one exception being the BMW i3 REx which has a tiny gas tank for limited range, and less than full power in extended-range operation.

Martin said at this stage he has not been told by Honda’s engineers whether they are targeting the Volt ‘s EREV principle of gas engine off under full acceleration, but they may not, he said.

The nearest thing to the Clarity was the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid, and a firm foot to the floor did kick its engine on, so it would be only speculation until further notice that the Clarity will do otherwise and match the Volt in this regard.

That said, the dual-motor architecture could in theory be set up to run in EV only regardless of accelerator position.

But casting further doubt, Martin also noted a full accelerator input signals an “emergency” event, so the decision may come down to which is quicker – EV only, assuming the battery and motor can deliver, or battery plus gas in series hybrid mode.

This will be the engineer’s call, and enthusiasts for now can only hope as that is another of the Volt’s attributes that even GM-Volt forum members suspect Honda will match.

2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. Top speed in EV mode is not known at this stage.

Martin also was not privy to the performance numbers for the Clarity, but odds may be good that the Volt will be quicker as it’s smaller and has more torque. Its 2.6 second 0-30 time beats even the Chevy Bolt EV’s 2.9 seconds, and its 8.4 seconds from 0-60 is respectable. That it does this in pure EV mode, and does not need to turn the gas on would put it ahead of the Clarity if Honda does things little different than the others.

We’ll see what the Honda says closer to launch, but its lower power and higher curb weight – Martin says it’s penciled in at approximately 4,000 pounds, around 450 pounds more than the Volt – suggest its power-to-weight ratio lags the Volt.

Expect a little less zippiness from the Clarity compared to the Volt, but likely acceptable and not anemic power.

Another mystery that plug-in hybrid buyers will want to know is the Clarity PHEV’s fuel economy in gas-electric hybrid mode. The Volt is EPA rated at 42 mpg which is OK, but far less than the class champ Prius Prime’s 54 mpg rating.

SEE ALSO: 10 Things You Need To Know About The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

It’s also less than the Honda Accord Hybrid’s 48 mpg from its 2.0-liter dual motor hybrid system.

Because Honda carried forward system architecture from the Accord into its new Clarity – with smaller engine and big 17-kWh battery to feed more electric drive – it would not be improbable for it to deliver mid 40s or possibly better.

Notable is the Clarity’s engine is a 1.5 liter versus the Accord’s 2.0, and the two cars are aimed at slightly different driver expectations.

The Malibu uses a more-expensive permanent magnet AC generator motor with rare earth metals rather than the Volt’s ferrite permanent magnet AC motor. This was done to improve hybrid mode efficiency whereas the Volt’s motor works well in dual motor mode in EV driving, and was “good enough” for hybrid driving. GM has also said this powertrain could theoretically be made a PHEV. Could they fit an 18.4 kWh battery like the Cadillac CT6 PHEV gets, without undue cargo space loss and competitively priced? If so, the Clarity would have a stronger competitor.

SEE ALSO: Why the Chevy Malibu Hybrid Gets Better MPG Than The Chevy Volt

For its part, Chevrolet made its 46 mpg hybrid Malibu better in its gas-electric operation than the Volt because the Volt was biased toward staying off of gas altogether. The Malibu was instead tuned for mpg while the Volt was tuned for “electric” drive feel even when burning gas.

Whether Honda’s engineers and bean counters approach the Clarity’s hybrid mode efficiency the same also is another open question.

Driving Dynamics

Based on the same chassis as the Clarity fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid uses a stiff body structure with strategic use of high-strength steel, optimized weight distribution, and it promises a relatively controlled drive experience.

The next-generation body rivals that of the Accord’s if not surpassing it.

It may yet do alright as the Accord is a solid, if not in sports car territory, and the Clarity is in league. Further, if you haven’t noticed, a lot of family sedans these days are competent handlers.

The Volt’s fans like to emphasize it has a fun-to-drive factor, but both it and the Clarity are eco cars focused on efficiency, and may be within realm.

Interior Space

Both the Volt and Clarity are well contented, but the Clarity may prove more refined.

Initial drive reviews of the Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle already on the market have won it praise as being nice enough to be an Acura, and the Plug-in Hybrid is expected to be the same.

Materials such as ultrasuede, and standard Honda Sensing suite make it a premium package indeed, but where it is hands down the winner is interior volume.

Honda says it will release specs closer to launch later this year, but the three Clarity variants were built to satisfy focus groups who said a sedan should comfortably fit five.

The compact Volt’s rear seat technically also fits five, but its knee room is less, and space abroad is also. Honda media rep Chris Naughton also let on the Clarity is a bit roomier than the Accord Hybrid which is on the large scale of a midsized class car.

Honda’s press kit showed where it wanted to satisfy focus groups. Photo of rear seat without passengers in gallery.

Martin emphasized also the Clarity will top the Volt in cubic feet for cargo and passenger by a significant margin.

“We expect it will have the most interior volume of any of the versions of Clarity,” said Martin of a provisional projection of around 121 cubic feet of passenger plus cargo space topping the Volt’s 100.9 total cubic feet, “and the cargo volume, the Volt is 10.6. we’re at 19.1.”

Looks

Attractiveness is subjective, but both ought to get their proponents and detractors.

The Volt is more “mainstream” and actually looks like a Cruze with some differences, and while we’re at it, it shares hints of the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, and other vehicles by automakers conspiring to make vehicles both attractive and ordinary all in one stroke.


That is, they blend in, and the Clarity meanwhile is a bit away from that mold. Like it or not, its rear three-quarter view with semi-faired in rear wheel reminiscent of the original Insight which set the tone 17 years ago as an odd looking green car (see gallery).

Some will groove on the originality, others may see it as awkward or stylistically tone deaf, if not as much as some have disliked Honda’s Japanese rival’s car, the Prius.

Brand

Chevrolet has proven the Volt’s quality and it is the leading plug-in hybrid both in terms of cumulative sales – thanks also to its head start – and monthly sales.

That’s stated preemptively because people with long memories may otherwise sneer at a GM product or American brand in general. To who think along those lines, just the fact the Clarity is a Japanese Honda is enough to settle any question.

Pick a Chevy or a Honda? That’s a no brainer to those of a certain mindset – pun intended. Honda has long been a darling of Consumer Reports, and its reputation for quality, durability and resale value is high.

Beyond that, Chevrolet has won more awards than an other brand for the past three years, and it is on a mission to remake its name after GM’s federal bailout and restructuring embarrassment of last decade.

The Volt is a pinnacle product and so if you are just catching up, it actually is the more proven of the two. Now in its second generation, among plug-in fans it is a premium nameplate, even if there is a “bowtie” on the front of the grille wearing silver “braces.”

Price

The Volt starts at just below $34,000 and is eligible for a $7,500 federal credit and state incentives as the case may be. Honda says the Clarity, eligible for the same subsidies, will start in the mid 30s, so that may mean very close or a couple thousand or more above the Volt.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Chevy Volt Review – Video

Enthusiasts are speculating after credits it could be below the critical $30,000 mark, but this is not definite until Honda tells us.

Jury’s Out

We could have contemplated more variables, but the above are some of the high points.

Steven Center introduces the new Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Clarity Electric at the 2017 New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

In sum, Honda appears to have an edge in several if not all departments, and the incumbent Volt will have its own subjective and objective advantages.

More will have to be disclosed, drive reviews will need to verify impressions from the fuel cell car carry over to the Plug-in Hybrid, but so far, the Clarity may be the Volt’s strongest contender yet.

HybridCars.com

 

Apr 20

Voltec Buick Velite 5 unveiled in China

 

The Volt is again sold in China – as a Buick – and no, it’s not called the Electra.

Named after a former concept car, the Velite 5 demonstrates that miles are shorter in China, as the powertrain rated 53 miles in the U.S. goes a whopping 72 in the Peoples’ Republic.

“Equipped with GM’s latest intelligent electric drive system, the Velite 5 offers up to 768 kilometers of range in extended-range mode,” said the automaker. “Its prioritized pure electric driving mode provides 116 kilometers of range, fulfilling consumers’ demand to commute with zero petroleum consumption and zero emissions.”

A near replica of the Buick Velite 5 is available in the U.S. and Canada.

Everyone here already knows the basics of its specifications, but the Buick nameplate is considered upscale especially in China.

A spec it gets above the U.S. is “A highly efficient automatic air-conditioning system filters out PM2.5 fine particulate matter and odors,” to tackle Chinese urban air quality.

Buick of China said in a press release this is its second model to wear the Buick Blue badge.

The Velite 5 joins the LaCrosse hybrid electric vehicle launched last April.

“Two trim levels are being offered,” says Buick. “The 1.5GL is priced at RMB 265,800 ($33,368)and the 1.5GS is priced at RMB 295,800 ($37,724). Each is eligible for a subsidy of RMB 36,000 from SAIC-GM.”

Buick Velite 5 highlights:

• Power Split technology used in both pure electric and extended-range mode ensures that each power source contributes its fair share in different driving modes to maintain high energy efficiency and provide consistent driving performance.
• Multiple intelligent safety systems include adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane keep assist (LKA), automatic parking assist (APA) and high-beam assist (HBA). All trims come with 10 air bags as standard.


• Modern aestheticism and compact coupe styling blend with interior spaciousness to meet a range of user needs.
• Keyless entry and push-button start enhance convenience.
• A highly efficient automatic air-conditioning system filters out PM2.5 fine particulate matter and odors.
• A Bose premium sound system has eight speakers for acoustic pleasure.
• Next-generation OnStar telematics service is free of charge for five years. With 4G LTE, users can enjoy a range of safety and security, connectivity and mobility services.
• OnStar’s mobile app enables users to remotely monitor vehicle conditions, such as power level and charging status, and search for public charging facilities.
• An 8-inch high-definition touchscreen supports Bluetooth, voice recognition and Apple CarPlay, offering a safe high-speed connectivity experience for the driver and passengers.

We know you like the Volt, but wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?

 

Apr 19

Kelley Blue Book Recommends Toyota Prius Prime Over Chevy Volt

 

The all-electric range provided by a plug-in hybrid is the biggest reason to buy one, but that did not stop Kelley Blue Book from naming a 25-mile range Toyota over a 53-mile range Chevrolet.

For the 2017 list of “5 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars Under $40,000,” Toyota’s Prius Prime took top honors over the runner up Chevy Volt from the editors of the consumer automotive website.

Obviously weighing factors beyond all-electric range, KBB assessed the total value proposition perceived by the follow-up to Toyota’s Prius PHV.

The compact Chevy Volt was the first plug-in car to undergo a complete redesign in 2016. The midsized Prius Prime was the second in 2017.

“KBB’s Electric/Hybrid Car Best Buy for 2017, the Toyota Prius Prime brings together the time-tested reliability of Toyota technology, a pleasantly rewarding drive, and easy-to-use efficiency,” said the publication.

The new “Prime” saw its price tag seriously marked down from the $30-40,000 2012-2015 plug-in Prius while doubling the battery size from 4.4 kWh to 8.8, and though considered the Prius range topper, it’s stickered midway in the regular Prius Liftback hybrid’s range.

Both the $27,985 Prime and the $34,095 Volt are eligible for federal tax credits, though the Volt is actually eligible for $7,500 and the Prime is eligible for $4,500.

Additional bonus points for the Prime however include a substantial 54 mpg rating in hybrid drive mode – when the battery is not solely driving the wheels – versus the Volt’s 42 mpg, plus other factors put the Prime over the top.

SEE ALSO: Why the 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Gets Better MPG Than The 2016 Chevy Volt

Chevrolet actually admitted it saved money on the motor drive for the Volt and assumed its buyers would emphasize the EV drive potential and not place as high a premium on its hybrid mode.

As such, its sibling Malibu Hybrid – a larger car with larger engine and more power – that’s otherwise based on the Volt’s hybrid system architecture, is rated 46 mpg in hybrid mode, topping the Volt by 4 mpg.

The Chevy Volt is considered by many, if not all, to be more attractively styled. The Prime also now has only four seats which the Volt caught heat for in gen one. The 2016 has a middle back hump which can accept a third passenger.

That decision and Toyota’s decision in reverse to eke out slightly higher mpg from the Prime than the 52 mpg Liftback mean on longer drives when not in EV mode the Prime has a huge 12 mpg advantage.

Couple that with Toyota’s reputation for quality, possibly resale value, and other subjective factors KBB did not outline in a brief write-up, and the Prime despite its lowly 25 miles EV range looks alright overall.

And the market seems to be agreeing. The Prime has only been roling out to all dealers across the country. Some reports have alleged its dealers were not stocking or promoting it, though Toyota denied that.

SEE ALSO: Should You Buy A 2017 Toyota Prius Prime?

For the first quarter of this year, its sales are believed to be siphoning off some customers from its non-plug-in Prius stablemate and its 4,346 units delivered through March is OK next to the Volt’s 5,563.

The Prime is a relative slouch off the line. 0-60 takes around 10 seconds next to the Volt’s 8.4, and the Volt rockets to 30 mph in 2.6 seconds.

This is not to downgrade the Volt overly much, however, and Kelley Blue Book nearly gushes praise for the Volt too, which made it a former Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Winner.

“…beyond efficiency, it’s just a better car, period. It’s fun to drive, with a nicely sorted suspension, good steering and decent power from its unique drivetrain,” wrote KBB in its prior review of the second-generation Volt compared to the first-generation Volt. “The interior is both more conventional and more high-tech than before, thanks to the use of real buttons combined with features like Apple CarPlay. It can even seat five people, at least for short drives, and it looks great. The price is also spot-on with the Toyota Prius, after you deduct for federal and state EV credits.”

SEE ALSO: Chevy Volt Travels 300,000th Mile

As things stand, the Volt still has its 53 miles EV range versus the Prime’s 25, and for all the reputation Toyota brings, the Volt has been a relative standout on the reliability front.

Time will tell whether the Prime gaining speed this year in the sales race overtakes the Volt, and the market comes fully in line with KBB’s recommendation.

KBB

This article appears also at HybridCars.com

 
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