But the Volt has plenty of giddy up. With the electric motor providing 149 horsepower and 273 pounds of torque, the Volt instantly responds when you hit the gas pedal.
And GM has succeeded in making the Volt's transition from electric power to the gas assist engine a smooth one.
When I drove a Volt prototype at the GM proving grounds a few months back, the was considerable noise when the gas assist kicked in. No more.
Also, I like the iPod-like center stack. It provides a steady stream of data (how much battery life is left, how efficiently I'm driving, etc.) And is easy to work. The touch pad is understated but attractive.
While I, and others, like with the Volt and how it drives, the real question is whether the Volt will sell. At $41,000 it ain't cheap. Yes, buyers will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit and then there are state tax credits of $2,000 to $5,000 depending on where you live. Still, if gas prices stay at the moderate level where they are right now, some may hesitate to pay $41,000 for an electric car.
But for now, GM is betting they will. More than 120,000 have said they are interested in buying. The electric car race is on and the Volt is ready to charge up the competition.
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