Elon Musk Doesn't Love the Chevy Volt

05/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Right now, the Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt are two of the most talked about alternative cars in the world. Both machines are being designed as relatively mainstream vehicles that could theoretically replace gas-guzzling passenger cars in the driveways of thousands of Americans. Still, the eco-friendly vehicles take decidedly different paths to arrive at the same end goal of reducing gasoline usage. The Chevy Volt, on the other hand, uses a smaller battery pack paired with a gas-burning engine to provide for a longer range before the gas tank needs to be filled. When asked why Tesla chose not offer a range-extended EV, company CEO Elon Musk had some interesting things to say. 1

GM and Segway showed off a two-wheel prototype vehicle based on Segway's scooter platform that lets two people tool around the city at 35 miles an hour on electric power. GM touted the vehicle's OnStar wireless communications to let people communicate with each other and stay clear of other vehicles. That would show some innovation around fuel efficiency and offer proof that GM is serious about weaning itself from selling SUVs and trucks as passenger cars. 2

  1. Elon Musk Doesn't Love the Chevy Volt (autobloggreen)
  2. Still Waiting for GM's City Car 'Revolution' (Green Tech (cnet))


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