Chevy Volt at Columbia University
President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt
The 2011 Nissan Leaf is an all-electric car like the Volt, except for one major difference—it has no range-extending mode. Really, the Volt is an all-electric drivetrain with an onboard gasoline generator. So the Leaf only gets power from being plugged in and can go 100 miles on a charge (give or take depending on conditions). The Volt gets power from either the electrical outlet or from the onboard generator and can only go 40 miles on a charge (again give or take depending on conditions). The end game—the volt still produces emissions from a tailpipe. The result—can it survive being more expensive than the Leaf?
That question has yet to be answered, but stay tuned right here to AllSmallCars.com to find out what happens tomorrow during the Plug-In 2010 Conference. The Volt will either become the most anticipated GM car or the once most anticipated car.