Why Can’t Other Plug-In Hybrids Copy Chevy Volt’s All-Electric Running?

The distinguishing feature of the Chevrolet Volt has always been that as long as it has charge left in its battery, it runs solely on electricity.

The gasoline engine doesn’t switch on even under maximum acceleration (except in certain cold-weather situations, to provide heat for the cabin and battery).

The new 2016 Chevy Volt maintains that feature, and expands its electric range from 38 to 50 miles–ensuring even more all-electric travel.

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But with a variety of other plug-in hybrids on the market–from BMW, Ford, Honda, Porsche, Toyota, and soon Audi and Mercedes-Benz as well–why are the Volt and its Cadillac ELR relative the sole vehicles to behave that way?

The answer is that it simply requires a larger battery pack and a more powerful electric motor than the other makers have chosen to fit.

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