The Chevrolet Volt can arguably be considered the ultimate green machine. From its seats made from recyclable materials to its innovative electric drivetrain, the Volt bleeds eco-friendly from head to toe. Competing with electric cars and hybrids like the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius, the Volt takes a different approach to addressing the ever-present issue of achieving the best mpg possible. It picks up where other electric cars leave off, thanks to its Voltec propulsion system. And now it can add the title of best electric car in our 2012 Best Resale Value Awards.
This unique technology combines an electric motor with an internal-combustion engine/generator, which means that it can be driven on electric-only power for up to an average of 35 miles and when the battery power is depleted, the gasoline engine is switched on to continue generating electricity for another 344 miles. This innovative drivetrain completely quells any range anxiety one may have when it comes to electric-only cars.
The innovation doesn't stop at the engine compartment though. The Volt's unique shape is aerodynamic to optimize the car's fuel efficiency and the interior is graced with touch-sensitive audio and climate controls. Furthermore, the car has some extremely tech-savvy features such as the smart phone app, which allows the owner to monitor and control systems on the Volt, such as tire pressure and battery level and even receive a text message when the battery is topped off.
The Nissan Leaf differs from the Chevy Volt in that Nissan's electric car is all electric, offering an EPA-rated range of 73 miles per charge.
- at 36 months: 39.0%
- at 60 months: 25.5%