Earlier this week, we reported that the Nissan Leaf had won the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award. Joining the Leaf in this prestigious honor is the Chevrolet Volt, which has been praised by Popular Mechanics as “more than the sum of its cutting-edge parts.”
Just one of the features that helped secure the award is the fact that when its 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack is empty, the Volt car automatically switches to a gas engine. Popular Mechanics thinks “it’s a dramatic reinvention of the great American car, without sacrificing the great American road trip.”
Other factors include its aerodynamic design that boast a gently sloping rear hatch, a flat bottom and small creases and fins that manage airflow. Plus, its two 7-inch WVGA displays – one of which is a touchscreen – gives the driver access to basic functions, vehicle information and a graphical efficiency coach. It even comes with a smartphone app that lets users schedule charging and precondition the cabin while the car is plugged in.
[Source: Popular Mechanics]