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 |  May 06 2011, 1:04 PM

With the Nissan Leaf beginning to outsell the Chevrolet Volt, the competition between the two is heating up, and General Motors North America President Mark Reuss had some not-so-nice things to say about the car when asked for his thoughts.

Reuss said that the Leaf was “…has a finite range and requires infrastructure and charging to run it, where the Volt is really an extended-range electric vehicle. The Volt can really be the only car you own. You better be living within a certain range for the Leaf. … It’s a lot different market, a lot different car and a completely different driver.

While Reuss’ comments are technically correct – the Leaf has a limited range and is ideal for those who drive short distances – the car is one of the first steps on the way to viable, long range electric vehicles. Just like the first laptop computers had poor battery life, were clunky and performed poorly, but have now come into their own, we think that electric vehicles will follow a similar trajectory. Hopefully General Motors will recognize this and help progress the Voltec propulsion system accordingly.

[Source: Nashville Business Journal]

  • Jake Steed

    The leaf uses no gas! None nada! And the left will go about 100 miles between changes. It is a real plug in electric vehicle. The Volt is a hybrid…just and advanced plug in hybrid. You still have to buy some gas if you want to go longer than 40 mile distances at a time. The Volts gas engine come on after 40 miles of driving.

    Most people drive less than 100 miles per day…so the Leaf will work for them. That’s why it is starting to outsell the volt. Plus the leaf is $10,000 cheaper in price..and can be had for less than $25K.

  • Jeffrey

    General motors is making some very good cars, but comment like these from Mark Reuss turn me off more than anything, They both have there place, but the high cost of the Volt is not for me. The Cruise is a nice car to, they say all new, however having traveled to Vietnam and other locations, It seems in truth it is a rebaged Daewoo that has been driving around a few years. Nothing wrong with that, it is a good car, just be true to the consumer, we are not a stupid as you think.

  • hsr0601

    EVs : The Future of Car !

    It’s Official: DBM Energy’s Electric Car Battery Is Real !

    New independent test confirms 454.82 km driving range on one charge!
    It weighs just 770 pounds,
    For comparison, the Tesla Roadster’s pack, which claims 245 miles of range, weighs 990 pounds.
    The car’s creators even claimed a 6 minute recharge time.

    It passed extensive independent safety tests, demonstrated endurance of 5000 charging cycles, this battery will last 27 years.
    Lithium cells of Kolibri Lithium battery have undergone a very rigorous tests according to the video from the website of German Ministry For The Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

    Mr. Hoffmann also cites estimates that the mass-production cost of a 98.8 kWh version of the pack would range from 800 to 1,000 euros, or from about $1,100 to $1,400, which is thousands below current costs.

  • Quinn McNamara

    Mark: You’re not wrong.