General Motors Executive Calls Nissan Leaf "Single Purpose Car"

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

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]

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  • Hsr0601 Hsr0601 on May 07, 2011

    EVs : The Future of Car ! Its Official: DBM Energys 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 Roadsters pack, which claims 245 miles of range, weighs 990 pounds. The cars 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.

  • AutoGuide.com News Staff AutoGuide.com News Staff on May 07, 2011

    Mark: You're not wrong.

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