After years of suffering blows from environmentalists, General Motors emerged in 2007 with some of the most forward-thinking plans for green cars, most notably the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Did GM deserve the criticism? In a word, yes. For example, GM discontinued and crushed the EV1 battery-electric vehicle, pushed the gargantuan Hummer on to American roads, greenwashed the use of corn-based ethanol, and slapped hybrid badges on sedans and large SUVs with negligible fuel efficiency benefits. Should you take a serious look at Chevy’s hybrid, small and biofuel vehicles? Again, the answer is yes. GM has steadily improved the quality and design of all its products. Most notably, its Volt has shown the carmaker can produce a plug-in hybrid that three years after its launch still had the longest EV range of about 40 miles. The carmaker also has the Spark EV sold from launch only in California and Oregon, thus a compliance car. GM has capability, but what its plans might be still emanate mixed messages, and we’re not sure even it has a clear plan in mind.
|98 MPG||Plug-in Hybrid||$39100||Now|
|34 MPG||Small Car||$18200||Now|
|29 MPG||Small Car||$12000||Now|
|17 MPG||E85 Ethanol||$22400||Now|
|13 MPG||E85 Ethanol||$29400||Now|