Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf: Two different approaches

By Posted 27 Jul 2010, 22:40

When choosing a car that is more eco friendly it has always been the Toyota Prius for most, but there are two new boys about to hit the market, and both have a different approach. In one corner we have the Chevy Volt and in the other we have the Nissan Leaf.

General Motors did not want to rely on just an electric motor with the Chevrolet Volt, so decided to add a gasoline engine into the design. The Volt has a total range of 340 miles – 40 of those will be done with the electric motor.

This type of car is different to a hybrid, as that will use the gas engine once you reach a certain speed – the Volt will only use the electric motor until the batteries are spent. This is not a bad thing, as most Americans never travel more than 40 miles on a round trip to work. Once you get home you just plug your Chevy Volt in and charge it ready for your next journey.

Nissan has gone for a full electric vehicle, as they feel that this is the future of cars and we should embrace it. The electric motor produces 107hp and has a 0 to 60 time of just under 10 seconds and a top speed of 90mph. The range of the EV is 100 miles. However, once you run out of charge you have no gas engine to help you out.

The Nissan Leaf will be perfect for those who leave in urbanized and city areas, as there will be a number of charging stations placed in certain locations.

We reported in a recent post that the Chevy Volt would begin at $41,000 – although there is $7,500 to be taken off that figure for federal tax credit. The Nissan leaf is to cost $32.780, we are not certain how much federal relief this car will get.

So these are two cars with two different approaches, which do you think will sell more units?