Things do not seem to be going General Motors way with their Chevy Volt, which all started when it looked as though the vehicle was a hybrid after all. We now have news that the new Chevrolet is not as green as GM had first hoped, with the likes of the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight having much lower emissions.
The new vehicle was graded a ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) and not a SULEV. Even more surprisingly, the California Air Resources Board also considers the Golf GTI 2.0T and Jetta TDI cleaner cars. This is certain to be a huge blow for GM, one that could put off potential buyers.
However, it is not all bad, we just have to understand how CARB do their testing. They do not have any such test for electric vehicles, so requires the engine to be running. The results of the Volt were 1.3 g/km, just missing an SULEV classification by 0.3 grams.
According to Inside Line, the Volt does not qualify for carpool lane stickers; this could be a huge problem, as this is something that most drivers want a green car for. Do you think that the Chevy Volt is now starting to lose its appeal?