The Chevrolet Volt is an electric car equipped with a range-extending gasoline engine. This means that, unlike the plug-in Prius (or any other hybrid car), the Volt’s wheels are never directly propelled by the gasoline engine. Instead, the Chevrolet Volt is powered by a battery, but a small gasoline engine is used to recharge the battery while the car is in motion.A plug-in hybrid like the Toyota Prius, or a battery-powered car like the Chevrolet Volt with a range-extending gasoline engine, will not produce harmful emissions as long as the car operates in battery-only mode. If the gasoline engine of either car operates, then carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide will be released.
According to GM the Volt will be able recharge its batteries in about 6 hours and provide 40 miles of pure electric fuel. On the other hand, the plug-in prius will be able to get 100 mpg+. Both will be running on lithium batteries, but the plug-in Prius will require much less batteries.
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