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Neil Mitchell's Holden Volt

Posted by: Neil Mitchell | 16 October, 2012 - 10:15 AM
Holden Volt

NEIL MITCHELL: In the past 24 hours I’ve had a peep in to the future.

We are not quite there but this is a huge step.

I’ve been road testing an electric car that actually works.

It is not a hybrid, But it does have a petrol engine that charges the battery.

WATCH: Neil Mitchell testing the Holden Volt


It is the Holden Volt not released yet, due out next month.

And driving this is like a whole new experience, a quantum leap.

I’ve driven a lot of cars and you notice the technology change but it is still a traditional car.

This is another step again.

This is not a hybrid, it is an electric car and you plug it in to the socket at home.

 But i tell you, you will need to change your habits as a pedestrian.

This morning, I frightened the living daylights out of a couple crossing against the lights.

They didn't hear me coming because this car is almost totally silent.

That is weird but I really think it is a quantum leap

Fun to drive, cheap to run, but not cheap:



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Blog comments Your Say

  • How come no one can answer what the cost is to your household electricity bill.
    Sounds like false enconomy to me

    pete Friday 26 October, 2012 - 9:36 AM
  • Gents,

    Whilst the Holden "Volt" is claimed to be an electric car and not a hybrid... it has a petrol engine... so it's a hybrid.

    One could claim Diesel locomotives are also "electric" as they run diesel generators to power electric motors that drive the wheels... yet we call them "Diesel" locomotives.

    Nothing new here... just another hybrid.



    PS - Don't know why they don't just follow the tried and tested configuration of diesel locomotives on cars.

    Sam Wednesday 17 October, 2012 - 9:52 AM
  • Just a subsequent thought on safety for pedestrians: Could it be provided with noisy tyres??

    David T. Tuesday 16 October, 2012 - 5:44 PM
  • As far as I am concerned, these are dangerous to pedestrians; overpriced for what is basically a General Motors quality car; takes far more out of the environment to build than any other type of car; is basically just a city car; and whilst the first few services are comparatively cheap, will finish up costing a fortune in battery replacement and other servicing (when a dealer can be found with the expertise). This type of car may temporarily excite the city "Green movement" with more money than sense. It does not excite me.

    David T. Tuesday 16 October, 2012 - 5:19 PM
  • My only fear with this car is battery life. Home solar could be used to charge it so thats easy enough. But should the batterys need replacing by say the 2nd owner it could be a jaw dropping experience !

    John F Tuesday 16 October, 2012 - 3:40 PM
  • What a great idea, powered by electricity so we can pay more Carbon Dioxide Tax to Julia. Give me a break!

    Milton Tuesday 16 October, 2012 - 1:59 PM

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