Don’t be fooled by your own reverse psychology. The reason the press pays so much attention to Paris Hilton or Spears’ return to the MTV Awards is counter-intuitive. Media attention poured out on the Chevrolet Volt makes complete sense.
No other major automobile manufacturer is as ready to mass-produce plug-in hybrids (or electric vehicles with range extenders as General Motors likes to say) as the Detroit conglomerate known as The General. Badges as a Chevrolet and likely to be priced above every car in its range except the Corvette, the Volt is powered by electricity, and gas if need be. Under electric power, there’ll be 150 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. There’s not much wonder then that GM’s boss, Rick Wagoner, speaks with such strong hyperbole. The question is, are Wagoner’s statements in this YouTube clip really all that hyperbolicious? Have a listen.