Chevrolet is driving out a new hybrid after their Volt met with a stiff reception. This one is the cheaper and less complex Cruze. Unlike the Volt, which was a plug-in, the Cruze is a plug-in hybrid. That is, the Cruze will be using both petrol and electric power to drive its front wheels.
Last year, General Motors had showcased a plug-in version of the Cruze, sporting a Volt running gear. But during last week’s Los Angeles motor show, a GM spokesman said that the Cruze, when it goes into production, will be very much different from the company’s projected image of the car.
“The Volt will always be a plug-in electric vehicle,” said Jim Federico, executive director, group vehicle line director and VLE for global compact, mini, small and EV. “Plug-in Cruze doesn’t make Volt redundant at all. Plug-in Cruze would have a different powertrain. Plug-in hybrids use both the engine and motor all the time.”
The Cruze would be looking to compete with the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. So the car would be featuring a petrol engine, an electric motor and a small lithium-ion battery pack.
Let’s see whether the Cruze would have the effect the company hopes to achieve.