Chevrolet Cruze Plug-In Hybrid in the Offing

November 25, 2011 / No Comments

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.

cruzeplugin Chevrolet Cruze Plug In Hybrid in the OffingLast 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.