Tesla CEO Not a Fan of Plug-in Hybrids, Specifically: the Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt

Dr. Lyle Dennis of GM-Volt.com reported today that Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk is not a fan of the plug-in hybrid concept—specifically the Chevy Volt—saying that it is “neither fish nor fowl and ends up being worse. . .than either a gasoline or pure electric vehicle.”

Just last week, Tesla officially announced their Model S 4-door electric sedan. The Model S has a range of about 300 miles and costs roughly $49,000 after Federal Tax Credits.

In comparison, the Chevy Volt has an estimated total range of about 400 miles—the first 40 miles on battery power and another 360 miles on a full tank (6-7 gallons) of gasoline/E85. The goal price for the Volt is less than $30,000 but initial models could be closer to $40,000.

So which car will consumers actually buy? 

Price and convenience will ultimately decide. While the allure of electric cars is strong—we think—the Volt is not as much of a departure from tradition:  in a pinch, you can still you still stop at any gas station and fill it up. More simply, it seems that a sub-$30K option is going to be more attractive for the general public. 

You can read the rest of Dr. Lyle’s analysis at GM-Volt.com.

More: Is the Tesla Model S Really For the Rest of Us?


In a past life, Clayton was a professional blogger and editor of Gas 2.0, Important Media’s blog covering the future of sustainable transportation. He was also the Managing Editor for GO Media, the predecessor to Important Media.