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Published on March 25th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Chevy Volt vs Toyota Prius Plug-in

March 25th, 2014 by  


A new Toyota Prius Plug-in owner and former Chevy Volt owner has been putting together a list of the pluses and minuses of each. It’s quite a detailed list, and he’s been updating it a bit based on feedback from Chevy Volt owners and perhaps other members from the GM-Volt.com forum. Of course, much of the comparison is very subjective, but there are also plenty of objective differences, and the whole thing looks worth a read if you considering a Chevy Volt vs a Toyota Prius Plug-in (or some other plug-in hybrid electric vehicle / extended-range electric vehicle).

Here’s the original post on the GM-Volt.com forum:

Volt vs. Prius – A Volt Newbie’s Take

After two years in a Plug-in Prius, I got tired of compulsively managing its 11 miles of EV range and bought a new 2014 Volt.

Naturally, I’ve spend the following two weeks compulsively comparing the vehicles 1. My conclusions:

  • The Plug-in Prius is a far better vehicle.
  • The Volt is a far better electric vehicle.
  • The Volt is a neater toy.

My detailed comparison table is in this link. I’ll update it as people point out my errors (or at least the ones I agree are errors  ).

Be gentle. 

1 And enjoying the heck out of my Volt!

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.

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