But for pure technology, what they've done is far less impressive than what Toyota has done. Notwithstanding the false impression Tesla have created in the public mind with all the hype.
Tesla has been very successful despite high prices and a 2 month waiting list to get a model S. If you think Tesla has somehow brainwashed the public mind with hype, you are probably wrong. Tesla hardy uses advertising, the cars sell themselves and they have 400,000 orders for a smaller version that is not even on the road yet.
(Not a fan boy, I don't own a Tesla, or stock in the company)
As for the Chevy Volt: We had two -13s, His and Hers. Great cars, 1/2 cost of fuel
versus a gasoline car of the same size, almost no maintenance
with regenerative braking. Got a -17 Volt now, even better with more range and more torque. Will probably get a second one, but leasing a BMW Diesel
Wagon for now. 44 mpg on the highway, twin turbo diesel
, great car and since most Americans like neither diesels nor wagons, I could name my own price
, it had been sitting on the lot too long.