Second Generation Chevrolet Volt
Chevy was one of the first manufacturers to unveil an electric car for the masses when it launched its Chevy Volt in 2010. But its sales were low, due to worries that the battery didn't last long on a charge and could leave drivers stranded. The styling was also boxy and uninteresting. Its 2016 model is intended to address those concerns. General Motors found a way to reduce battery size, so there's now room for three passengers in the back seat instead of just two. But the range increases only slightly, from 38 miles on a fully charged battery to 50 miles. And the styling, while more rounded and a slight improvement over the previous design, isn't nearly bold enough to make a statement about this alternative electric power train. GM's Bolt electric vehicle holds more promise.