Reports of difficulties in creating a seamless transition between the Chevrolet Volt’s electric and internal-combustion modes are overblown, says Bob Boniface, design director for the extended-range electric vehicle. “I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” he says during a chat on General Motors Co.’s website. Boniface says he recently drove a Volt test mule that transitioned from electric power to internal combustion, or what GM calls “charge sustaining mode,” and “it ...

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