At the GM-Volt forum it was called the "Oh, Sh!t!" button.You see that commonly on test vehicles. Usually it's a rapid engine/motor shut-off, in case something goes awry with the prototype's powertrain, which is in testing after all.
But I think it can also be partly for looks and it could also be for the experience of it. Having the driver have motions and levers to operate the vehicle makes them more engaged. I don't think its really worse than buttons instead. Just a matter of style.At the GM-Volt forum it was called the "Oh, Sh!t!" button.
Really, a pure EV doesn't need any shift level or knob. That is a legacy device from the manual shift days. EVs never shift! And there are many gas engine vehicles, including the Lincoln MKZ which I have personally driven, that use push buttons:
A paddle or level on the steering wheel can do the "PRND" functions better and another paddle can do "Low" or "Sport" mode, too. "Shifting" is a function that physically changes the status and direction, so the EV must be stopped and the driver do a real physical and mental action to change it. But it can be done with fingertips, and not need a large mechanical device for it. Save weight and space in the cabin!
Same here.Good to see that they stuck with a full digital speed cluster and it looks a lot nicer than the rectangular one in their concept vehicle.