One site says one speed automatic, which really wouldn’t be an automatic since it isn’t changing gears. Another site says CVT.

So, when you’re putting it into reverse, is it changing to a reverse gear in a gearbox or is it just reversing polarity on the motor?

Being a manual transmission die-hard I feel uncomfortable driving automatics because the car moves without me doing anything, something that is counterintuitive in my little world. I want to switch to neutral when at lights or in stop-and-go traffic, but I know that this is bad for a conventional automatic transmission and should be avoided. But what about the Volt? Is there really a transmission, and if not, is it OK to flip to neutral in those situations when I don’t want the car to move?