HybridCars.com is claiming exclusive access to information that has, to this point, been left to the wild rumors of the internet: The Chevy Volt’s engine may actually directly power the car’s wheels during some kinds of driving.

If this is true, it would be big news for a car and a company that, up ’til now have gone to great lengths to brand and market the vehicle in a new category—the Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV)—while simultaneously distancing the Volt from the more widely used moniker, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)… all of which was done to avoid branding the Volt in the hybrid category and associate it with pure electric vehicles.