Volt is unique among electric vehicles because you have two sources of energy. You have an electric source–a battery–that allows you to drive gas free. And there’s also an onboard generator that produces electricity so you can go further, though you will need gas to power the generator.
Locally, Tom Bell Chevrolet, reports a sharp increase in orders.
While more expensive than other electric vehicles, there are still government incentives as well as gas savings to consider when examining the Volt. Other cheaper electric vehicles will get you around town just the same, but the Volt can get you as far as 375 miles away from home with a full charge and a full tank of gas for the generator.
Like the other electrics, an all electric gas-free range is only about 35 miles. With a comfortable interior and buckets seats for everyone, along with video game-like gauges and screens, the Volt is simply fun to drive. Acceleration is quick and without hesitation. However, regenerative braking has a much different and unresponsive feel compared to traditional disc or pad brake systems. This takes some getting used to.
It’s kid toting friendly as the 2 back seats are LATCH equipped, but it’s not exactly a big family vehicle. Because of the placement of the large ion battery, the Volt is only a 4 seater. That heavy battery also gives the Volt a low center of gravity that prevents body roll through corners and really seems to hold the car to the road.
Kelley Blue Book issued the following statement on the Chevrolet Volt:
“Notable wins include the Chevrolet Volt, which was neck and neck with the Nissan LEAF. The Volt’s slightly lower maintenance and insurance costs gives it the competitive advantage, making it the 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Award winner in the Electric Car category. The Chevrolet Volt has a five-year ownership cost expected to total $40,629, while the Nissan LEAF’s five-year expected total is $42,089 with all key costs to own a vehicle considered.”
Thursday, April 12, 2012
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