Saturday, May 26, 2012

Chevrolet Volt. Day one.


I finally was able to get a Volt, late yesterday.
It came to me with about 12 miles left on the charge. And I really do not have a way to plug it in until after the week end.
Which is too bad.
The pure electric drive is quite an amazing experience. The car does feel heavy, which I like.
And quick enough. The sport mode does a good job and the car does feel quicker.

Otherwise, it is quite and refined all the time. It is really hard to tell when the engine is on or not.
I assume it is since the battery is now empty. The ride is very comfortable.


So far I have averages between 40 and 43MPG in mix driving, with the battery on empty.
Which is really good.
This is such a much better drive than the Prius. The difference is quite amazing.

I will try to do a quick report every day. And answer questions you might have.

So far, I love driving it.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why can't you charge it? Would it require a special power plug?

Education Project said...

The upcoming Fusion Hybrid is 10 grand less, and may get 47mpg city, 44 highway, plus more room, so this'll be interesting.

Anonymous said...

Would also be interested in reading about a test of the Honda Civic GX.

Anonymous said...

Vince, you really must find a way to charge it. I want to see how far you can go on a full charge.

Anonymous said...

If (like me) Vince lives in an apartment building, there is nowhere to charge.

This will be addressed as plug-in vehicles become more common.

Anonymous said...

I am not a huge fan of Chevy, or Nissan or Toyota for that matter. But I really do think that this looks good, and appears to have a lot better interior design. Style is subjective, but from a practicality perspective, I don't know why anyone would choose a Prius or a Leaf over this.

Vince Burlapp said...

Yes, I am currently in an apartment building with parking on a lot down the street. So no plugging here.

But it is possible at work. And just found out that some movie theaters in Hollywood have a few charging stations.

So I will be going to the movies today!

Rick said...

I don't think I would ever buy a Volt but hybrids in general are starting to interest me a bit. The new Prius C finally hits the financial marks that make these cars worth the money, and it isn't hideous.

But it's the next gen Ford Fusion hybrid that really has my attention. The Fusion in general is just one sexy sedan. I'll be checking it out..

Anonymous said...

The next gen Ford Fusion Hybrid will be available as PHEV (Energi) early next year. Most likely better deal than the Volt.