Chevy Volt Owner Shares How to Avoid Charging Hassle With a Simple Trick
The Chevy Volt is incredibly easy to own. You never have to charge the battery, but each time you do, you save money on gas. It takes me about 15 seconds to grab the cord and plug it in at home in my garage. And it takes 15 seconds to unplug and hang up the cord, so 30 seconds a day is all I have to spend worrying about charging my Chevy Volt. I only charge at home and if I have to drive a long way in one day, I will use some gasoline. I don't have to ever worry about finding a place to charge.
Some of the people are obsessed with using as little gas as possible and seem to constantly work at finding places to plug in and spending a lot of effort trying to get better results by driving methods. They argue about the competition to use charging points and being unplugged. Many are just doing it as a game to see if they can be king of the best MPG. Don’t think you have to do that if you own a Chevy Volt. I avoid the hassle by plugging in only at night and I still will eliminate 90% of my gas usage.
The Volt is easy because it can go over 300 miles on gas after the charge is used up so you never have to look for a place to charge. At worst, I have to duck into a gas station if I want to drive all day. For most people, 80% to 90% of their miles are from the battery. If you drive 1000 miles a month, that is 800 to 900 miles on battery and only 100 to 200 miles on gas per month.
That is 0.75 to 1.5 gallons of gas a week. Maybe $1.50 to $5 bucks a week if gas goes up again. Don't sweat it if you have to fill up every couple of months. You still are in a different world.
You should know that most people simply plug in at home and are happy only having to buy 9 gallons of gas every 2 to 4 months. If you want to play games and have fun getting the most miles on battery – great, but understand you never have to plug the car in and the easiest thing to do is only plug in at night in your own garage and don’t sweat anything else. You will still save big bucks on gas.
By the way, Chevy just offered a hard to believe discount on 2015 Volt to move outgoing models.