GM, why won't you advertise the Chevy Volt?
I bought a Chevrolet Volt that came off of a lease last May and have owned my Volt since last May. Its capabilities as a car is something not understood by the average person. When I tell my friends that I average 35-45 miles on electricity they are impressed. But trying to explain the gas generator is more difficult and confusing for the average guy driving a Ford F-150. In an effort to atone for past sins I really think GM poured all they had into the Volt.
Ingenious engineering features that require a learning curve
For those who aren't aware, I get an average of 35-50 miles on pure electric power day in day out. I plug in at night to an outlet in my kitchen and the next day I am ready to go 35-50 miles again. It takes 9 hours to charge. I just installed a 240 outlet so I now charge in 4 hours. Acceleration in electric mode off the line is very spirited if not fast, up to 30 MPH. After that you can get to 60 MPH in about 8.1 seconds.
Driving Chevy Volt adds approximately 30 dollars to my electric bill each month.
Charging overnight with off hour rates, I spend about 30 dollars a month to charge my car. Driving approximately 35 miles per day I am driving 950 miles for 30 dollars. You can't do that with many cars. And when that electricity runs out I can drive with gas for 300 more miles, until I can charge again. The car is solid. The doors close with a solid thunk. The interior of the Chevy Volt is well put together. Trim pieces, glove box doors and switches work great. Something I can't say about my Saturn.
Volt is the best car I have ever owned
I have always purchased American cars. I once owned a Volkswagen Fox station wagon. My first car was a 1967 Chevy Nova. I loved that car, but I will never go back. I will continue to purchase and own GM cars with the Voltec drivetrain and I may eventually move to a pure electric Bolt. Here, compare Chevy Volt vs Chevy Bolt. I have test driven them and the Bolt is a great car. Even if GM discontinues the Volt as has been reported, the Volt drivetrain will live on in a crossover vehicle or some other car. The sky's the limit.
GM here's my Chevy TV ad
My day starts. I leave my house and unplug my Volt. Its summer and my guess'o'meter shows 47 miles on the charge. I'm happily running errands. Stopping at the Grocery store. Going to the gas station for a Diet Coke. The clerk says, "are you getting gas today?" "No thanks" I say. Off to Walmart and then Home Depot with another stop at the gas station. The clerk says, "are you getting gas today?" Nope I say cruising electric.
My day cruising electric ends.
My day ends and I have reached a new milestone. For the first time I hit 51 miles on pure electric power. As I fall asleep on the couch my wife calls out to me, "honey did you plug in the car".