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A SPORTY AND STYLISH GAME CHANGER
By marclee on
Vehicle2011 Chevrolet Volt 4dr Hatchback (gas/electric hybrid DD)
ReviewWhen I first read that GM was coming out with an EV and that it would only get 40 miles per charge and then use a gas engine generator after that I was very disappointed. I thought why bother? After all I had built a BEV in 2001 that had a 70 mile range. But as I continued to read about the Volt and think about what GM was trying to do with it, I realized this was an absolute brilliant interim solution to the current EV catch-22. Batteries are too expensive and performance too limited to make a pure EV viable, a pure EV won’t be viable until batteries are cheaper and performance is better. GM’s solution was to put just enough batteries to cover the daily commute of 80% of the people.
Best FeaturesIn hindsight this may seem obvious, but Nissan doesn’t get it, nor does Ford. They are both building battery only EVs. And while I applaud their efforts I know for me a vehicle which only gets 100 miles and then has to sit for hours and hours to recharge simply will not cut it. I bought the Volt from a dealer 175 miles from my house. I could not have done that with the Leaf or the upcoming Ford Focus EV. I bought the Volt thinking that it would allow me to do the majority of my driving on electricity. That it has done. With 700+ miles now my lifetime MPG is at 128. Excluding the 175 drive home from the dealer I have driven close to 700 miles and used just 0.5 gallons.
Worst FeaturesAfter the $7500 tax credit the Volt cost me $37k. At this point many people point out that they can get a Prius for 23k, but the reality is that a Prius comparably equipped to the Volt is $33k to $34k, so I am paying a ~$3500 premium to the Prius. I think the fuel savings alone more than justify that premium. From the pictures of the Volt I was not expecting a very stylish car. I was thinking more along the lines of the Prius. In person I was pleasantly surprised to find the Volt is very stylish with plenty of pickup. This is my first GM product and I am very happy with how the car is performing.
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