Weekend Ramblings - 2011 Chevrolet Volt Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Volt: Weekend Ramblings

January 18, 2012

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I had the Volt last weekend, and tried to treat it the way a Volt owner would. Meaning, plugging it in to re-charge in my garage after even just short trips. The goal here is to remain on battery power as much as possible without tapping into the gasoline reserves.

Since I live 65 miles from work, I obviously ran it out of juice on the way home as well as when I drove back to the office after the weekend was over. I also took it to go hiking on the San Juan Trail off the Ortega Highway (74), about a 40-minute drive each way, so I clearly ran out of battery power that day too.

But that was about it. I plugged it in six times over the weekend, charging it even if the battery wasn't empty. It charges quickly.

In general, the Volt is easy to live with, and it's kinda fun that it's such a rarity out on the road (although I did see one other Volter while I was out electrifying around--she ignored me). People are definitely intrigued by it. Acceleration, something I care about, is adequate from a stop.

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I still get annoyed by the Volt's super-low front airdam (flexible as it may be), which scrapes dramatically every time I pull in and out of my garage, over speed bumps, business entrances, well, pretty much everything. The road to the San Juan trailhead has about a quarter-mile-long marginally rough dirt section, and even though I drove extra slowly, the silly airdam still touched down several times on the way in and out.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 14,289 miles.

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