2011 Chevrolet Volt: Stay-At-Home Parent: Errand Test
September 21, 2011
As I noted on Monday, I've got the Volt all this week and next week and am trying to drive it as if I owned it and was a stay-at-home parent. With a lot of short trips and easy access to at-home charging, I'm playing to the Volt's strengths here. But it's also interesting to me to see how it does.
So far, it's all been quite positive (ha!). With a conservative driving style, I've been able to go about 40 miles on a charge, and 40 has so far proved to be plenty. Even if I've done multiple trips in a day, I've always brought the Volt back home at some point, and that means I've been able to hook the Volt up to the charger to top off (or at least have the option to). For errand running situations, it'd be pretty hard not to stay on full electric continually in my opinion.
Besides the power issue, the Volt also works pretty well as an urban runabout. It's quiet, comfortable and has a trunk that's big enough to handle most daily items.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor