We had the opportunity to drive around a Chevy Volt for about a week. I can’t hide it. I love that car. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun driving or riding in a car.
In a nutshell, I basically want to tell you that:
a) the Chevy Volt is a smart, energy efficient, electric car.
b) the Chevy Volt is extremely environmentally friendly
c) if you have any kind of regular, lengthy commute – highly consider checking out a Chevy Volt.
I put together this fancy-schmancy slideshow of my time with Ms. Volt (that’s what I named her). Check it out and then afterward, check out the quick video I made showcasing some of her features.
So, since you’ve looked through the photos and watched the video I made (right?), you can see how slick the Chevy Volt is, inside and out. Appearance-wise, well, she’s definitely got that going for her.
Just about 230-240 miles is a pretty good guesstimate of the amount of miles we put on the vehicle over eight days. The car was delivered to us with a full tank of gas and we never had to fill up while we had it. Each night, we charged the Volt overnight in our garage, so it had a full charge the next day. We just used the standard power cord at 120 volts to charge it. You can also charge it at 240 volts (for a shorter charging period).
In my family, we average a good 230 miles per week, so for us, the Chevy Volt makes complete sense. For the amount we travel in and around the Chicagoland area, including the occasional trips further out of town or out of state, this car would ultimately save us money. It’s not a cheap car by any means, however, I believe that when you purchase a Chevy Volt, you immediately receive a $7,500 tax credit. That brings the cost of the car down to around $31,000. I did not sit down and calculate how much the cost in electricity would be to charge the car on a nightly basis. Yeah, it’s a huge chunk of change but I still believe it’s absolutely worth the purchase price and the commitment to helping the environment.
In my video, I said that it’s like a “new way of driving”. What I mean by that is, the information you get from the car’s computer is so detailed, you have no choice but to start thinking about the way you drive and how efficiently you use energy. We really liked the way the information about our driving habits was broken down for us.
Such a smart car. She’s also definitely got that going for her.
Ok, I’ll admit it. I secretly wanted to stop at a gas station and use their bathroom while I had the car. I even sort of hoped that the drive-thru baristas at my favorite coffee joint would lean out the window a bit and ask me all about her. Ah, maybe next time. I did have the opportunity to chat with a whole bunch of people about the car and just how fantastic I think it is…and now…you.
Treat yourself to a test drive in a Chevy Volt. It’s good to have an idea of how advanced the technology in cars has become.