I was so intrigued with the fuel efficiency and technology of the Chevy Volt, that on September 4, 2012 I decided to purchase a 2012 Chevrolet Volt as a commuter car to the dealership. As of the date that we started documenting this, the Volt has 1237 miles on it, and I had used just 4.4 gallons of gas. Compare that to my SUV which would have probably used over 85 gallons.
I decided to create this page for anyone who currently owns a Chevy Volt, or for anyone interested in the driving experience coming from someone who personally owns and drives one every day.
My goal is to take this page and use it to document my travels and experience in the Volt. If you have questions, please send them to email@example.com. I will post the questions to this page and attempt to answer to the best of my ability.
I hope this sheds some light on these amazing vehicles, and I look forward to your feedback.
- Bobby Knapp
Here are some fun facts about the Volt:• Initially seen in concept form back in 2007, the Chevrolet Volt is the industry's first extended-range electric vehicle.
• The technology of the Volt is that electricity powers and drives the vehicle 100% of the time. A common confusion is that the vehicle switches to the gas engine after 40 miles of electric power. This is a common misconception. The vehicle's engine actually acts as a generator to power the electric motor even after the initial electric charge is depleted.• The Chevy Volt is not a conventional hybrid. The Volt was the first vehicle fitted with an internal combustion/electric combo pack in which the wheels are always primarily and almost exclusively powered by its electric motor.
• The Chevy Volt comes with a standard 120V on-board recharger cord that can top off a fully-depleted battery pack in about ten hours using a conventional electrical outlet. However, you can also install an optional 240V hard-wired home unit that cuts the interval to as low as four hours for a complete recharge.
• The electricity cost associated with charging a fully depleted battery is less than one dollar per charge.
• The battery of the Chevy Volt is a Lithium-Ion battery which, to most of us, means nothing. Two interesting facts about the battery - 1) it never gets 100% depleted, and 2) a Lithium-Ion battery is used and can be recharged at any level without damaging the life of the battery. Meaning, if you recharge it when the battery life is half empty, recharging does not affect the life span or charge capacity of the battery.
• Average fuel economy of over 250 MPG.
• Chevy Volt owners get access to exclusive content on MyVolt.com
• Every New Chevy Volt purchased comes with a free three year subscription to OnStar which includes the 'Safe and Sound' and 'Directions and Connections' plans. This means you get free remote diagnostics checks, concierge navigation service and monthly diagnostics notifications sent directly to your e-mail. The monthly diagnostics includes the status of tire pressures, oil level, transmission condition, required maintenance and recall information.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about the Chevy Volt:
What is the driving range of the Chevy Volt?
With a full charge, the battery alone will last for about 40 miles; but couple that with the gas engine that drives the generator, and the actual range becomes about 350 miles.
What happens when the battery is depleted? Will I be stranded on the side of the road?
No, the gasoline engine automatically kicks in to power the generator when the battery reaches a low charge. It wouldn't be nearly as efficient, but it is possible to drive the Chevy Volt without ever charging the battery. Running just on the gas engine, you'd still get up to 35 MPG (still better than most other vehicles on the road today).
I've heard that California has special privileges for Volt's using the HOV lanes. Is that something that's being considered here?
That is something we'd like to bring to Texas as well. If you have any ideas on on what you'd like to see or how you think we should approach TXDOT, we'd love to hear from you. Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any tax credits available for buying a Volt?
Well, we're not accountants, but you could be eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit.
If you run on the battery all the time, isn't it harmful to the gasoline engine since it just sits there doing nothing?
Chevy engineers took care of that. After so many hours of "battery only" time, a message will display like this indicating that your Chevy Volt will perform engine maintenance by running the gas engine for ten minutes.
Since the Volt uses a keyless start, what happens it the battery in my key fob dies?
No sweat! Simply open the storage compartment on the top of the dashboard, lift the rubber insert, and insert the key that's built into the fob in the magic hole and you're back in business.