2013 Chevrolet Volt - 1000 mile ownership review
Yes, I’ve only owned this Volt a little over a week, but I’ve used it now in enough of a variety of situations to be able to share my opinion. For those that don’t know, this is only my second American made car ever and I normally prefer European and occasionally Japanese cars. In the past 6 years, I’ve owned 13 vehicles all across the board. This is the newest, lowest mileage and most expensive car I’ve purchased, and yet it will help me save money.
I have pretty high standards for how a vehicle should drive, and I’m impressed with the Volt. After test driving one, I knew I wouldn’t mind driving it with it’s instant torque, low CoG and the novelty of the different information that can be displayed, but I enjoy driving it a lot more than expected. This is the electric car for everyone - you don’t even have to think about it. Plug it in at night and every morning you’ll have a full charge for 37 miles of pure EV driving - even if only charging at 120V. Oh, you forgot to plug it in? You still have a fuel efficient (30-40mpg) hybrid with the smooth driving characteristics of an EV. Want to go on a road trip? Fine, just fill it up with gas every 300 miles and continue on. No mapping out your charges, no waiting for your car to charge. Just drive, and if you happen to stop near a charger - plug it in, or if your hotel or other spot allows, plug it in and you’ll start off your day with EV driving.
Now, even with what I said above about how this is an EV for someone that doesn’t want to think about having an EV - every time I get in this car I want to maximize the amount of EV miles I can do per charge (even though I don’t have to). I’m currently writing this at Hy-Vee while my car is charging for free. I just finished a slice of pizza and by the time I’m done grocery shopping I’ll have probably added 10 miles of charge (Volt doesn’t charge very quickly on 240v even with the small battery). Right now, my Fiat 500 Abarth is in need of an engine and I ordered a replacement yesterday. That car is loud, harsh, and obnoxious - things I enjoy for a weekend car, but now that I have the Volt, I don’t think I’ll enjoy