The Chevy Volt: The Belt and Suspenders of the Automotive World


| 8/11/2017 11:23:00 AM


In this guest series, former hot-rodder and mechanical engineer David Borden offers advice for first-time electric-vehicle drivers by reviewing the 2017 Chevy Volt Premier. Watch the Green Transportation Blog for David’s additional notes.

In keeping with my cautious and frugal Yankee heritage and senior status, I am slowly transitioning to a single car. As an interim step, I bought a 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier with two optional safety and convenience packages, and these are my initial impressions.

I would have liked to have made the change directly to a single fully-electric vehicle, but the limited number of charging stations available today, and the time required to recharge, meant compromises were in order. The majority of my trips are urban short-haul in nature, but I still need the occasional run across several states to visit friends and family, so jumping to total electric power was not prudent. I needed range which was not limited by the current availability of plug-in recharging stations.

The Volt met that criterion: As long as the propulsion battery is charged, it will function as an electric car — for a guaranteed 53 miles — and then transition to a gasoline-powered hybrid, using the propulsion battery as an energy buffer. With that capability, range is extended by several hundred miles and only limited by the availability of gasoline, hence the Chevrolet name for the IC Engine, “Range Extender”.



Advice for First-Time Electric Vehicle Drivers

If you haven’t driven an Electric Vehicle (EV) before, it is a new experience. Different, but similar enough so that transition from a “normal” car is easy. There is no key; slip the fob provided into your pocket, slide behind the wheel, buckle up, and “boot-up” the computer …

SP
5/12/2019 8:31:09 PM

Pretty nice of Tmother oearth news to put out an advertisement for the Chevy Volt. To those that can afford $33,000 for a Volt, or whatever price for some other electric car, congratulations. However, even if I could afford one, I wouldn't even look. I need a truck, and when someone does come out with an electric truck, I won't be able to afford that either. So I'll continue to drive my 2001 Ford F150 until it dies, then I'll buy another used truck, and continue to burn more gas.


adowney1
8/19/2017 3:17:17 PM

Also have a 2017 Volt Premier. Am retired. Have driven 6,000 miles over 8 months of local driving. I still have 2 gallons of gas in the tank from when I bought the car from the dealer! Am not a "tree hugger", just a common sense person (I have a rooftop solar system because is saves money) . I've probably owned / driven 30 cars over my lifetime. The Volt is the easily the best of them all. Per Chevy 80% +/- of Volt owners charge using 120 volts.


adowney1
8/19/2017 3:17:08 PM

Also have a 2017 Volt Premier. Am retired. Have driven 6,000 miles over 8 months of local driving. I still have 2 gallons of gas in the tank from when I bought the car from the dealer! Am not a "tree hugger", just a common sense person (I have a rooftop solar system because is saves money) . I've probably owned / driven 30 cars over my lifetime. The Volt is the easily the best of them all. Per Chevy 80% +/- of Volt owners charge using 120 volts.




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