Pros Super Gas Mileage
Great Driving Experience
My Smart Phone OnStar App
Cons Need.... More.... Charging... stations.....
Pedestrians literally walk into my car (parking lots)
Summary This car is the best possible car for me right now. My one-way commute to the office is 8 miles. With the 40 Mile all electric range I rarely kick the gas engine in. That being said I have the flexibility to go unlimited miles if I need to - Brilliant!UPDATE IN RESPONSE TO BRUCESLOG -
I have had a couple of 100+ mile days and stayed over 40MPG during the gas portion of my trip. How do I know? The cars interface reports on EVERYTHING! MPKwh, MPG, Tire pressure, Oil Life. I'm surprised it doesn't report on methane levels when I fart.
The car is quiet... too quiet. I have to be super careful backing out of parking spots. People walking and texting beware, you will literally walk into my car and wonder why.
My favorite feature: The OnStar App. OnStar comes with the car for free for the first three years and that is the entire life of the lease that I have. I live in the desert and one of the coolest (literally) things is that I can turn on my air conditioner from the app. So when I ask for the check at a restaurant, hit the cash register at a store or when I shut my computer off from my office I turn on the A/C and I have a completely cool car when I get to the parking lot. Hot cabin days are over.
In my first 6 weeks I would have used Zero gas if there were public charging stations for me to use. The infrastructure to support these vehicles is still decades away. That being said I just use the 120V charger that came with the car because the car is in the garage 8 hours every night and I don't need a fast charge at home.
The car that I replaced was getting about 24 MPG. In my first 6 weeks I have saved 50 Gallons of gasoline which is about $200 in expense. I did spend about $50 in electricity to charge the car during that time (local rate .109 per kwh) so a net $150 savings for me. My car payment is about $50 more than my previous car so I am saving about $75 per month net. Not bad.
I would love to see more cars get the "Voltec" drive train. Maybe a small pickup next and then some smaller cars. If every American could drive the first 40 Miles of the Day on Electric we could Fire OPEC and stop sending our moneya and our military to the Middle East. And it would potentially save us $7 Billion a year in Foreign Tax credits and subsidies to impoverished companies like Exxon/Mobil. - sorry for the editorial on a car review... but for me that was part of the equation in selecting a Volt.
Updated on Jun 18, 2012
It's can be HOT where I live and surprisingly very cold. The AC runs off of the Battery and it does suck some of the mileage efficiency but not as much as you may think. I probably see a 10% reduction. The good news is there are several cooling option from Fan Only to ECO to COMFORT. Today I had a guest riding with me in the car and we did an around town road trip... as a gracious host I put it in Comfort mode but normally ECO is cool enough for me.
Heating, is a little different. When it is particularly cold the Gas Engine will flip on just to heat the cabin. All Volts have heated seat though and this is intended to keep your tookus warm without having to blast the heater. For those that have to deal with snow regularly they will most likely have the heater boost from the gas engine.
Pros 400 mile range
Low cost of ownership
Room for hauling with seats down
Cons Back-up camera hard to see
Cluttered console (you get used to it, though)
Parking brake switch doesn't like to disengage
Summary Best car I've owned, including Acuras.
Pros Smooth, quiet all electric drive train. Instant torque and acceleration. No range anxiety with the gas generator. Great features and usability. Quoted electric range is easily beaten in real life. I average 40-45 miles per charge.
Cons Materials in the interior could be a little better, particularly in the back seat. It would be nice if GM made software upgrades available to existing models.
Summary I've owned mine for over two months and still have 4.5 gallons of the dealer's gas in the tank. Anyone who compares it to a Cruze or other econo car has clearly never driven one. This is to a Cruze as a Volvo S40 is to a Ford Focus or a Lexus EX is to a Camry. I've never enjoyed driving a car this much and there is nothing like going two months and counting without visiting a gas station.
Pros -quiet, smooth acceleration (no gear shifting)
-1 gal of gas in 560 miles
-CA electric grid at 26% renewable
Cons -price tag
-low air dam
-stereo sound a bit tinny
-black roof absorbs too much heat
Summary Re: carbon emissions, know where your state energy comes from. Carbon emissions greatest for coal, followed by oil, and then natural gas. That said, electricity is domestically produced, coal or otherwise.
-CA electric grid data (71% in-state generation):
-Note that it takes approx 13 kWh electricity to extract and refine a gallon of gas, which provides approx 35 kWh of energy (typical ICE has 20-25% efficiency, most energy dissipated as heat)
Pros Incredible blend of performance, environment and energy security. Quiet, powerful, attractive, excellent braking and fun to drive. Insurance policy against $8 gas and the next round of gas shortages.
Cons Console controls and braking modulation take some getting used to. EV technology is still expensive, like the first flat-screen TVs. Extended-range EV concept is difficult for the general public -- and some CNET reviewers -- to fully understand.
Summary What a rush! Value is in the eye of the beholder, but driving is believing. Talk to any Volt owner, and they will tell you how much they are in love with this advanced-technology car.
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