Why the Volt?
The 2011 Chevy Volt. An all new green driving machine. The Volt can go 40 miles (at any speed up to 100) without using a penny worth of gas and it has an extended range of 300 mile off of its gas. This is a hybrid you say? NO! A hybrid is a car that uses electricity and gas simultaneously. Plus, according to ABC News, the average Americans commute is about 16 miles. make that a two way trip and you use 32 miles out of your 40. That leaves 8 miles after you commute! Some of those who don’t drive much could get live entirely off the grid. you may never have to buy gas again. The volt also has very fast charging. At three hours (240W circuit) , the cars charging time is unbeatable. If you do not want to pay for a 240W charging station, then the charging time will be bumped up to 10-12 hours. This is still really good. Another amazing feature of the car is that it has 3 charging modes. The first is the standard plug-it-in and charge. The second is called the time of day charging which allow the owner to put in the departure time and the car will choose the best times to charge it. The third and coolest charging mode is the rate based charging. You tell the car when you want to leave and it will choose the best electricity rates to charge it at. This third charging method can be done from the car but now, it can also be done from a mobile device.The mobile device can also control the car in other ways. It can unlock and lock the car. In addition to this, it can honk the horn and remotely start the vehicle! This mobile device feature doesn’t even have a range! It just goes over the network.
Going on to the driving, the car has plenty of room and is very quiet. Inside the car, you have different modes of driving. One is mountain mode. Mountain mode is created so that you can climb hills without use more energy. What you would do is you would put the car in mountain mode some distance from the hill and the battery will charge itself. Then when it gets to the hill, it uses that built-up power instead of using extra power to go on that hill. Another feature of the car is its brakes. The brakes work individually as work together! This makes a huge difference in turning,braking and it feels a lot safer. One of the other things you will notice is that the switch from electric to gas is absolutely seamless. You can not feel the change.The Volt has a 0-60 of 8.53 seconds. The car has a about a 140 horsepower. It has 260 lbs. of torque. For an electric car, that is amazing!
There is no car like the Volt, there might be some competition from the Nissan Leaf. The Nissan Leaf has a range of 100 miles on charge but the Volt only has 40 miles on charge. However, the Volt has 300 miles of extended range while the Leaf doesn’t have any extended range. The Volt goes 10 miles faster than the Leaf. The Volt goes 100 mph. In addition to this, the Nissan is a lot cheaper than the Volt at 32,000.
Is It Actually Greener?Many say that the Volt is not any greener than another car. The argument: People say that just because it uses electricity doesn’t mean it is any greener. This is because the electricity in the U.S. is created a lot by burning coal. This is not very “green” because we do not have the technology to burn coal cleanly. However, EV’s might not zero- emissions but it still comes out ahead of the gas-guzzlers.
At a hefty price of 41,000 dollars (33,500 with federal tax credits), this car is out of reach for many. But to those who can afford it, it definitely might be worth it. If you are just dieing to get the Volt and it is ,sadly, out of you budget , don’t worry. Chevy has created a leasing deal. The price is 350 a month but with a down payment of 2,500 dollars. This may still seem like daunting figures but in the long run, it could definitely a good investment.
- ABC News