Our Volt, #644, just turned one year old (plus a little bit). It currently has 17,000 miles on it. Twelve thousand six hundred of those miles are total electric. The generator only runs on long trips....
Our Volt, #644, just turned one year old (plus a little bit). It currently has 17,000 miles on it. Twelve thousand six hundred of those miles are total electric. The generator only runs on long trips.
Since the Volt is actually a battery electric vehicle that includes an on-board generator to supply electric power to the motor when the battery charge is below a specified level, I would call the Volt a Transition Vehicle. Eventually, charging stations will be as plentiful as gas stations. At that point the generator would not be needed.
After following the Volt’s progress since its concept announcement in 2007 and including a prototype test-drive in 2010, we had extremely high expectations; yet, our inflated expectations have all been exceeded.
My greatest disappointment is GM’s marketing. Thus far, I have never seen any commercial that truly communicates the Volts strengths that we have experienced within our first year. Most of the published specifications are too conservative. For example, the 0-60 acceleration specification is nine seconds. I have stopwatch tested our Volt at seven seconds (in sport mode). Two tests were conducted in both directions on the same street with the same results. During an ice storm, my wife decided to take the Volt to an empty parking lot and do some spinouts. No matter how hard she tried, she could not make the car lose control – even on solid ice. While that spoiled her fun, we are impressed that we have never experienced any vehicle with that level of stability.
Being a “gear head” engineering type, I am drawn to the Volts design. I have spent hours under the hood and under the car examining every element of the car, and it is a true engineering marvel. Every instance where I see something that appears to be a design flaw, further investigation reveals an ingenious well thought out purpose.
We were a little worried about losing cargo capacity when replacing our Ford Explorer with the Volt. That worry, however has diminished after easily hauling over eight hundred pounds of landscaping rock and stone in the back of our Volt! – Repeatedly.
We get lots of questions about the Volt in shopping center parking lots and sometimes even at traffic lights. Of all the questions asked, the hardest one that leaves us stumped is, “what are the cons?” Any cons we can think of are all very petty. For example; since I am an engineer type, I would like to see more real-time technical data, such as motor volts, amps, kilowatts, etc.
We could not be more proud to be a part of, and the actual owners of one of the world’s greatest inventions. This one is a definite keeper.