It's no secret that our family is a GM family. But I've never been so proud/excited to own a GM vehicle than I am now...for you see, we're now the proud owners of a Chevy Volt. Yes, a Volt, as in an electric car. And it's so darn cool.
My husband has been eyeing the Volt since it launched a few years ago, but never in my wildest dreams did I think we'd own one. The sequence of events happened quickly (as my husband was able to snag a great deal on our Volt which had only 118 miles when we bought it) and last weekend, we drove our Crimson Volt home.
While my husband could explain how the Volt works in much greater detail, essentially I plug my car into a regular 110 volt outlet whenever I'm home and charge the car's battery with electricty. When the battery is fully charged (it takes 8 hours to fully charge and empty battery) I am able to drive 40 miles without having to use one drop of gas. That's right...NO GAS on my regular daily commute. And if I have to drive more than 40 miles on one charge, it automatically switches to the gas powered engine seamlessly. I don't have to do a thing...just enjoy the 35-40 miles per gallon mileage.
We've had a lot of fun exploring all the cool features of our new family car. It's fun to watch the screen that shows where the power is coming from while we're driving (when I coast or break, the energy is captured back into the battery...in essence recharging itself while I'm driving). And it pretty cool to see the lifetime MPG increase more and more as I drive it on the battery.
And did I mention it's quite? So quiet in fact that if you're standing outside the car when it's on, you cannot hear anything.
I can honestly say that the Volt is by far, my favorite GM car to own/drive...ever.
Now who wants a test drive ? ;)