FAQs – The New Electric Car from Chevrolet – #ChevyVolt

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**jumping up and down**  SQUEEEE!!!

I’m reviewing a new Chevy Volt and I’m so excited!!  I’ve been driving it for two days now and I’m in love.  Wow, is this a cool car!  My favorite thing about it is how smooth it drives.  And the luxury.  And the way it looks.  *sigh* There is lots to love!

My best advice for moms who drive a Chevy Volt?  Wear your makeup and do your hair when you drive a new Chevy Volt.  Heads will turn and you will get lots of attention in this hot new car!  I was going down the highway and thinking, “Did I forget to close the hatch?”  “Did I accidentally turn on the hazard lights?”  “Why is everyone looking at the car?”  Aha.  My own little aha moment.  It’s a hot looking car!  And it’s new.  And there’s lots of buzz about it.

I’m not going to be an expert on the fuel efficiency or the cost analysis.  I don’t quite get how they calculate the MPG with the electricity usage.  I’ll try to learn as much as I can and pass it on but for truly technical questions, best to ask a dealer.  To start, here are a few FAQs about the Volt.  I’ll have more pictures and posts this week… stay tuned!

Q:  How is the Chevy Volt different from hybrids that have been out for years?

A:  The hybrids, like the Prius, have a small electric motor that operates the car at low speeds and then they switch over to a gas engine for faster speeds and acceleration.  In any normal driving, the hybrids switch from electric to gas.  The Volt, uses only electricity to run the engine.  The gas powered machine in a Volt is actually a generator that charges the battery.

Q:  What happens if you’re driving and the battery charge runs down?  Are you stranded?

A:  The Volt has a gas-powered generator that will recharge the battery when it gets low and keep you going.  The range of the Volt is 369 to 394 miles.  The electricity stored in the battery from overnight home charging will run the car for 25 to 50 miles depending on conditions such as temperature, driving style and terrain.  The gas tank holds 9.3 gallons which will fuel the generator for 344 miles giving the Volt a total range of 369 to 394.

Q:  How much does it cost?

A:   The Volt (depending on what options you choose) costs $41,000, $33,500 after a $7500 tax credit. It may be leased for $350 per month for 36 months, 12,000 miles.

Disclosure: All opinions included in this post are my own, unless otherwise stated. In accordance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing a material connection because I received use of a vehicle for a week in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. 


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    So glad you’re enjoying the Volt, Kelly! I probably should have forewarned you: yes, you’ll get LOTS of stares, attention and questions when you drive that vehicle. We hear about that all the time, and we LOVE it!
    If you happen to get any questions you can’t answer, feel free to tweet me and I’ll try to get you a response ASAP.
    Meantime, soak it up and happy electric motoring!

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