My Car Is Plugged In? The Future Is Here! #ChevyVolt

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My* car is sitting in the driveway with a cord leading to the garage and it’s… plugged in.  This morning, Sean said, “Honey, the car is charged.”  Not the phone… the car.  Yes, it’s weird.  Yes, it’s cool!

I’ve been driving the Chevy Volt for a few days now and love, love, love this car.  It has all the bells and whistles and more.  It may be “green” but it does not skimp on luxury.  Here are just a few of the “gee whiz” options on it.

  • OnStar  – I’ve seen the commercials, I’ve heard about OnStar, but this is the first time I’ve tried it.  And baby? I like it!  The first time I drove the Volt, I was taking Rosie to an eye doctor at a new Walmart store.  It’s so new that it wasn’t even listed on the Walmart web page, I had to call the number left on the appointment reminder to get an address.  Because I’m always late, I didn’t have time to figure out the navigation system and instead just hit the OnStar button.  Some lovely man named “Julian” answered and asked what I needed.  (Sweet!)  I told him I was going to the Walmart store at XXXX address.  He said he would help me and asked if I would hold a moment.  Of course, I did.  Then he came back and asked if I was sure of the address.  Wow, he actually checked to see if there was a Walmart at that address!  How cool is that?  I explained it was new and not on the website yet.  He said he would program the address into the nav system then and send it to my vehicle.  :)  Yup, I’m a grinnin’ fool!  How cool is that?  (I know I’m obnoxious saying that, but I can’t help it).
  • Bose stereo system.  I recently bought a Bose stereo at home and love it.  The one in this car is even better.  Music is so important to me.  The Chevy Volt has the best sound I’ve ever heard in a car.  I was jammin’ to the XM radio, checked an AM station for the weather.  Oh wait, I didn’t have to do that, the car will tell me!  When I pressed “Info”, I not only saw the current temperature, I could also get the long-range forecast.  How cool is that?  Sorry, had to say it again.

Analysis of the Fuel Efficiency of my Driving Style (rapid acceleration or excessive braking) and Climate Settings (using the fan uses more fuel)

This shows I used 100% battery powered electricity on this trip. Not a drop of gas, nada, zilch, zip!

  • Energy usage analysis.  I have to admit, I don’t quite understand all of it, but it looks good.  Seriously, there are graphs and dials – all kinds of reports that remind me of when I had a job (besides being a mom).  If you are into figuring out energy usage, there is enough info there to keep you busy for quite a while!
Curious about the “electric car”?  Read my Chevy Volt FAQ post here!
*It’s not really “my” car.  Chevrolet lent it to me for a week!
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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