The Chevy Volt* is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there’s also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too. Hear what one proud Volt owner had to say about how the electric car fits his driving lifestyle.
Meet Ron Hipschman of California. “After seven months of driving my Volt, I have yet to get into a gas line,” says Hipschman. He says the farthest he’s driven on a single electric charge so far was about 50 miles, with most of that trip being on a freeway and taking place on a nice day when the temperature was about 70 degrees. “Perfect conditions for the battery,” he notes.
Because the Volt lets drivers pick the driving mode to match their driving style (normal, sport, and mountain modes), you’re truly in charge of the car’s performance when you’re behind the wheel. In addition, you’ll also learn how to get the most efficiency out of the vehicle by keeping an eye on the dashboard. “No jack-rabbit starts and stops, keeping tires properly inflated, and keeping the speed lower than most people on the freeway were always things I did. The Volt just makes it easier to see the effects,” he explains.
Not having to shell out hundreds of dollars to fuel up and smarter driving skills are great perks, but the Volt’s appeal goes beyond just the electric power, intuitive driving modes, and dashboard gadgets. There’s also the cool factor – think movie and superhero spy cars! “My neighbor is constantly surprised that I can ‘sneak up’ on her with the Volt when she is in her driveway, which is next to mine. This is a real stealth car!” says Hipschman.
He encourages prospective car buyers to check out the Volt for themselves to see if it’s a good fit. “Go take a test drive,” he says. “You’ll be sold.”
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