Extended Range EV
The Chevrolet Volt hatchback sedan has an electric range of 53 miles and gets around 42 miles to the gallon, offering 420 miles of total range for those trips that can’t be done entirely on battery power. This is 1/3rd more power than the 2012 thru 2015 Volts.
Hybrid Cars says: "Uniquely, the car acts as a pure EV for all intents and purposes, but once its range – EPA-rated at 53 miles combined – runs out, it morphs into a 42 mpg hybrid able to be fueled at any gas pump. If you really did not want to, you could even choose not to plug it in. That of course would defeat the purpose, but the idea is it’s intended to be a flexible and user-friendly car, and that it is."
Volt's EV range, combined with its excellent gas range, puts it way ahead of the other "blended" plug-in hybrids trying to copy its successful formula. The Volt's EPA-rated range of 53 miles is 2nd among plug-ins only to the BMW i3 REx, but the Volt is considered far more convenient for long trips, as the Range-extended BMW requires more fuel stops – roughly one an hour.
Here's what Chevrolet recommends in terms of how you drive your Volt:
• Up to 53-mile battery range: The average daily commute is only about 40 miles round trip. That means Volt offers enough battery range to make it from home to work, with range to spare for errands in between.
• Up to 420 miles of total range with a full charge. Not sure if 53 miles is enough for your daily commute? Volt has a backup plan. If you go over 53 miles, Volt intuitively and seamlessly switches over to use gas as energy to extend your range, giving you the peace of mind to go hundreds of miles further.
• 1,100 miles between fill-ups: Chevy expects owners will drive over 1,100 miles between fill-ups by charging regularly. This means weekly stops at the gas station could be a thing of the past, giving you the confidence to go as far as you want.
Volt was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 2011 and Consumer Reports gives it yearly high rankings in its ownership satisfaction surveys. Volt offers an extended range mode. It seats 4 comfortably and has a 5th small seat on the hump in the back seat. Kelley Blue Book has given the Volt a 9.5 customer satisfaction rating. Its lithium-ion battery pack has an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty. As of 2017, Volt's reliability record has been spectacular. One driver reported accumulating 100,000 miles since 2012 – 300,000 in total since taking possession of the car, with no battery charge holding loss. The Volt's liquid-cooled battery has proven to be highly reliable.
All Volts come with power features; keyless ignition; automatic climate control, OnStar 4G LTE with a three-year subscription, a built-in wi-fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay on the infotainment home screen. You can remotely start your vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, even warm up your car while it’s charging with the tap of a finger. The available myChevrolet Mobile App™ lets you monitor charge status at any time, even when you’re not in your vehicle. You can find charging stations, view diagnostic information and set parking reminders from virtually anywhere.
Volt features 10 air bags and smart sensors designed to adjust frontal air bag inflation according to the severity of a crash. Using built-in sensors, available Automatic Crash Response can connect you to a specially-trained OnStar® Advisor immediately after a crash to help get you the care you need even if you can’t ask for it. Using Injury Severity Prediction technology, specially trained Advisors can notify first responders about the likelihood of serious injury so they can provide help right away. You can feel confident knowing you have a team, 24/7, to help get you the assistance you need. The 2018 Chevrolet Volt has been given TOP SAFETY PICK status by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In order for a vehicle to earn the TOP SAFETY PICK, it must earn scores of good in all five phases of crashworthiness testing and demonstrate advanced- or superior-quality collision mitigation technology. The 2018 Chevy Volt achieved this high bar, and it stands apart as being one of the safer vehicles in its class.
Forbes Magazine says: "Perhaps best of all, the Volt is a "real" car in every sense, though its electric motor makes it eerily quiet. It features a cleanly cast exterior design that eschews any "car of the future" styling excesses for a handsome overall look that blends in more than stands out in a crowded parking lot (something that can’t be said for a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i-MiEV). It borrows styling cues from the latest Chevy Cruze and Malibu sedans for brand familiarity and looks a bit more upscale overall.
The car’s interior is more attractive and functional than before, trading the original version's "Apple circa 2002 style" dashboard for a well-designed combination of intuitive analog buttons and dials and an easy-to-operate touchscreen display. The car retains a large electronic gauge cluster facing the driver, but it’s more efficiently and attractively designed than before. High-quality materials are used throughout for an upscale look and feel, with cool blue ambient lighting helping to set a subtle high-tech mood. The base 2017 Volt LT starts around $34,095 before any incentives, and a fully optioned Volt Premier can reach $40,000 or more. It qualifies for a $7,500 Federal income-tax credit, a $1,500 California purchase rebate, and various other state, local, and corporate incentives.
Chevrolet's Complete Care adds peace of mind and is included with all 2018 Chevrolet vehicles and includes:
• Two maintenance visits
• 8 years or 100,000 miles of battery and electric components coverage and Courtesy Transportation
• 5 years or 60,000 miles of 24-hour roadside assistance
• Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity, including 5 years of mobile app EV and Remote Key Fob commands
There are currently 4 primary incentives available to the California consumer that substantially lower the cost of buying or leasing an EV. CURRENT provides all the guidance or assistance you may need to apply for these incentives.