Extended Range EV
The 2017 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."
Now in its 7th model year, 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.
Volt was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year in 2011 and Consumer Reports gives it yearly high rankings in its ownership satisfaction surveys. The 2017 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. 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 $34,000 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.
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.