Archive for the ‘Getting Started with Volt’ Category
No I have never considered myself to be a Gearhead but I do like nice wheels. I’ve always felt that almost any car can look great if you put a nice set of wheels on it. So, naturally that is one thing I am changing on our (yet-to-arrive) Chevy Volt. The stock wheel options look nice, but we can do better and of course as they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
Enter Tire Rack! I’ve used Tire Rack many times in the past and every experience is first rate. The beauty of Tire Rack is that you can search for wheels and tires using a lengthy list of criteria. First and most important is that you can save your specific car in their site and then search for wheels or tires which will fit that exact vehicle. Very helpful!
Since the focus of our new Volt is efficiency, the next criteria I was interested in was wheel weight. The less weight the car has to push, especially in the wheels, the better for attaining optimum EV range. Read more
Ok, good question. Why the Chevy Volt and not one of the competitors be they hybrid, full plug-in electric or just a good old fashioned economy car that gets great gas mileage and costs a lot less…
We did a lot of talking and thinking on this very question and here is how we wound up jumping on the Chevy Volt bandwagon. Let’s consider them one at a time. But first I should qualify our thinking by being clear, we were looking to move from our older and not-so-efficient sedan to something more economical to run. We aren’t looking for a muscle car, heavy hauler or seating for eight. Also, it is no small factor that we wanted to set a good example for our young boys with thinking green and caring for the planet we live on.
Ok so, after talking about it a lot and considering a variety of “green” options for a new car, we finally decided to go and put our butts in the seat of a Chevy Volt. It would be myself, by wife and my two boys (ages 6 & 8yrs). We all had our own reasons for the test drive experience so it would be interesting to see how it would all play out in the end.
For me, I wanted to see if what I was reading online was true. I’ve seen some say it is a car worthy of a “higher end” marque in the GM lineup. Comments suggest it handles well and feels solid for the driver. For my wife, she’s thinking light weight tin box economy car. Her questions going in are along the lines of “How delicate is the car? Will its battery lose a charge just sitting for a couple of days? Will daily driver use be too hard on the car?”. And for the boys? They just want to know if it’s cool and fun to ride around in.
First off, getting in the car and rolling off for a test drive did require a brief tutorial from the dealer’s EV specialist. Not overwhelming mind you, but it is different than turning the key on the average car and dropping it in gear. Read more