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Charging up our Chevy Volt is as easy as plugging in your iPhone!

December 9th, 2012    Posted in About Chevy Volt, Getting Started with Volt, The Volt Experience
 

When we first got the Volt, I wasn’t sure what it would be like to be plugging the car in every time we returned home. Would it be a hassle or a nuisance? Would we sometimes forget or would it be in any way difficult? I also wondered if I needed to do anything special in my home to accommodate plugging in a car as opposed to any other device we have around the house. After living with this for a few months now I have to say it’s been a very easy and seamless process no more inconvenient than plugging in my cell phone (which happens every time I get home).

Before taking delivery of the car I did a little legwork to be sure we’d be ready when it arrived. Specifically I wanted to know if I had to do anything special to prepare our home for charging the car on a daily basis. I was happy to learn that I really had nothing to do at all. The car can easily be charged from a standard 120V household electric outlet. I’ve got eight of those in my garage so no problem. One recommendation was to check the outlet you expect to use for charging to be sure it is in good condition. If it looks old or in any way damaged it’s a good idea to replace it with a new commercial quality receptacle available from any home improvement store for less than $5. Another recommendation was to check the existing outlet to see if the electrician that installed it used the push-in style connections or the screw-down style. Apparently the screw-down style connection will give a more reliable connection for the best possible transfer of power. It all checked out for me and no changes were needed.

Charging the car is simple and only takes a moment to take care of each time we return home. Read more

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Finally! There is a brand new Chevy Volt sitting in my garage!

August 11th, 2012    Posted in The Volt Experience
 

Diecast Chevy Volt model in garage!

 

Ok, that’s not really our new Chevy Volt, not the one I will be able to sit in and drive anyway. It is brand new but it’s only a diecast model. I’ll admit I am getting a bit antsy waiting for our car to be delivered. We placed the order in early June and it’s been roughly 9 weeks waiting so far.

In the time that’s passed I’ve got the garage all ready for our new car. The electric is ready for charging, the floor is clean and all is in order. We just need a car now.

Getting the garage ready for the Volt wasn’t a difficult task but it did take a bit more than simply sweeping the floor. Experienced Volt owners over at GM-Volt.com suggested it’s best to replace the outlet we will use for charging. Nothing special, just a standard 110 volt outlet but a new and good quality outlet will assure an efficient connection between the car charger and the power source. Additionally I learned it’s best to charge the Volt from an electrical circuit which is not shared by other items that take a strong draw, such as a spare refrigerator or freezer that might be in the garage. No problem for us.

The good news is that our dealer tells us the car has reached Nashville, waiting for a full transport truck load to head our way! It should be here any day now!

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You’re putting a Chevy in your garage? Really?

June 28th, 2012    Posted in Getting Started with Volt
 

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Yeah, that is what a friend said to me recently when I mentioned we had decided to order a 2013 Chevy Volt. His surprise wasn’t entirely misplaced. This will be the 10th vehicle I have owned in my time and the very first GM product.

Now, I have never been a “GM vs. Mopar” kind of guy or even an “American vs. Imports” guy either. I will admit I’ve probably had a tendency to feel your shot at a quality product is usually found in something foreign. Maybe that comes from the era I grew up in, an era that saw most desirable advances coming from sources that weren’t American. At least that was always my impression. Short of muscle cars, if that is what you go for, it always seemed like what was needed most was best served from abroad. But, I’m no gearhead and someone will correct me on these points I’m sure.

In any case, when I started looking for a new solution to our old problem, the Chevy Volt stood out. In fact, I haven’t thought twice about whether the car was American or Import, GM or Ford. It’s really secondary. This car just seems like the perfect combination of “green” transportation with a sensible range extending solution.

And, it’s a Chevy… Volt.

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