2014 Chevy Volt - The first charge at home

The 2014 Volt

2014 Chevy Volt

Volt charging on solar energy The 2014 Chevy Volt has about a 42 mile range on its EV battery, but it also has a gasoline (premium fuel) generator that can be used to seamlessly recharge the battery as you drive.  So your range is, in effect, as ‘unlimited’ as a gasoline powered car.    However, 42 or so miles, depends on the way you drive, just like with any EV.  I have gotten 50 miles out of it.  With recharging, it has the ability to drive 100% of the time as an EV.

volt dash show full chargeThe Volt should be thought of as an EV with a built-in power generator.  I think the goal of a Volt owner should be to use power the gasoline this way 1) a backup so you feel you can push the car to its battery limits    and  2) a long-distance car for vacations.   That is our thinking, now that we have no ‘normal’ vehicles.

The spec sheet says it gets 35 kW-hrs per 100 miles, with a specified average range of 35 EV miles.

We got our 2014 Volt Sunday, December 29, 2013.  We have a 3 year, 36,000 mile lease for $309 per month, with a trade and $2000 down.

Here is the actual window sticker form our 2014 Volt:

The actual window sticker from our 2014 Volt