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Review: 2012 Chevy Volt, Part 1: initial thoughts

GasBuddy Blog -- This is part 1 of a two part series covering my time with a Chevy Volt. Behind the movement: the electric/gas Chevy Volt: initial thoughts.

I've never been in an electric car, never have I experienced it, nor understood the culture around it, but now that I've driven a Chevy Volt- I love it, and everything about it.

Forgive the giddiness and drool here, but please understand, having driven perhaps hundreds of thousands of miles so far in my life, not a single one of them was using electricity as a power source. This was a first for me, as it likely would be many Americans.

As Chevy dropped the vehicle off, I admit, at first, I immediately became very anxious about the thought of using electricity or recharging...


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Submitted Jul 27, 2012 By: PD
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NedW
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 2:37:29 AM

No range, no EVS.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 4:44:22 AM

bruce: ppl in today's world are oblivious to ANYthing around them. Too focused on yacking or texting while walking.
bruceha2000
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 5:28:04 AM

You can "sneak up" on people when a gas engine is running as well. I've found that people walking through parking lots are stupidly unaware of whatever is behind them. This is true when my Prius is running on electricity and when it is running on gas.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 4:43:20 AM

I agree w/ hank. Drop the price and more importantly, increase range so that those living in rural areas can safely commute back and forth w/out worries (or w/out the added fuel system to barely make it home).
hank1326
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 10:16:47 AM

Lower the cost and increase the range.
RevDrCBJ
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:39:07 AM

Will wait until there are more electric outlets for the car. Who do you call when you run out of power? IS someone going to bring you a battery?
rtw777
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:20:52 AM

Just don't go to far.
tomok
Champion Author Portland

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:18:00 AM

My vehicle runs good, its paid for, gets decent MPG and I will Not be replacing it with anything else! It does Not matter what Brand or Model it is, EV's and Inbreds are too high priced for me. With the high price of purchasing a new EV or Inbred, I will drive my current vehicle into the ground before buying anything new, used, EV, Inbred, diesel, hydrogen, alternative fuel, CNG, concept or a Chevy Volt.
With Barry's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, who can afford to buy an EV or Inbred. Barry can sure spin the jobs numbers so they look much better than what they really are, he's a smooth talker if there ever was one!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money. Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012
TAT36
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:16:37 AM

Even on the second day it sounds like a commercial for Government motor. not every one has a car dropped off to them by a manufacturer unless that company is pretty sure the reviews will be good and the person will be thrilled with the product. I think I saw the same commercial on T.V. the other night, why she had not put gas in her Volt for a year. So much for unbiased reporting but space needed filled for a couple of days.
FocusST2
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:12:08 AM

Yawn. Where's part 2?
Gas_Buzzer
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:11:01 AM

I propose the imbecile Barry "Big Ears" (Big Liar) Hussein Obammie travel EXCLUSIVELY in a Chevy Volt EVERYWHERE he travels and park Air Force 1 ! ! !
throttle
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:03:33 AM

Puff piece. I'll go with unbiased sources like Consumer Reports.
pepinoNC
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:02:56 AM

If you don't like the Volt then don't buy it.
WES03
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:02:44 AM

The market place will decide inspite of govt. intervention.
44Irish
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:00:27 AM

Still too much
Gascapade
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 7:00:17 AM

If GM had shot for an affordable/competitive price point thiis would have taken off......
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:58:20 AM

They will die away.
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:58:02 AM

the marketplace must (and should) decide if this idea will succeed.
calripken_8
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:57:45 AM

How much did Government Motors pay for this 'drooling' article?
quasar502
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:57:11 AM

I would love to drive it but still can't afford it.
tribill
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:56:41 AM

Whatever.....
bozo
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:54:33 AM

non-starter.
topcat1992
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:54:08 AM

Not now or in the future would I ever own an EV regardless of the hype!
rollercoaster
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:52:53 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:52:23 AM

try it for free or yr $$$ refunded...ha Mopar tried that gimmick too!
GM= Guatemala Motors!
sailfreeMI
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:52:06 AM

Paying $40,000 for a $18,000 vehicle? $22,000 will buy an awful lot of gas.
tbgasmizer
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:51:28 AM

Repost
curlypooh
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:50:37 AM

Too expensive. Anyone can see that without a money grabbing gov't study :(
dinomen
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:49:59 AM

I'll pass.
OldMan322
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:49:56 AM

Maybe nice to drive, but too high a price
liao
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:49:20 AM

Not affordable.
gabbygusIN
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:47:27 AM

Overpriced Government Motors VOLT is not for me!!
rbrowdersr
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:46:54 AM

I'm still not ready for one.
regout
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:46:40 AM

Good for him.
BigZ1959
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:45:44 AM

zap
Marson
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:45:09 AM

Old News
SpruceGuse2
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:44:10 AM

Great little car.....................
snarkysmarko
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:43:25 AM

You just like it because it's a new car.
sent4456
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:43:07 AM

Me too.
I will keep my old car as well.
Elaine4411
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:41:24 AM

I'll keep my old car...
bsmerl
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:41:04 AM

not for me...yet
GasPriceHelp4u
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:40:10 AM

Cheap crap and too high a price!!! It will backfire!!!
FieroGT
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:40:06 AM

It is small and way over priced.
Banjoe
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:39:19 AM

It would be nice if this becomes a viable option. Looks like they continue to move towards a workable platform and I wish them well.
bababooey2
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:38:29 AM

I would not buy one.
NDQ
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:38:11 AM

ok
cardjcsk
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:36:56 AM

Not for me
mediccoy
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:35:18 AM

Next lifetime....maybe!
jh1552
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:34:12 AM

ok
CivicMA
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:33:58 AM

Can't see that I'd ever have any use for one. Electricity isn't cheap, cost and range are important issues not to mention cost/hassle of replacing batteries.
bumpygas
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 6:33:40 AM

My initial thought is that all electric vehicles are designed for metro areas and not rural areas where you may have to drive 20 to 30 miles just to the nearest town.
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