Hybrids vehicles have been around for a long time, but you still have to make regular trips to the gas station, and its main source of power is still an internal combustion engine. With gas prices in BC reaching over $1.50/Litre, more Vancouverites are seriously considering alternative power sources for their vehicles. Enter the Chevrolet Volt, an plug-in hybrid, or an extended-range electric vehicle to be exact. The Volt has a battery that can last 85km, which can be plugged in to charge. Depending on your commute and charging options, it may be a long time until the Chevy Volt needs to be topped up with gas. Unlike hybrid vehicles like the Prius, which use a gas engine supplemented by an electric motor, the Volt is an electric vehicle with a "range extender" - the gasoline engine - letting motorists get rid of the "range anxiety" that comes with all-electric vehicles. So whether you are driving your 2018 Chevrolet Volt in Coquitlam or you find yourself in the middle of 100 mile house with no battery left, there's nothing to worry about; you can fill up with gasoline and extend the Volt's range to 676km.
Not convinced enough to check out the Chevrolet Volt yet? Here are 10 reasons why you should!
With 85km of all-electric range, the Chevrolet Volt has the highest EV range in the current crop of plug-in hybrids. Add the internal combustion engine "range-extender" to the mix, and Volt will go as far as 676km.
2. Regular Look
Don't like the radical design of the BMW i8, or the pocket protector look of the Toyota Prius? The Volt has one of the more unassuming designs when it comes to electric vehicles. At first glance, it may just look like a beefier version of Chevrolet's Cruz. Just because the concept of a range-extended electric vehicle is radical, it doesn't mean it the exterior has to look radical!
3. Charging Options
The Volt comes standard with a portable charge cord that can be plugged into a standard 120v outlet. Though this method only adds about 6km every hour, the Volt uses the standard connection found in all Level 2 240v charging stations, which would bump the charge time to 20km every hour. Even better news is that all public and home-charging stations are Level 2, so you would only need to charge using 120v if you are in a pinch.
4. Spaceship Power-Up Sound
It's easy to tell gas-powered cars are running. With the turn of the key (or press of a button) you would hear the starter motor churning the engine, followed by a distinct roar. But how do you tell when an electric vehicle is on and ready to be driven? In the Chevrolet Volt, you'll hear a spaceship-esque startup sound, as if you're in a spaceship on the set of Star Trek, and about to enter warp drive. The colourful LED cluster and vehicle status information on the center display helps with that as well.