Last week, thanks to the GM East team of General Motors, we here at Woody Boater we’re given a 2014 Chevy Volt for a week to test drive and provide feedback. Now you might say: Woody, why in the heck do we care here? It aint a boat, and it aint even old school. Well, a couple months ago, I was averaging close to $1,000 a month, yes a month in fuel charges. Yes some of that was boating related, maybe about $200 of it. The rest was travel, and commute. With our trusty Suburban and Silverado, getting 10 -15 mpg was putting a damper on stuff for sure.
SO. Something had to give. But what is the next vehicle? We love our Chevy’s, including the trusty 1958 Apachee we have owned for over 22 years…
What next? Do we go diesel? Compact? Hybrid? They all look like eggs! And it needs to be American. How about the new Chevy Volt? And since GM was offering, bring it on.
All I needed to do was report on it and save money. The Volt is by leaps and bounds the coolest car of the mid level energy type cars. It’s a Chevy, so when I am in the boondocks, there is always a Chevy dealer around. I can go to more boat shows and have fun now.. and not be embarrassed about it, showing up in an egg. So how did the week go? First of all, my memory muscle kept looking at the gas gauge when passing every gas station. WOW, huge difference. I put about 400 miles on it in a week, and when filling up to return it, it took 7 gallons.. HA.. Not to mention all the miles I traveled on pure charge. Amazing. And I will add, fast, fast, and fast. It handles great and looks fantastic in the driveway. Allowing me to unload one of the trucks and balance our fuel situation in a better way.
You charge up the car over night, and you get about 40 miles out of the charge. If you add heat, it drops, drive like me, it drops.. So in the end, the electric thing doesn’t make sense if you travel over 40 miles a day. But the Volt gets around 35mpg -44 mpg on gas! Its not all electric. That part is cool, but the combo is far cooler.
From a design stand point it is by leaps and bounds the tops, but the back seat is somewhat difficult to get into. My two over 6 ft sons kept banging their heads getting in and out. Maybe a egg shape covers that. But bending over to get into a car is a small price to pay to not bow your head in shame when in an egg.