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12-20-2017 06:23 AM
Michael Smith
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I have to agree, I like the idea of having a pure battery powered electric vehicle but right now, it is still just a bit too impractical. I think Chevy got it right with the volt. I drive about 25 to 40 miles round trip depending on which hospital I am working at and enjoy the pure EV commutes. On my days off, I run around getting all my errands completed. Last week I had to go about 8 miles over my ev range, and that's right the gas motor seamlessly fired up and I was able to continue to my house and plug my volt back up without a second thought. When I want to take a long trip, my Volt has a much greater range than the old Mustang I traded it in for (much quieter too), I just put gas in the tank, put the charge on hold when I get up to speed on the highway and I can go anywhere I want to without the inconvenience of first, finding a place to plug in and second, having to wait to recharge. I just believe my time is more valuable than sitting around a charging station paying for overpriced electricity. JEA charges .11/kwh and if I am going to pay more than that, I might a well buy gas and not have to wait. Sure, I am putting some co2 back into the atmosphere on the rare occasion but it sure beats waiting around at a charging station which is where I feel I have all the BEV's from Bolts to Tesla's to Leafs beat hands down. I enjoy the economy of commuting which is about 90% of my driving, I have no range anxiety, yet I am driving a 100% electric vehicle. My car gets electricity from its batteries or from it's gas powered range extending generator. I get the best of both worlds in an affordable vehicle that makes sense. I think the time will come when BEV's will be more mainstream but when they are, batteries will be cheaper, faster charging, and higher capacity. In the mean time, until they can come up with a 520 mile range battery (65mph X 8 hours) so you can sleep overnight while your car gets recharged at a hotel, I will opt for my 374 mile range (8.9 gallons X 42mpg = 373.8) round that down to 350 miles per tank and you got an easy 700 mile range and no wait time. If that isn't hitting the nail right on the head with the Chevy Volt, I don't know what is. First gen Volts proves this car, Buying a second Gen only makes sense. Factor in an occasional hurricane or other disaster and you are win win. You can run on which ever source is available. It is just another reason why I am glad I bought a Volt. In the meantime, I am getting ready to have a solar system installed on my roof as well as a level 2 charger installed to make my volt even more versatile. Not to coin a chevy term but I will be finding new roads while BEV's are sitting around charging stations. How cool is that? :-) (I feel like an environmental vegan that gets to occasionally eat a steak.)
09-28-2017 01:53 AM
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i love the bolt and have a volt. the hurricane drove me out of daytona and i was forced to seek refuge in nashville for a week. if i had had a bolt it would have taken forever to get to nashville. the volt allowed me to just drive on up getting gas as needed. i do have to admit that the small gas tank was a pain, especially on the way back in the huge traffic jams and lack of gas stations.this is the one time when a Prius with its much larger range would have been more convenient. i did manage to get back down here with minimum trouble. it did get me thinking of the limitations (so far) of pure electric vehicles including tesla and the bolt in an extreme weather emergency.
I agree there many journeys a tesla can't easily get you to. Regarding your hurricane exit and return, the tank may be small but there are gas cans for that type of situation.
09-16-2017 06:54 AM
mrfredsporty
why im glad i had the volt and not the bolt

i love the bolt and have a volt. the hurricane drove me out of daytona and i was forced to seek refuge in nashville for a week. if i had had a bolt it would have taken forever to get to nashville. the volt allowed me to just drive on up getting gas as needed. i do have to admit that the small gas tank was a pain, especially on the way back in the huge traffic jams and lack of gas stations.this is the one time when a Prius with its much larger range would have been more convenient. i did manage to get back down here with minimum trouble. it did get me thinking of the limitations (so far) of pure electric vehicles including tesla and the bolt in an extreme weather emergency.

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