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Review: 2012 Chevy Volt, Part 2: driving a Volt

GasBuddy Blog -- This is part 2 of a two part series covering my time with a Chevy Volt. Behind the movement: the electric/gas Chevy Volt.

With our initial thoughts behind us, it's time to set to the brutal roads of Chicago to see how the Volt stacks up. I received it and it still had about 15 miles worth of electricity left. I hit Lake Shore Drive, with pristine Lake Michigan in the background.

The lithium-ion battery hard at work, providing navigation, cold air via the A/C, and music to boot. After several miles down Lake Shore Drive and hitting Interstate 55, our battery was down to about 7 miles left on electricity. I then hopped on I-94 and headed towards O'Hare airport. As we got downtown standing in traffic, it felt great not burning...


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Submitted Jul 29, 2012 By: PD
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tazintally
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2012 11:52:26 AM

I would have an electric vehicle if I could afford to buy it but alas no money for that kind of useful stuff.
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abiyeye
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2012 8:03:20 AM

but what is the point , it not save energy when recharging still we need oil to generate electricity
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Sounds like GM has a start on a working electric vehicle.
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 9:50:42 AM

The interior looks like something out of the 80 GM. All squares and digital. Go look at a Fusion Hybrid!
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 6:59:18 AM

slash price, increase range, then it might be of interest.
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Message Posted: Jul 31, 2012 10:30:02 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 5:13:08 PM

let me decide on last part
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 5:08:58 PM

THE END ?
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snappytom2
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 3:59:57 PM

Who can afford to buy a Volt?
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:47:06 PM

Dear Santa, I'll take one of these, PLEASE.
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HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:37:16 PM

Uh-huh. And what of the prime mover that generated the electricity to charge the Volt's batteries in the first place? I suppose it was magic, coming from a non-polluting energy source. You hardly ever hear this part of the "clean" energy electric car debate.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:32:33 PM

not for me
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:31:33 PM

I wanna pony. No electricity and the "excess" can be put in the garden.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:28:41 PM

I've seen some volts on the road and they seem to be handling well on the road.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:24:52 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:24:32 PM

Too expensive for me to justify. I'll wait a few years to see which way the electric auto develops.
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I'll stick with my 47+ mpg Jetta TDI.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:21:42 PM

Okay.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:19:55 PM

they still need to be more affordable
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:19:50 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:19:44 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:19:29 PM

pretty darn expensive golf cart. biggest item is it keeps you dry in the wet weather and cool in the hot weather and uses lots of electrons.

IN GOD WE TRUST
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:19:15 PM

still sux
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:17:40 PM

very old news
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:13:19 PM

Still needs to come down in price.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:12:36 PM

Still wouldn't buy Chevy
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:11:12 PM

Lets all keep putting down a vehicle we know little about. It doesn’t matter the US workers and taxpayers have an interest in GM's success.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:09:43 PM

Part 2 is as bad as Part 1... still a vehicle I will never buy.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:08:57 PM

repeat
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:07:02 PM

overpriced junk from government motors
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:06:59 PM

seen this one.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:06:11 PM

No power seats, what a bummer...
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:05:20 PM

Part two not much better then part one. Did not change what little mind I have. Still won't buy the Volt
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:05:20 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:04:45 PM

keep it
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:01:59 PM

I'll take a Volt, IF it comes with a wind turbine to provide electricity so I can drive more than 40 miles!
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 2:00:49 PM

seen it...
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:59:57 PM

...
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:58:44 PM

Maybe in a couple of years I'll buy one.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:57:55 PM

Same old thing
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:53:28 PM

Read the whole thing yesterday, thanks for the details on the test. This car has a range of 5000 miles between charges (just keep filling the gas tank)
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:53:20 PM

old post
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:51:04 PM

It looks like a nice car, but clearly overpriced to recover the added thousands of up front dollars. I'll stick with my plan of buying good used cars that I can pay for without needing financing. Not having a payment means paying for more gas isn't a problem.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:50:45 PM

much overpriced and overhyped
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:48:33 PM

Cool car, get the price down some.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:46:42 PM

Looks better than a Prius.
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read it before.
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:45:08 PM

Interesting, but I don't think I will be getting one soon.
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Old Story
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This is about 3 days old.
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