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Class: Electric Car
Dates tested: 2/01/2016 – 2/08/2016
Miles Driven: 344
Fuel Used: 1.9 gallons
Despite dropping gas prices and general public disinterest in electric vehicles, General Motors’ Chevrolet division is doubling down on vehicular electrification.
2014 Chevrolet Volt
Dates tested: 8/07/2014-8/14/2014
Miles Driven: 300
Fuel Used: .9 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 333.3 mpg
New-car “sticker shock” is a well-known phenomenon. It mostly affects those who haven’t shopped for a new vehicle in recent years, as prices have been rising steadily—and in some cases, steeply. In fact, the average transaction price of a new car recently topped $30,000 for the first time.
But Chevrolet has announced that the 2014 Volt will buck that trend. Due to go on sale toward the end of this summer, it will carry a lower base price than it did for 2013—a whopping $5000 lower.
Would they or wouldn’t they? That was the question regarding whether or not General Motors would give the green light to producing a car based on the seductive Cadillac Converj concept. As you can probably guess, that answer is a resounding “Yes.”
Following on the heels of the new-for-2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid comes its plug-in brother, the C-MAX Energi. Moving from a traditional hybrid to the plug-in variety allows for a certain amount of electric-only driving, but the transformation both giveth and taketh away.
Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, a compact hatchback that starts at $39,145. The Volt can operate solely on battery power for up to 40 miles. After that, a gas engine kicks in and provides an additional 300 miles of driving.
The Chevy Volt is in the news again. This time it’s because the much-maligned “extended-range electric vehicle” is not catching fire, either after a crash (good!) or with the buying public (bad!).
“Are you sitting down?”
It was my friend Scott on the phone. Scott is a middle-aged farmer whom I’ve known for the better part of 20 years. Like me, he’s a car nut. Unlike me, he has disposable income, numerous storage buildings, and a hyper-active eBay account, a dangerous combination that has resulted in the comings and goings of a fleet of late-’70s Firebirds, a couple of Corvettes, an early-’70s Olds Toronado, a half dozen Harleys, a pair of hopped-up Z28 Camaros, a Chevy Topkick (think full-size pickup on steroids), two Jeeps, a couple of middle-aged Cadillacs, and a Peterbuilt semi. And that’s just in the last five years.
In a stunning about-face, Fox News now seemingly loves the Chevrolet Volt.
A victim of partisan politics since its introduction, Volt became a symbol of everything commentators on the popular conservative news channel found troubling about President Barack Obama and especially the auto-industry bailout.