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June 13, 2012 6:00 AM
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The Chevy Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there's also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too. Feeling all revved up? Check out what this current Chevy Volt driver has to say about her unique driving lifestyle…
If there’s one aspect of driving that Lisa Gingerich hates, it’s going to the gas station. “It is dirty, smelly, and expensive!” she says. Lucky for her, she only had to make a pit stop twice in her last 1,500 miles of driving her Chevy Volt. (On average, Volt owners drive 900 miles between fill-ups with regularly charging.) In essence, going to the gas station is a chore that the Volt has almost eliminated from her list of things to do, explains Gingerich.
Beyond saving her frequent visits to the dreaded pump, Gingerich is proud to be an early adopter of this driving technology. “I want this technology and innovation to work. I like being part of the solution to reducing our reliance on oil,” she says. While she acknowledges that one person not going to the gas station as often will not change the world, she says it is a start. “We have to continue to innovate.”
In the meantime, Gingerich has a lot of fun sharing her impressive driving stats with others so they can learn about the Volt’s efficiency. “I think many people assume that the Volt is all hype with limited positive results,” she says. “I love showing people my lifetime MPG, which is currently 112, but was at one point at 175. They look at my phone app or my dash and I can see the ‘wow’ on their face.”
The 2012 Chevy Volt offers an EPA-estimated 35 miles on a single charge based on 94 MPGe [electric] and 35 city, 40 MPG highway [gas]. Actual range varies with conditions.
Volt is available to order at participating dealers.
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