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Manner again in 2010, it appeared just like the Chevy Volt was about to take America by storm. The premise was stable: A number of hours plugged in in a single day would depart the Volt driver with round 35 or 40 miles (relying on the way it was pushed, GM mentioned it’d to 25 to 50 miles) of electrical driving every day; lots for the common commute. As soon as the battery was depleted, an environment friendly gasoline engine would kick in to maintain the whole lot working easily. No vary nervousness, no muss, no fuss. 

And it labored precisely as marketed, too. I examined a brand new Volt myself shortly after its debut, and in every week’s price of driving that included working round my neighborhood and several other hour-long runs on the highways to cross the Phoenix space, I averaged higher than 100 miles per gallon of fuel. Even together with the electrical energy I pumped into the battery pack, the Volt was simply essentially the most environment friendly highway-capable technique of transportation I’d ever skilled as much as that point, and it was really fairly enjoyable to drive.

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  • The Chevrolet Volt “Freedom Drive” throughout the nation concludes at Pier 92 through the annual Macy’s Independence Day fireworks show over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The “Freedom Drive” started 4 days and 1.776 miles in the past in Austin, Texas the place Chevrolet introduced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would be part of Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch websites for the Volt later this yr. (Picture by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)

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  • Chevrolet broadcasts Thursday, July 1, 2010 it’s including Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electrical automobile. The retail launch in Texas and New York will start with Austin and New York Metropolis in late 2010. The stability of Texas and New York, in addition to New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to start receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured right here) in entrance of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Picture by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)

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  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt passes a trolley whereas navigating the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay space whereas on an engineering growth drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt might be out there in California over the last quarter of 2010. (Picture by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)

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  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt navigates the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay space whereas on an engineering growth drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt might be out there in California over the last quarter of 2010. (Picture by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)

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  • The brand new Chevrolet Volt electrical automobile with prolonged vary drives by campus at Columbia College on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Picture by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)

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  • The Chevrolet Volt Freedom Drive throughout the nation continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 because the Volt participates within the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electrical automobile with prolonged vary. will end its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York Metropolis on Sunday. (Picture by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)

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  • The Chevrolet Volt Freedom Drive throughout the nation continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 because the Volt participates within the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electrical automobile with prolonged vary. will end its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York Metropolis on Sunday. (Picture by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)

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  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electrical automobile with prolonged vary travels round Pier 92 throughout a media check drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Picture by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)

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  • A Chevrolet Volt battery on the Basic Motors World Battery Programs Lab in Warren, Michigan Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The Chevrolet Volt will supply prospects an unprecedented commonplace 8 yr/100,000 mile guarantee on its lithium-ion battery. GM engineers have accomplished greater than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation battery testing since 2007. Every Volt battery pack has 9 modules and 288 cells. GM designed and engineered 99 % of the 155 elements in every battery. (Picture by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

A second-generation Volt debuted in 2016 with many enhancements, together with extra electrical vary and higher effectivity. We lamented its retreat from the market again in 2019 when Basic Motors determined to tug the plug, actually and figuratively, on the Volt experiment. A number of years have handed because the Volt’s demise (and the following Bolt EV hatchback’s arrival), and totally electrical automobiles are making increasingly sense for increasingly People, no less than those that have entry to a charger at house or sufficient plugs close to them. 

However the Volt nonetheless makes an entire heck of lots of sense as a used buy, with costs hovering at round $10,000 on the low finish and nonetheless nicely below $30,000 for a low-mileage mannequin from the ultimate yr of manufacturing. These figures symbolize present realities at right now’s inflated charges, and they’re anticipated to drop in due time together with different used automobiles. However even for present sums, the Volt is a particularly engaging choice.

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The closest competitor that gives an analogous possession expertise to the Volt can be the Toyota Prius Prime. Between these two, the Chevy is best to drive, extra environment friendly for many drivers and, although seems are after all subjective, for my part far more engaging no matter which Volt technology you examine it to. It’s additionally cheaper. Blue Guide worth for a well-equipped 2017 Chevy Volt in superb situation with 50,000 miles at present stands at $18,658. A Prius Prime with comparable choices from the identical yr (its first in the marketplace) is $25,044.

After all, the Volt has been in the marketplace fairly a bit longer than the Prius Prime. It’s not onerous to search out an older Volt with round 100,000 miles for lower than $10,000 or one with considerably fewer miles for simply $1,000 or so extra. That strikes me as a tremendous cut price for a stable automobile. And whereas I totally count on the Prius Prime to be dependable, the identical is true of the Volt, which has stable reliability and satisfaction scores throughout the board from companies that publish scores.

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It’s additionally price mentioning {that a} drivetrain similar to the Volt’s was used within the Cadillac ELR, a slinky two-door coupe full of all of the luxuries you’d count on from a automobile carrying the Wreath and Crest. These don’t promote at costs as little as the Volt, with a 2014 mannequin’s e-book worth hovering round $23,000 proper now. The upgraded 2016 version is kind of a bit pricier. Both method, the ELR might be a possible collectible — it was massively overpriced when new, which means few have been bought, and oddities typically achieve traction after a few a long time have handed.

For those who’re available in the market for a particularly environment friendly automobile that isn’t totally beholden to out there charging plugs and are on the lookout for a deal, the Chevy Volt deserves an in depth look.


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