Gallery: TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Lives with the Chevy Volt for a Week

You can also monitor your average fuel economy, trip length, and other details by toggling through the three screens available under the Eco leaf button menu. You can also set the vehicle to charge when plugged in or to delay charging for a set time, for instance the middle of the night when electricity may be cheaper.

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  1. rubley October 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I own a Volt. I had less than 40 miles on a charge just once, and that was when I bought it and I was giving full throttle joy rides. Normally I get 41-43 miles commuting, sometimes 45-47. If you charge in a garage pre-conditioning isn’t really necessary in the winter, the heated seats become very warm very quickly on the high setting. And you’re knocking the car for its behavior on dirt roads? You realize its 2011, right? I’m pretty sure ALL cars are designed to run on pavement. The front rubber air dam is designed to scrape on the ground, its a $40 throwaway item, I’ll replace it when it wears out (think brake pads).

  2. jamesonbrent August 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Interesting, at least the A/C and heater are good enough that you don’t really need pre-conditioning

  3. Laura K. Cowan August 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for pointing out the issue, James! We double-checked with GM and realized we had a misunderstanding about the conditions under which the engine will turn on. Issue fixed in the article. The engine MAY come on to assist the car in preconditioning the cabin when turned on for remote start during charging, so it is somewhat silly to even consider using remote start for this purpose. Opening the garage door on the winter weather or charging the vehicle outdoors in the snow in order to heat up your cabin, hmm. :)

  4. jamesonbrent August 15, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Having driven a Volt on multiple occasions I’m not sure I agree with some of your drawbacks. There is a Sport mode that gives plenty of power, flooring it will definitely kick you back in the seat. The car is worlds different than a Prius when it comes to acceleration. As far as I know the engine will not turn on when charging, the owners manual mentions nothing about this and have never experienced it myself (although it will come on if the car is on and the hood is opened). Also, you can charge the vehicle wherever you want, the car will baby the battery by either heating the pack or cooling it with the A/C system. During a hot day I went out in my garage and heard the A/C going to cool the pack so I know it works. Now if only I could afford one for myself :)

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