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We are selling our home, and had an inspector at our house yesterday. He saw my Volt in the driveway charging and asked me how far it could go. I told him I have been getting about 60 miles of range in local driving and, once the battery is depleted, a gas engine starts up to generate power for unlimited extended driving. He then asked me how fast it could go. "Can you take it on the freeway?" I smiled and told him it was capable of almost 100 mph. That impressed him. I then told him it was quicker from a stop than most cars on the road and that I haven't put any gas in the car since the middle of January, about 3000 miles ago. He seemed impressed.

It's always fun educating people on the capabilities of a modern EV. :)
 

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We are selling our home, and had an inspector at our house yesterday. He saw my Volt in the driveway charging and asked me how far it could go. I told him I have been getting about 60 miles of range in local driving and, once the battery is depleted, a gas engine starts up to generate power for unlimited extended driving. He then asked me how fast it could go. "Can you take it on the freeway?" I smiled and told him it was capable of almost 100 mph. That impressed him. I then told him it was quicker from a stop than most cars on the road and that I haven't put any gas in the car since the middle of January, about 3000 miles ago. He seemed impressed.

It's always fun educating people on the capabilities of a modern EV. :)
The massive GM advertising campaign for the Volt will surely correct this...I mean the Volt has only been around since 2010.
 

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When people ask me about the range of my Volt (Gen 1) .. I tell them: 400 miles. And then I add that the first 40 miles or so is all electric. I find that starting with "It has 40 miles electric range and ..." makes people throw a worrying frown as soon as as they hear that phrase.

It all depends on how the message is conveyed?

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Cool story...

I was still stocked by how many people I told about it couldn't comprehend that it can use gas...My favorite comment "wait, why does an electric car need to use gas?"
 

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Fun to do but depressing that it's necessary. People who own or follow electric vehicles live in something of a bubble. Nice to get out once in a while!
 

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We are selling our home, and had an inspector at our house yesterday. He saw my Volt in the driveway charging and asked me how far it could go. I told him I have been getting about 60 miles of range in local driving and, once the battery is depleted, a gas engine starts up to generate power for unlimited extended driving. He then asked me how fast it could go. "Can you take it on the freeway?" I smiled and told him it was capable of almost 100 mph. That impressed him. I then told him it was quicker from a stop than most cars on the road and that I haven't put any gas in the car since the middle of January, about 3000 miles ago. He seemed impressed.

It's always fun educating people on the capabilities of a modern EV. :)
In a similar situation, I just had a stranger (contractor bidding on some work) ask about the Volt. So I let him drive it while I rode shotgun, and told him to floor it from a stop sign. It spun the tires briefly and took off. His comment was 'wow, not exactly a Prius, eh'.

So now, if he ever shops for a 'hybrid', he will know what they should do.

I've probably given out a dozen test drives in our Volts, and had several people do 'ride-alongs' as I ran through an AutoX course during practice events. Chevy can keep the Volt's secret as the best of the economy cars, but I'm not. :D
 

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His comment was 'wow, not exactly a Prius, eh'.
As a former and long-time Prius owner, I say AMEN to that sentiment. The driving experience between the VOLT and Prius is utterly different, with the VOLT being way, way, way more fun.
 

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I once had a guy who claimed to be an electrician ask me if it drove when it was cloudy cause I told him I charged it from my solar panels on the house.
 

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I am constantly harassed at work over the use of "dirty" electricity from coal in Colorado. However, using off-peak electricity, I am actually using a lot of electricity from wind generators. Furthermore, the carbon footprint of the Volt is far smaller than the large SUV's, jeeps, and pick-up trucks that my colleagues drive to work. I try to explain that the efficiency of an electric motor is about 90%, while internal combustion engines are only around 33% efficient. The 100 gallons of gasoline that I used last year to go 12,000 miles would get my colleagues only 1,700 miles. I work with a lot of idiots.
 

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I think I may have posted this before, but it's still funny to me.

I was gassing up the Volt and an older guy at another pump started asking questions, among them being "so what happens when you run out of electricity".

I said "it seamlessly switches to the REX (the gas generator)".

Oh, then he gets this look like he thinks he's got me now and says "so then what happens when you run out of gas?"

I said "pretty much the same thing that happens to any other car"

He totally didn't get what I was saying.
 

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I have often thought that if you snuck into somebodies home, and installed an inductive charger on their floor and one in a Volt, then gave them the Volt, but it would have NO MENTION of electrical charging whatsoever, they would be wildly impressed with the car instead of confused about it.
 

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Oh, then he gets this look like he thinks he's got me now and says "so then what happens when you run out of gas?"
That's when you casually tell him that it switches back to electricity to give you an emergency range of a couple miles to be able to put gas in. Then ask "Does yours do that too?"
 

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I have had some humorous encounters in rural Minnesota. For the most part 99% of drivers/people seem to care less (going along with their daily routine of work, life, family etc). However, the usual crazies/curious types seem to be: Young car guys/gals who are genuinely curious - or - wingnuts/crazies.

Most common questions: “Is it fast, how far can you go, how much does electricity cost/it MUST cost at lot if gas costs so much, etc etc etc” Really myths that have been debunked a 1000 times on this site. It’s almost like GM didn’t want to sell this car… hmmmmmmmm

My driving style is: defensive driving, stay with the flow of traffic, keeping safe following distances, I’m a teetotaler due to the high rate of alcoholism in my family, etc. I basically drive like someone out of Fargo. Speed limit in rural areas, as that’s the only way little communities make $$$. I do tend to “speed” on the interstate as I’m convinced my fellow Minnesotans are on Meth and cannot seem to pick a speed. It’s either tailgate at 80 in the right lane by your choice of never used off-road SUV, or some Prius driver/Honda Civic/Toyota Camry/Honda CR-V with “Critical Habitat” plates doing exactly 65 in the fast lane.

I'm seriously apolitical after a long life working in/with government in an official capacity and private sector consulting. These are the top 5 since July 2016. Really do crack me up.

When I first got the car, in the summer in particularly, I would have lifted late model trucks seriously ride my behind. At first I thought of course it was summer and that always brings out the teenagers in particular. However, I noticed a pattern. It seemed to be opinionated individuals, mid 20s to 30s, with various nonsensical bumper stickers of corporate logos/hunting gear or political agendas. I blew this off, as I had a BMW 328i and understand the whole “haters gonna hate”. It’s rare but usually they are the worst offenders. Doing something insane, brake checking me, etc.

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5) Someone attempted to brake check me in a late model Cummings Turbo diesel with a huge American flag/ POW flag on I35 near Duluth. Coming to a complete stop and yelling something at me, then blasting away. The Dodge did not sound healthy. Coming to a complete stop on a 75 MPH freeway where most go 80+ is pretty damn stupid.

4) MINIVANs! Usually older individuals (the age of majority of users on GM-Volt ;) )who will ride my behind, then pass at bizarre times in newer models of Chrysler products bright Scandinavian pink with rage as their wife is ghost white while I’m doing 65 mph on a 55 mph windy deer country road.

3) An ancient lifted dually with “LED” mod, kewl brah! Attempted to “roll” coal on me and other motorists near St. Cloud MN. Attempted as I quickly blasted away instantly unleashing the magic of the Volts “torque”. To be fair, they were basically trying to blast dirty exhaust into everyone at the traffic light. (it was a nice day and most people had their windows down, etc, including me). If “rolling coal” isn’t a felony, it should be if you blast someone’s toddler with unmanaged diesel exhaust.

2) Random guy came out of nowhere at about 11 pm at night to lecture me how EVs are not as clean as the MSM would have you believe. This was in Nebraska outside of Omaha. I turned to my daughter and said, “Look a crazy person.” In the most Minnesotan way possible, she took a picture on her phone! I was concerned it may escalate quickly so we went to another gas station on the opposite side of the road. He glared at our family and then went back into the abyss.

1) Speaking of crazy. In St. Cloud MN, the capital of crazy, I had yet another stranger approach quite irate and spewing obscenity towards my general direction. I seriously couldn’t hear him so I instinctively replied “excuse me?”. The huge guy rushed towards me in the parking lot. I’d say easily 300+ lbs. He had a Target shopping cart with a 30-pack of Cold Creek Ice and other belongings. This wasn’t anywhere near one of the multitude of Targets in the area. He then quite angrily drilled me with questions and before I could answer I got the gist of it. I’m driving my rainbow Obama cruiser (homophobic insult?) on his dime. How Electric Vehicles are somehow way more environmentally destructive and I’m less than a man for driving one. (Translated from being called a female cat and a bundle of sticks).

I couldn’t help but just blast out laughing in his face.

To quote a good friend of mine: “You’ll have that”. Just another day in the life in the Midwest ;)
Still better than commuting everyday on the loop in Chicagoland :D GOD PLEASE BRING US AUTONOMOUS CARS IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS PLEASE!\

Oh and: I have a dash cam now. I highly suggest you all do too! I had a very very minor hit'n run in St Paul, MN on my Volt and because of the 1080p Dash Cam I was able to get the plate, insurance was appeased, and the Police were able to issue a citation to the offender via the mail!
 

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This reminds me of a couple of encounters I had.

First time a repair guy came to my house to fix my washing machine, and as he was leaving, he mentioned my Volt and how it actually cost $90,000 to make, and that GM was receiving government handouts to reduce the selling price. I just wanted the guy to leave my house, so I just responded “I only paid about $30,000 for it all said and done, so that was the smartest 30 grand I ever spent!” He mumbled something else before leaving .

Another time I was walking back to my car at work (was actually driving the C-Max Energi that was plugged into a charging station at work). Some guy that was walking by yells out “How many miles does that thing get??”, and I told him about 20 miles on battery. Then he yells “I’ll be happy to give you a ride when you’re stuck on the side of the road with an empty battery!”
I yell back at him “No need! It has a gas engine that can go another 500+ miles after the battery runs out, but thanks anyways guy!”

He ends up just walking away.
 

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I once had a guy who claimed to be an electrician ask me if it drove when it was cloudy cause I told him I charged it from my solar panels on the house.
I hope you never used him to do any work for you.
 

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Another time I was walking back to my car at work (was actually driving the C-Max Energi that was plugged into a charging station at work). Some guy that was walking by yells out “How many miles does that thing get??”, and I told him about 20 miles on battery. Then he yells “I’ll be happy to give you a ride when you’re stuck on the side of the road with an empty battery!”
I yell back at him “No need! It has a gas engine that can go another 500+ miles after the battery runs out, but thanks anyways guy!”

He ends up just walking away.
You sir, made my day. Wow that was awesome.
 
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