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Hi there. I'm really thinking about purchasing a Volt. I have a 33 mile commute each way to and from work. I love my Silverado, but she is thirsty! I'm looking forward to lurking a lot and reading about what really owning a Volt is like. I'm great with cars. If there is something I can contribute, I'll try.
 

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Do it, the volt is America's best kept automotive secret. My other vehicle is a 3/4 ton Suburban with a big block 454 cubic inch engine. The volt replaced a Deville with a 32v Northstar. My only complaint is that the volt is a bit small. It's a great commuter car for me and one child's trip to and from school, but a family of 4 with luggage is really cramped. The Suburban or the CTS serves that purpose much better than the volt.
 

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The Volt is the best car we've ever owned. Yes, it's small, but with the added weight of the battery, it drives like a much larger vehicle. Great for longer trips. Rear seat room is an issue for larger adults, but for our 5'-4" 115 pound daughter it's perfect. Fold down the rear seats and you have a lot of cargo space. And acceleration is great. From 0-30, a Volt beats a standard Model S.
http://insideevs.com/2016-chevrolet-volt-accelerates-tesla-model-s-85/

But the real surprise: Convenience. Charging at home is much more convenient than the gas station. And maintenance is a breeze. Volt owners often go 2 years between oil changes. Since the gas engine rarely runs, it doesn't require much maintenance.

With a 33-mile commute, if you can find a place to plug-in at work, you'll never use gas to/from work. Electric grin.
 

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The Volt really is the perfect commuter car. If your commute is over 20 miles, you should look into charging at work. That way you can stay pure electric and avoid the gas stations and oil changes. You might even be able to talk your company into installing an EV charging station. (You can of course buy and install your own)

As for the driving experience of the Volt. It has a smoother ride than my old 2001 Impala, the acceleration is silky smooth and never hesitates, and it is of course whisper quiet. There's barely any body roll in corners and the steering is pretty well balanced. If you test drive one, take it on some quiet suburban streets, roll down the window and turn off the radio. It's so eerie the first time you come to a stop and hear absolutely no noise and feel no vibrations from an idling engine.

Are you looking at new or used Volt's? The Gen 2 might be able to get you home on battery without having to charge at work. It may say 53 miles when you first get it, but with in-town driving, those miles easily hit 60+. Since the weather is warming up, my Gen 1 is currently at 50 miles after a full charge. It'll likely climb to 54 like it did last year.
 

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I think the Gen 2 volt will do a nice job for your needs of commuting. In the warmer weather (above 40°) with minimal A/C use, I am seeing daily EV mileage above 70. I have done 80 miles on a charge a few times when I can keep my speed below 45 or so most of the trip. YMMV, you gotta wanna.
 

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I think the Gen 2 volt will do a nice job for your needs of commuting. In the warmer weather (above 40°) with minimal A/C use, I am seeing daily EV mileage above 70. I have done 80 miles on a charge a few times when I can keep my speed below 45 or so most of the trip. YMMV, you gotta wanna.
+1 on this, as I also am getting ~74 miles in the hot months, and still low 60s in the cold months (Washington DC area), though I have yet to achieve the 80-mile mark. If I drive that far, some highway will be involved, which reduces the efficiency.
 
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