2016 Chevy Volt (2nd Gen) v.s. 1st Gen Chevy Volt

In December of 2010, I lined up to buy one of the first Chevrolet Volt’s produced in the world.  Two questions often come to me.  1.) How do you like it?  And 2.)  Would you recommend purchasing a Volt?  The answer to the first was always the same.  Love the car.  It is perfect for me.  To the second however, the answer was not always so clear.

While the 1st generation Chevy Volt was the perfect car for …

Why the Tesla Model 3 will look like the Chevy Bolt

I’ve been following the conversation around who will be first to market with an affordable 200 mile EV.  (Somewhere in the $30-40k range).  There has been a lot of rhetoric about who will do it, who has better engineering?  Can Tesla do it on time given that their track record for delivering on time is so poor?  Will GM do it?  Or do they not have enough organizational vision to get there?  Nissan seems to be serious about it, but …

The All New 2016 Chevy Volt – Interviews with the Designers and Engineers

The All New 2016 Chevy Volt – With Interviews from the Makers.

I’ve spent the last couple of days here at the 2016 North American International Auto show interviewing a variety of GM folks deeply involved with the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.  A list of whom are below:  Through their accounts, I have compiled an in depth guide into the story behind the Chevy Volt, design decisions, GM’s thought process and everything you might want to know about the Volt.  Of …

A Sneak Peak at the 2016 Gen 2 Chevy Volt (I saw it)

 

Chevrolet invited a bunch of select Chevy Volt owners out to an event in Los Angeles and just gave 20-30 of us a sneak peak at the 2016 Chevrolet Volt to debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

This sneak peak was the only photo we were allowed to share, but we were also allowed to go to a back room where to got to see the real deal.  Engineers and designers were also on hand to answer questions about …

2016 Chevy Volt – 2nd Generation Voltec Drivetrain

Hey all, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here as there hasn’t been a ton of Volt news, but it looks like we are in for a big treat with the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.  Awesome video below demonstrating some of the key changes that we can expect from the drivetrain of the Volt.  View it first and I’ll have some color commentary below that should get you very excited.  There is some serious engineering happening here which is …

Wireless Charging for your Chevy Volt

You know how some cell phones come with wireless inductive charging?  Well you can get it now too for your Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf.  It will charge at the 3.3 Kw rate (like a Level 2 charging station) and requires you to get installed a specially designed component on your car to receive the charge.  Only problem with it right now is that it is essentially a $3,000 convenience item.  Yup, it costs $3,000 right now.  (You can

EV Home Charging Station FAQs – Is Level 2 (240v charging) worth it?

A lot of people have asked me whether installing level 2 charging is worth it for their Chevy Volt, (Or any electric car for that matter) .  The answer to that is a function of several things.  How you use the car, and how much it costs you to install the charging equipment.  This article will cover the basics, from what Level 2 charging really is, how much you should realistically expect it to cost to install, whether you’ll find …

Chevy Volt Flat Tire, No Spare Tire Woes

Well luck finally caught up to me.  I made it 2 years and 3 months without a flat, but I knicked the curb on the way to the airport last week and BAM!  Blowout flat tire.  Not a good way to start a trip to Vegas.  The tire had a nice 1 inch tear in the sidewall from rubbed against a curb on a right hand turn.  No amount of tire repair goo was going to help this one.

Alas …

Chevy Volt Federal Tax Credit – Form 8936 (2013 Update)

I’ve seen several new questions pop up about claiming the tax credit for any Volt purchased in 2012, So here’s my newest attempt to address the more current questions that we see popping up in the forums.  Not all are fully answered yet, but I’ll see if I can find more.

update 2/10/2013

More IRS Tax form 8936 FAQ’s – Updated with some more FAQ’s from this year that I’ve seen floating around…

Q1:  What is this manufacturer’s certification that

2013 Chevy Volt Review – New Feature Focus

The 2013 Chevy Volt features several interesting software and display updates, a modestly higher capacity battery, and an all same color paint scheme.  This review will focus on the changes that make the 2013 Chevy Volt different than the 2011 and the 2012 model years.

1.)  Obvious Changes to the Outside/Inside

The 2013 Chevy Volt features an all body color paint scheme, as compared to the black roof / black trunk look from the 2011 and 2012 models.  Folks in …