ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

2013 Chevrolet Volt

Updated on June 22, 2014

My New Chevy Volt!

My lease is running out on my 2011 E350 Diesel Mercedes. So, I want to find a car that is more affordable and uses less gas. A friend of mine has a Chevrolet Volt so I decided to take a look. On my way home from work on Friday I stopped into the dealership. I met a great sales person there who told me a lot of great information about the car and answered all of my questions. He even invited me to take a test drive. That really did it for me! The car is totally cute, gets 250mpg and goes 40 miles before it needs a charge to run on electric only. So, I am so excited for this car I decided to create a lens where I will share my experience in hopefully purchasing this car!

*Update* I am getting a new job and you get a car. They give you some kind of hybrid. So, I will let you know later what I ended up getting!

*Update 2* I found out I will be getting a Ford Fusion. I will try to create a lens about it once I get it!

**All images are mine on this lens unless otherwise noted.

My Test Drive

So we went on a test drive. I had to give my license and phone number. Then we went out to the lot and drove the fun sports model with the chili red details. I road in the passenger seat while the sales person drove. He explained very thoroughly how all the controls worked and how the engine worked. A full charge allows you to drive for 40 miles without the gas coming into play. There is small gas tank. The gas energy doesn't propel the car but the gas charges the battery that is responsible for the car running!

You can charge the car with a normal outlet. It takes about 10 hours for the car to charge all the way. If you install a 220v outlet you can get a special plug which allows the car to charge fully in 4 hours. I think not only is this the way to go it will also be a plus for our house if we ever sell it! Comes with an electric vehicle charging station.

The car allows you to ride in the HOV lane even if you are driving alone! (that can be a BIG plus in Los Angeles)

On average the car we were driving was getting 250 miles per gallon! He said most people only fill up the tank about 1 time a month. My savings on gas alone would be amazing. I currently fill up my car about 3.5 times a month at about 75 dollars a pop. That means a potential savings of 262 dollars a month or 3,150 dollars a year.

I got to drive the car as well. I found out that the car is very silent when you start it and drive it. There is a separate horn that you can use when you are driving silently to warn people that isn't as loud as the normal horn. The car drove really well. There were different settings so it can run either in normal mode, sport and mountain.

The only drawbacks I found with the car were:

- the seats are manual. (did I tell you I have an E 350?)

- there is no moon roof! (they weigh a lot so to not having one makes them more efficient)

- backseat to trunk no separation (you can buy an insert)

- sports seats (I need to lose some weight!)

All in all, I'm very excited and am anxiously awaiting the end of my lease. I will save a ton of money both in payments and in fuel costs!

Pictures Of Volts

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Nice detail on the leather seats, right?This is the special cayenne red inside panel. It is an upgrade. I like it but maybe it is too young for me?This is the speedometer area.  You can see it is all digital. This is where you can see how much gas vs. electric that you are using.This is the control panel.  It is all pressure touch sensitive. The car starts with a button like on a BMW. You just need to have the key with you. On this panel you can see weather forecasts, your radio, controls for the comfort etc.
Nice detail on the leather seats, right?
Nice detail on the leather seats, right?
This is the special cayenne red inside panel. It is an upgrade. I like it but maybe it is too young for me?
This is the special cayenne red inside panel. It is an upgrade. I like it but maybe it is too young for me?
This is the speedometer area.  You can see it is all digital. This is where you can see how much gas vs. electric that you are using.
This is the speedometer area. You can see it is all digital. This is where you can see how much gas vs. electric that you are using.
This is the control panel.  It is all pressure touch sensitive. The car starts with a button like on a BMW. You just need to have the key with you. On this panel you can see weather forecasts, your radio, controls for the comfort etc.
This is the control panel. It is all pressure touch sensitive. The car starts with a button like on a BMW. You just need to have the key with you. On this panel you can see weather forecasts, your radio, controls for the comfort etc.

Some Great Videos About The Volt

What Kind Of Car Will You Buy Next?

So - are you going with regular gas/diesel or will you get an electric car?

What I LOVE About Volt!

I will save up to $3,000 a year on fuel costs!

Items For Chevy Volt

These are some items I think might be good for your your Volt or that I may even be wanting to get for mine!

Husky Liners Front & 2nd Seat Floor Liners (Footwell Coverage) Fits 11-15 Volt
Husky Liners Front & 2nd Seat Floor Liners (Footwell Coverage) Fits 11-15 Volt

If you want to keep your car looking fresh and new these are a MUST have!

 
2012-2014 CHEVROLET Volt Aero Roof Rack System [Silver] (Not compatible with Glass Roof)
2012-2014 CHEVROLET Volt Aero Roof Rack System [Silver] (Not compatible with Glass Roof)

If you are a sports enthusiast you might want to think about these!

 
Speed Wheels 2011 Chevrolet Volt ~ Red (Series XIV)
Speed Wheels 2011 Chevrolet Volt ~ Red (Series XIV)

Share your excitement with the kids in your life.

 
GM # 20988807 Cargo Organizer - Rear Seat Storage/Barrier - Leather
GM # 20988807 Cargo Organizer - Rear Seat Storage/Barrier - Leather

I'm definitely getting this. It keeps the back seat out of the 'trunk' area.

 

Love to hear about how much you love your Volt or if you are just interested. Share your experiences and thoughts.

Please Share Your Volt Experiences

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hairdresser007 profile image
      Author

      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Felicitas: Thanks for the comments. Yes, I talked with some people and we were talking about the batteries. I guess they haven't really figured out how long they actually work and there doesn't seem to be a clear answer of what happens to them when they are done. Recycling? Not sure. So, I stuck with a normal car. I don't care about the electric waves. In that regard I'd agree with Tesla and have it all 'beamed' around. Thanks for visiting my lens!

    • Felicitas profile image

      Felicitas 3 years ago

      Electric vehicles are not anywhere near as green as we are led to believe. Two big concerns are the way the vehicles, more specifically, the batteries, are manufactured, and the way the electricity itself is generated. On top of that, the electricity we are surrounded by on a daily basis is already causing health issues for many people. Being literally enveloped in those electric fields is not a move I choose to make. Sorry to put a damper on the excitement. I know that we need to find something better than fossil fuels but we're not there yet.

    • Grifts profile image

      Devin Gustus 4 years ago

      Neat car. I happen to have 220 in my garage...

      I'm not in a position to get one now, but I will consider it.

    • Legenden profile image

      Legenden 4 years ago

      I want that car :D

    • blestman lm profile image

      blestman lm 4 years ago

      It would be nice if they could develop solar technology that could charge this car up in 4 hours. Then your mileage could be unlimited

    • Hairdresser007 profile image
      Author

      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @DoctorMo1: That's what the tesla s does just very expensive and beautiful!

    • DoctorMo1 profile image

      DoctorMo1 4 years ago

      Right now I drive a Prius. I believe when they develop electric cars to go 200 miles before needing a charge they will become more popular than gas cars.

    • yanksbeast777 profile image

      yanksbeast777 4 years ago

      I am very interested in having an electric car and the volt looks real nice!

    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is a nice car! I hope you are going to buy this soon :)

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      250 mpg! That's amazing!

    • profile image

      wilsonkht 4 years ago

      Well done, very nice car to have.