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"Confessions of a Chevy Volt Owner." A surprising, frank interview with an owner of a Volt after one year of driving.
203 miles per gallon in the first year at 16,000 miles. Not a typo. His previous car, a Volvo, got 18 miles per gallon. (I get about 28 mpg in my ol’ benz.)
"I wish I bought the car. I absolutely love it." He leased it because he was skeptical of owning it. But, wishes he bought it.
"I didn’t buy it to save money." The biggest surprise here. He bought it to help eliminate the need for oil.
"My home electricity bill is about the same as when my daughter lived here in high school." After a year of plugging it in to his home, his electricity bill remains the same and didn’t go up as expected.
He responds to the common criticism, “The Chevy Cruze is cheaper.” "Well, a bicycle is even cheaper and saves more gas than the Cruze. So is a used car. So is walking. Look, this isn’t about money, it’s about oil."
The interview is short and surprising. Have a look.
UPDATE: Life Cycle Analysis suggests that electric vehicles produce the same emissions as a small car. Savings begin after about 80,000 miles. See here.
UPDATE II: See this short paper by German researchers comparing hybrid vehicle technologies. Concludes that EVs have built-in pollution problems at the supply chain side, which offset any savings on the consumer side. Couldn’t find a specific LCA on the Volt, though. Electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid energy efficiency and life cycle emissions (PDF).

"Confessions of a Chevy Volt Owner." A surprising, frank interview with an owner of a Volt after one year of driving.

  • 203 miles per gallon in the first year at 16,000 miles. Not a typo. His previous car, a Volvo, got 18 miles per gallon. (I get about 28 mpg in my ol’ benz.)
  • "I wish I bought the car. I absolutely love it." He leased it because he was skeptical of owning it. But, wishes he bought it.
  • "I didn’t buy it to save money." The biggest surprise here. He bought it to help eliminate the need for oil.
  • "My home electricity bill is about the same as when my daughter lived here in high school." After a year of plugging it in to his home, his electricity bill remains the same and didn’t go up as expected.
  • He responds to the common criticism, “The Chevy Cruze is cheaper.” "Well, a bicycle is even cheaper and saves more gas than the Cruze. So is a used car. So is walking. Look, this isn’t about money, it’s about oil."

The interview is short and surprising. Have a look.

UPDATE: Life Cycle Analysis suggests that electric vehicles produce the same emissions as a small car. Savings begin after about 80,000 miles. See here.

UPDATE II: See this short paper by German researchers comparing hybrid vehicle technologies. Concludes that EVs have built-in pollution problems at the supply chain side, which offset any savings on the consumer side. Couldn’t find a specific LCA on the Volt, though. Electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid energy efficiency and life cycle emissions (PDF).

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      I SHOULD REALLY LOOK INTO THIS. I sometime end up driving an average of 350 miles per week…. cause of school.
    3. swagandpassion reblogged this from climateadaptation and added:
      interesting…
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    19. smarterplanet reblogged this from climateadaptation and added:
      “Confessions of a Chevy Volt Owner.” A surprising, frank interview with an owner of a Volt after one year of driving....
    20. medampudi reblogged this from climateadaptation and added:
      When r we getting them here.
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      nice dude/