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Why My 2014 Chevy Volt Uses Less Gas Than My All-Electric Car Did Page 2


2014 Chevrolet Volt with owner Ben RIch

2014 Chevrolet Volt with owner Ben RIch

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The other important factor to use minimal gas in a Volt is that my daily driving needs must fall within the 38-mile rated range of the battery--and they do.

The furthest I drive in a normal day is 37.4 miles to get into NYC, then back home to New Jersey. So my daily driving will be battery-powered, regardless of vehicle.

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Even with the Volt in range-extending mode running on the gasoline engine, it would only use 20.0 gallons of gas on my trip--a significant savings over the rental car.

If you want to drive electric but don't have the luxury of having a second car the Volt is an excellent transition car from gas to electric.

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The Volt, the 2014 BMW i3 REx (range-extended model), and the Cadillac ELR luxury coupe are the only cars that let you drive using entirely on electric power until the battery is depleted. Only then will the gas engine turn on.

The Volt and i-MiEV aren't really comparable cars, except both will get you from point A to point B. The i-MiEV is a very minimal vehicle, and I suspect only people who don't enjoy or appreciate cars will want to drive one.

The Volt is a really nice car, and the acceleration is impressive--making it far more enjoyable to drive than my little Mitsubishi.

Finally, for those of you about to comment that this trip would be possible entirely on electric power in a Tesla Model S: Yes, that is true. We know that. And when the Tesla Model 3 comes out (in 2018 or thereabouts), I hope its effective price compares to that of the Volt.

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