Though not free, electricity is considerably less than $3.38 per gallon.
Mike and Rhonda Moore get around town by paying their electric bill each month, not by stopping at the gas station.
“We have one Chevy Volt, and another on the way,” says Mike Moore. “It’s a great car. With the tax credit (up to $7,500), the low cost to run, it’s very affordable. Plus, it’s just fun to drive.”
The Moores, with their three daughters, put more than 60,000 combined miles on their vehicles.
“Last month, I drove 1,200 miles in the Volt,” says Moore. “I used 1.2 gallons of gas and spent $35 in electricity to charge it. That’s about 1,000 miles per gallon. You can hardly go wrong with that.”
The Chevy Volt is a battery-operated vehicle, using a 16.5 kilowatt lithium ion battery to propel the car. A 1.4 liter engine recharges the battery when needed. With just the battery, the car can travel between 30 and 50 miles without a recharge, depending on the weather.
“I can just about get to work and back without the generator kicking in,” says Moore. “But, with the nine-gallon tank, we can drive more than 300 miles without stopping for gas.
“It’s fun to drive, too,” he says. “With the electric motor, all the torque is up front. It can be a Corvette off the line, for about the first 20 feet. It just feels very sporty.”
The gas-powered generator keeps the batteries charged while driving, but electricity from an outlet can recharge while it sits. A 110-volt outlet will charge the battery fully in about 10 hours; a 220-volt outlet will charge it in about half the time.
“We’ve installed a 220 plug in the garage to for recharges,” says Moore. “I really like that I can plug in and drive. When driving north on I-35, and seeing the wind-powered generators, it gives me great satisfaction knowing my carbon footprint is so small with this car. This car is a game changer.”
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