Cars, Environment

Chevy Volt has increased range and is great car for commuters

I am surprised that I don’t see too many Chevy Volts on the roads in Ontario. It is a plug in hybrid. With a fully charged battery, you can drive up to 85 kilometers without using gas. If you use up all the energy in the battery, the car switches to a gas powered generator which will allow you to drive hundreds more kilometers. You can drive up to 675 km on a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas. You can fully recharge the battery in 4.5 hours.

If you live in Mississauga and commute to downtown Toronto, you will be able to make that commute to work and back using only the fully charged battery.

The government of Ontario just announced that they will be building 500 electric charging stations in Ontario. If you drive the Volt on a long trip in Ontario, you will be able to recharge it at different locations in Ontario.  If there is one near your place of work, you could double your daily range to 170 km without using any gas.

The Chevy Volt was was introduced in 2011.  The 2016 Volt received the Green Car of the Year from the Green Car Journal.

You will receive $11,877 rebate from the government of Ontario. You are also eligible to receive an additional $1,000 to be spent on installing a 240 volt charging station. You need this charging station to be able to fully charge the battery in 4.5 hours. You will receive subsidies to charge your electric vehicle at home for overnight for four years thanks to new climate change action plan promised by the Government of Ontario. This is part of Ontario’s 5 year Climate Change Action Plan. It has not been implemented as of yet.

This car is ideal for people who drive around 85 km a day. With the subsidized overnight charging you are assured of cost free 85 km a day. If you drive more than this distance, the gas powered generator will kick in and your savings will be less. When the gas powered generator does kick in, your fuel economy will be 5.6 L/100km which is still pretty good. The fuel economy of the 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid is 5.2 L/100km. When the gas powered generator kicks in, you are essentially driving a hybrid vehicle.

If you are thinking of buying an electric car right now, the Chevy Volt looks pretty good.


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