Jack Maxton Chevrolet has had the Volt at the dealership for a couple months now. It is still bizarre to see a car plugged into an outlet outside, but it really makes you think about how far we have come in the last 100 years. Just coming off the celebration of Chevy’s 100 year birthday, the buzz of that excitement is still in the air. At Jack Maxton Chevrolet we celebrated with a free iPad drawing, free lottery tickets, hot dogs, lemonade, and free inspections on GM vehicles. We were honored to celebrate and share the history of Chevrolet.
Our lucky recipient of the iPad, Paula, was very excited to be the winner and receive the popular prize before the Holidays. With the Holidays approaching very rapidly, some lucky people will wake up to a shiny new car on December 25th. That is why we thought it would be helpful to share an article from http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com. Jay Leno, whom we all know as a funny comedian and an avid car lover, has driven his Volt 11,000 miles without refueling. Talk about electric mileage!
“I took delivery of the Volt on Dec. 12 last year,” Mr. Leno said in a telephone interview before appearing Tuesday at a Chevrolet event held in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show, “and I’ve never had to put gas in it yet.”
Peter Kramer/KRAPE, via Associated Press – Mr. Leno, in a file photo from 2010
The comedian and late night television host said he had put about 11,000 miles on his Chevrolet Volt in the last 11 months.
“They gave it to me with a full tank of gas,” he said. The tank, by the way, holds 9.3 gallons. “I’ve used less than half of that.”
Mr. Leno’s expansive garage is inBurbank, and every car is maintained with a full tank of gas, current registration and valid insurance, so he can select any one of them for a drive. Some of the cars are almost never driven. That is not true of his Volt. It has quickly become a favorite.
“It’s my daily driver,” he said. “It really is. I commute in it to work every day. My commute, and all my other daily running around, totals less than 35 miles.”
Chevrolet claims the Volt can travel about 40 miles on electric power alone, under normal driving conditions, before the juice in the batteries would be depleted, after which the car’s small gasoline engine would provide added range.
“You get 40 miles free, as they say,” Mr. Leno said. “Because of the way I drive it, it almost never kicks into gasoline mode.”
Mr. Leno echoed one of the primary marketing points used by Chevrolet to differentiate the Volt from purely electric cars like the Nissan Leaf. “I mean, I could jump in it and drive to Vegas,” he said, a trip of about 280 miles door-to-door fromBurbank. “They say the range is something like 400 miles.” The Leaf can travel roughly 100 miles before requiring a charge.
Aside from the mileage, Mr. Leno said he was also pleased with the rest of the car, especially its technology. “It’s a real breakthrough,” he said. “I know people probably get tired of hearing me say that. But it really is.”
So…11,000 miles? Without getting gas? We reiterate again that the relative comparison is around $1.25 for electric charge as opposed to the average $3.25 for a gallon of gasoline. What? You can still buy coffee at the gas station cheaper!