This post is sponsored by the Chevrolet Volt. Electric when you want it, gas when you need it. Note: The 2012 Chevy Volt offers an EPA-estimated 35 miles on a full charge based on 94 MPGe [electric] and an additional 340 miles with a full tank based on 35 city, 40 MPG highway [gas]. Actual range varies with conditions.
The Chevy Volt is unique among electric cars because it runs on two sources of energy. You have an electric source – a battery – that allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 35 miles. And there’s also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go farther. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that, too. Feeling all charged up? Check out what this current Chevy Volt driver has to say about his unique driving lifestyle:
Adam Meltzer’s life is anything but predictable. With three jobs and plenty of running around to do come the weekend, he says he relies on his Volt to keep him moving and motivated. “In Los Angeles you spend a lot of time in your car. If your car is not comfortable, it’s like working in an uncomfortable desk chair with a bad computer screen,” he says. Luckily, he loves his ride. “Before this car I didn’t even like driving. It was something I had to do.”
Meltzer says his affinity for the Volt has everything to do with how the car appeals to his environmentally conscious side. “The Volt for me has been an opportunity to step into a luxury car, not at a luxury price, and at the same time contribute to the ongoing conversation about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks in the world.” In fact, Meltzer feels like he is making a statement every time he gets behind the wheel. “When I get in front of large SUVs on the road and they see the back of my car, maybe they’ll think for a minute: ‘Why am driving this out-of-date gas guzzler?’ he says.
The Volt has definitely made the term “gas guzzler” a thing of the past for Meltzer. “I get about 175 mpg, and drive mostly electric,” he says. His favorite place to charge up is at the Electric Lodge Arts and Environment Center in Venice. “It’s 20 miles from my house. I top off my battery, and I can pretty much get anywhere else in Los Angeles,” he says. Overall, Meltzer highly recommends the Volt to people every chance he gets. “It’s modern, sleek, technologically sophisticated, and most importantly, doesn’t pollute the air [when in electric mode].”
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