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Old 08-22-2018, 08:44 AM
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Chevy Volt

Now that I’ve been educamated on the difference between the Bolt and the Volt...

Karen and I looked at a Volt at a Knoxville Chevy dealer, Beatty Chevrolet, and I went for a short test drive.





In suburban Knoxville traffic, felt surprisingly normal in its all-electric mode, which is good for a claimed 50 miles or so. When that’s gone, a small gas engine kicks in to run a generator to keep the battery charged, for a total range approaching 400 miles. There’s a nice display in front of the driver showing electric and total miles remaining. Apple CarPlay is a plus.

Plugged into 120v it takes 13 hours to charge fully. 240v only 4.5 hours. 13 hours sounds like a long time, but unless the battery was at 0%, overnight should do it most of the time.

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2011 Ford Flex bought used which serves as a tow vehicle for our travel trailer

2005 Honda Element bought new with 200,000 miles as an all around knock-around vehicle

2006 Honda Ridgeline with 185,000 miles bought used recently as an airport truck for our TN property.

The Volt would replace the Element.

There is still a $7,500 tax credit on the Volt. If we do this, it would makes sense to do in in 2018. Most years we have little or no tax liability, but in 2018 we have substantial capital gains, and could use the full credit, effectively reducing the $34k price of the entry level Volt. The 2019’s are arriving soon, so we might be able to negotiate some savings on a 2018.

Or, we could just tamp down the new car fever and try to get a few more years out of the Element. That might mean losing the tax benefits, but should expand the field of hybrids available.

As an aside, we’re sitting on 100 shares of Tesla stock, which is mentally earmarked to pay for our next car. Current value is around $32k. The price of TSLA going forward may influence our decision.

Open to any input, pro or con.
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:20 AM
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Re: Chevy Volt


I'm about to turn 250,000 on an '07 toyota highlander hybrid. I have had few complaints about that car/suv.



Looking at a Rav4 with the tow package for my small trailer and trackbike, but I've read good stuff about the volt.


Nice timing with the tax write off.
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Old 08-22-2018, 12:33 PM
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I’d consider selling all Tesla stock...

My boss had the Volt...gave it to his son. He told me based off of the computer the gallons of gas he used compared to electric use commuting in Atlant for a few years and the gallons were incredibly low! Don’t recall exactly, but I was dumbstruck!
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Old 08-22-2018, 12:40 PM
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Re: Chevy Volt

I bet you can't hose out the Volt. The dogs will destroy that thing.
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Old 08-22-2018, 05:59 PM
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Re: Chevy Volt

Don't forget the capital gains on the shares...


But it sounds good to me!!!


Can the Volt bring you all the way to St-Georges as the Element did?


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We’re actively investigating options!

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It's a fake!



They're supposed to be made outta aluminum not stainless steel !
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Eddie,

My only concern would be battery life.

$$$$ to replace?

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My only concern would be battery life.

$$$$ to replace?

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I think its $4,000.
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Re: Chevy Volt

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I think its $4,000.

Not bad and it may have longer battery life than the Priuses (or is it “Priora” or “Prii”).
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Re: Chevy Volt

I just can’t entorse that choice
Given that BIG OIL is sending me money every month t’il I die :
Seriously: great choice, Nice colour and different technologies than the other hybrids, on my list for an possible new car
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Cool what is the towing capacity on that thing. I need to tow a trailer
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