With gas prices fluctuating so much these last couple of years and the prices testing the limits of most American’s pocketbooks, why not look into something better? Sue Frentzel decided to be the first person to purchase the Chevy Volt from Jim Trenary, in Troy.
“I love it. It’s quiet and the performance, pickup and handling is all very smooth,” said Frentzel.
Frentzel just recently tested the limits of her Volt to see exactly how many miles she could personally get out of it before she had to fill up the gas tank. “It went about 600 miles,” said Frentzel.
The Volt is an electric car that has a backup gas tank, which basically runs like a gas generator once the battery has worn down. The average battery life is expected to last around eight years and can get anywhere from 37 to 40 miles on one full charge. Once the battery is low, the car can either be charged (plugged into any household outlet) or it will automatically switch over to the backup gas tank. On average, Frentzel’s Volt gets 200 plus miles per gallon. “I fill up about five gallons of gas maybe every other month,” Frentzel noted. The Volt takes only premium gas, but only having to fill it up once every other month is worth it.
Frentzel takes a 24 mile round trip to work, which is done strictly on battery. “I knew this car was going to work for me. I only have to use the gas when I take longer trips since the distance to my work and back is covered with the battery mileage,” said Frentzel. “I would never go back to a gas engine.”
Even though the Volt is an electric car that needs to be charged, Frentzel’s electric bill is only $30 – $35 more a month, apposed to what it would cost to buy gas once a week. Everything inside the car is done with a touch screen. The Volt displays a dashboard of buttons and 21st century technology to go with it. It is fully equipped with USB ports, and a mini computer where you can look up the battery percentage, control the temperature of the vehicle and even see where the energy is being used.
If you have any questions on the Chevy Volt, make sure to stop by Jim Trenary at 200 Park Place Drive, Troy, or call (855) 458-6436 for assistance.