Gottfried Keller

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The VOLT Experience:

Here you will find information about the VOLT. Click on the following link to get information about the experience from VOLT Owners.

 

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Hello Gottfried,

 

R. and I are loving the 2012 Volt!  We charge it overnight, and I make it to work, which is about 25 miles away, using my charged battery.  Then I am able to charge at work, so I make it home using no gas, too!  I now have 5500 miles on the car, and I have probably filled up with gas 4 times. 

 

The Volt is unbelievably peppy, too.  In the sport mode it is quick and agile, which I like since I drive in a lot of traffic each day.  Probably my favorite part of the whole car is its look ? both inside and out.  The fit and finish are just beautiful!  We get lots of compliments and questions when we drive it from curious people.  And the On Star availability is awesome!!  I have used it so many times just to have directions sent to my navigation system.  We also love that it has the 5 star safety rating ? especially since I am always driving around my 3 year old. 

 

Having been an owner of foreign cars for the last 12 years, I am very proud to say I bought a Chevrolet!  We couldn?t be happier with our decision on buying the Volt!

 

Thanks for all your help, Gottfried!!

 

J.and R.

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Hi Gottfried,

 

I am very happy with my VOLT. It?s very nice not having to stop at the gas station and not having to pay for gasoline. I hear in the news that gas prices are going up and it?s nice to know that this will not affect me directly. Since October 2011 when I bought the VOLT, I have only filled up the gas tank twice. The only reason I needed to use gas at all was that I have made a couple of trips out of town which required that I use the gasoline range extender motor. The driving experience is excellent in the pure electric mode and in the range extender mode. I am very pleased with the way the VOLT handles. The instant torque makes the car accelerate and feel like a sports car. The battery range is enough for me to drive back and forth to work and stop to make errands without using a drop of gas. 

Because the VOLT is a completely new concept, I get a lot of questions from friends, family and complete strangers who are mostly amazed by the look of the car and how quietly it moves

Thanks for helping me find the right car for me.

JR S

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Gottfried Keller

Ferman Chevrolet
Tarpon Springs, Fl.

 

I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you how pleased I am with my recent purchase of my Chevy Volt. Over the last 5 years my wife and I have owned three new cars, Lexus ES 300, Ford King Ranch, Toyota Highlander. The Volt ranks right up there with the best of them.

The Volt offers the best of all these cars, quality performance, styling, and comfort. To have all this then add 100 plus miles to the gallon, sign me up.

The Volt to date has exceeded my expectations. I could not be more pleased. I really believe if you drive the Volt you will buy one.

 

Thanks,

S.

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April 27

Maine Voices: Chevy Volt highlights U.S. auto industry's ingenuity, innovation

For those who drive short distances each day, it's possible to go months without using gas.

By PETER L. MURRAY

PORTLAND - The Chevrolet Volt, brought to market by General Motors in 2011 after years of painstaking engineering development, is a triumph of American engineering ingenuity.

 

It is the world's first mass-produced electric automobile with a range-extending on-board gasoline generator. For the first 35 to 40 miles after a full charge, the Volt runs on its massive lithium-ion battery, which powers two electric motors attached to the front wheels.

When the battery becomes about two-thirds depleted, the gasoline-powered generator comes on automatically and pours enough additional juice into the battery to keep the car running indefinitely. It is driven 100 percent of the time by its electric motors, with energy supplied by the battery or by the on-board generator.

Many of us commuting drivers are able to do our workday driving wholly on the battery, which can be recharged each night. We can go weeks and months without consuming any gasoline. But when we need to go on a trip, the gas generator is there, and we can go as far as we like at the equivalent of about 34 miles per gallon.

GM got the utility of the Volt exactly right based on the current state of electric car technology. Many, many of us drive limited distances each day. A 40-mile battery can cover a great deal of our daily driving. But when we have to go on a trip, we can do so.

Those of us who own and drive Volts are the most enthusiastic group of car owners in the U.S. We are glad to be reducing our use of expensive and polluting hydrocarbons in our daily driving. We love the power and silent smoothness of electric drive. We are continually impressed by the quality and ingenuity that GM's engineers have built into this remarkable car.

The attacks on the Volt by some conservative pundits and tea party political figures are somewhat mystifying. All of us who own and drive Volts do so as a matter of personal choice. No one is saying that anybody should be required to drive a Volt.

While we are very happy with our choices to buy and lease Volts, we fully respect the choices of others who prefer to drive other kinds of vehicles.

If it is the federal energy efficiency tax credit that offends, we should keep in mind that most major technical innovations, whether in drug research, development of military hardware with later civilian applications or in the prospecting for oil and fossil fuels, are supported by government subsidies or tax preferences of some kind. As battery technology improves and costs come down, the need for such pump priming will drop off. Future Volts, like the Toyota Prius and other innovative autos, will compete with conventional vehicles on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

We take no issue with the calculations and projections of those who argue that Volt owners are not likely to recover the additional cost of their cars from fuel savings at present day gasoline prices. Owners of premium quality cars generally buy them for reasons other than cost savings. The quality and pleasure of electric drive are by themselves enough to justify the Volt's premium price. Savings in gasoline costs, reduction in use of foreign oil and cutting emissions into the atmosphere are all incidental pluses that contribute to the overall Volt-owning experience.

Those who ridicule and poke fun at this remarkable American engineering achievement should take a Volt for a test drive. The torque, power and smoothness of electric drive are immediately, and most pleasurably, evident. Once one has driven electric, it is very hard to go back to a reciprocating gas or diesel engine linked by a transmission to a drive train.

The Volt is the creation of American private industrial enterprise. Conceived and engineered prior to the GM bailout, it shows the world the quality of American innovation and industrial development. Rather than attack our most remarkable recent automotive achievement, we Americans should take our hats off to GM, its farsighted executives and its talented engineers.

As more of us get to know the Volt, its ground-breaking role as America's first extended range electric car will become evident to all.

Peter L. Murray lives in Portland.

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 Car chargers abound in Chicago

Drivers can venture farther confidently

February 16, 2012

 

 

By Julie Wernau,  Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO -- In the early days of the electric vehicle, they called it "opportunity charging." You plugged in wherever you could.

"Laundromats, gas stations that have an outlet, car washes, hotels, churches, friends' houses ... everywhere and everything," said Todd Dore, a North Riverside, Ill., resident who converted his first gas vehicle to electric in 2003.

With the delivery of the all-electric Nissan Leaf and plug-in Chevy Volt to early adopters in 2011, Dore isn't the only pioneer getting around without gasoline.

Drivers can choose from more than 100 places to charge up in the area to eliminate so-called range anxiety (the fear of being stranded with no juice left in the battery). And for the first time, the charging stations in his downtown parking garage are frequently in use when he pulls up.

"Any given week, there are more electric vehicles wanting to charge than there are charging stations," he said. "This is my nirvana. These are the days I've wanted to see for the last 10 years."

Take a spin around the Chicago Auto Show, and you'll find no shortage of vehicles getting an electric boost. There are hybrids that use a gas engine to charge the battery, hybrids that have sockets for plugging in and, of course, totally electric vehicles.

Even several tried-and-true models on the showroom floor now offer various levels of electrification.

The 2013 Ford Fusion -- hitting the market this fall -- is available as a hybrid, electric plug-in or regular old internal combustion. Beginning this March, hybrid granddaddy Toyota Prius is offering a plug-in in some states rated at 95 m.p.g.-equivalent that, when charged, would allow the vehicle to run on battery power longer and at higher speeds.

But if there's a full-blown revolution coming, it isn't here yet. Though the hybrid market is growing, in 2012 it comprises just 2.46% of the overall market. Electric vehicle sales represent less than 1%, according to industry watcher Edmunds.com.

"We're in the covered-wagon days of this industry," said Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst with Edmunds. "We're in a pioneering time."

Electric vehicles are still a hard sell for the average consumer. The price tag is high, and the lower fuel costs don't immediately make up the difference. Charging stations are available but not on every corner, and most take hours, instead of minutes. Even the best-laid plans can leave some motorists doing just about anything to hold their battery's charge, particularly in cold weather.

Just ask Paul Becker, 40, who lives in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. He had his Nissan Leaf only a month before he traded it in for a Chevy Volt. He had paid $38,000 for the Leaf and managed to get $37,000 back at the Chevy dealer.

In the cold(ish) Chicago weather, he was getting about 60 miles range on a charge with the Leaf. To get home from Morton Arboretum with their two small children, he and his wife were forced to drive with the heat off and at lower speeds to conserve battery power.

"With the Volt, if you have something unexpected come up, you just go," he said. The Volt is a plug-in vehicle that switches to gasoline if the battery power runs out, extending its range beyond that of a fully electric vehicle. "We thought that if we had a longer trip we would just rent a car, but in practice, we found we didn't do it."

In the Volt, Becker has managed to stay on battery power most of the time, charging up as often as possible. The benefit: In electric mode, he said, he's paying about 20 cents every 30 miles by charging up at night at a 220V charger he had installed on the outside of his house.

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