2017 Chevrolet Volt LT Electric with 1.5L Generator from North America
Amazing car and a great first EV
The car would not start and stated "StabiliTrac Failure". When checked there were a numerous codes and I was afraid the car had suffered a catastrophic failure. Turned out the 12V battery had run low which makes the computers go crazy. Charging the battery resolved all issues.
I had a problem with my charger. I took it to the closest dealer and it came back working but nobody could tell me what the issue was. The tech told me I needed to check my home wiring to make sure it was putting out at least 12V, which does not even make sense. I got the impression they did not want to mess with EVs if they could help it. I noticed only one Bolt for sale on the lot as I left. I looked online and found a dealer with at least ten Bolts and a few Volts for sale a little bit farther away and have been going to them ever since. I have heard this is a pretty common problem for not just Chevy but other companies that sell both gas and electric vehicles. Many dealers are not interested in trying to support both types of vehicles. Before buying my Volt I contacted the local non-dealer shop I get most of my work done at and confirmed they would not only work on the Volt, but had EV certified techs on staff that could do it properly.
There is a known issue with the cruise control failing to engage. There is a brake sensor that acts up so the car thinks you are pressing the brake. If you take it to the shop they can't find any codes because the car thinks it is working as intended. I have had this happen a few times, but not often enough to do anything about it.
I was not looking for an electric vehicle, I just needed a small to mid-sized hatchback to drive for work. I wanted something a little fun to drive, but wanted good gas mileage. The Volt was a win in every category; it is cheaper to drive and performs better than anything else I considered.
I was interested in EVs but was nervous about buying something so different than I was used to. Most EVs in my budget had a pretty short range, would that work for me? The Volt can run on gas if needed so range is not an issue. I got the CarMax warranty because I did could not identify most of the parts under the hood and had no idea what it cost to fix any of it. The Volt has been referred to as a "gateway EV", because like many Volt owners after owning it I would have no hesitation in buying a full EV.
The tires it comes with were designed for maximum efficiency, but handled poorly and as they wore down they got very loud. I opted for better handling all weather tires and did not worry about the economy. I am even more impressed with the car now, it handles great and while not Mercedes level quiet, for a compact Chevy hatchback the noise level is impressively low. If the tires hurt the economy it was not enough for me to notice.
I normally put gas in the Volt about once every three months. That has resulted in an interesting side effect, when I drive my wife's SUV she has to remind me to get gas, I forget to pay attention to the fuel gauge. The tank only holds 8 gallons so I have never spent over $20 filling the tank.
While my wife thinks the Volt is too small, she likes how quiet, smooth and surprisingly powerful it is. Her biggest complaint is that it sits too low which makes it hard for her to get out of. She has her eye on the Cadillac Lyriq, their up-coming electric SUV.
There is a great community around the Volt. Check out the Facebook groups or online forums.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th May, 2021