Today we take a look at how much electricity it takes to charge a Chevy Volt. Before we attempt to answer this question, let’s take a look at some of the basics…
The Chevrolet Volt was first introduced on the U.S. market in December of 2010. Since then, the car has managed to become the best selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) world wide. The Volt owes much of its success to owners in the United States, but has also been wildly successful in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and China. Like other PHEVs the Volt uses a combination of electric power and gasoline to make the car go. When the car’s battery runs out of electricity, it switches over to the car’s internal combustion engine (ICE) for power. The latest generation of Volts can achieve an all-electric range of up to 53 miles on a single charge. Combined electric and gas range tops out at over 400 miles.
The Volt is not to be confused with the Bolt, an all-electric vehicle (EV) from Chevy that does NOT contain an ICE and relies solely on electric power. While I personally own an EV as I have mentioned previously, a PHEV makes a whole lot of sense to me. With the average American daily commute distance of 16 miles each way, most Volt drivers will not need to use gas unless they are traveling. Until EV infrastructure catches up, PHEVs like the Volt are a perfect choice for environmentally-conscious people who may need to travel longer distances from time to time.
Get to the Point!
So, how much electricity does it take to charge the Chevy Volt? Depending on which generation you own the answer to that question is between 16 and 18 kilowatt hours (kWh). The battery in the Volt is not as big as the batteries found in pure EVs. Depending on method, the Volt will take between 2 and 13 hours to fully charge. Both level 1 and level 2 charging systems can be used to charge the car’s electric battery.
What’s the Cost?
Well, costs to operate the Volt are going to vary depending on location and driving habits. The Volt gets just under 3 miles of range per kWh of electricity. For a driver like me who lives in Virginia and only drives around 10 miles per day, it would cost me around ten dollars a month in electricity if I only drove the Volt to work and back. This is assuming that I kept the battery charged enough to complete my daily commute without the ICE kicking on. Drivers with commutes longer than 50 or so miles per day may find themselves spending more on both electricity and gas, which is to be expected of course. No matter how you slice it, you will save money by choosing the Volt over a traditional ICE car. You will also reduce your carbon footprint and aid in advancing green technology. All of these are excellent reasons to consider a PHEV like the Volt for your next purchase.
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