In 2013, we embarked on a quest to discover more about electric vehicles and the benefit they can offer our membership. As part of our ongoing commitment to offering our members the best possible service, we continue to look for ways our membership can benefit from new and emerging technology.
On a fully charged battery and tank of gas, the Chevy Volt has an estimated total driving range of 379 miles. Because the Volt can use gasoline to create its own electricity in extended range mode, long trips are possible. The Volt is powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery (like those in cell phones or laptop computers, except much larger) for a typical driving range of 25-40 miles depending on temperature, terrain, driving technique and battery age (EPA estimates are 35 miles).
When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine generator seamlessly engages to generate electricity and extend the driving range until you can stop and plug in to recharge the battery