|2012 Chevy Volt electric vehicle|
Since we charge the vehicle largely from solar, the EV range of around 33 miles is literally a free ride for us (with zero carbon emissions!). When the battery is low, the gas generator allows us to continue driving at about 40MPG.
Observant passengers often notice that I leave the shift lever in "L" and not in "D". Since this is an electric vehicle, the designations of Low and Drive are irrelevant, so GM just left the labels there as a convention. "L" mode simply enables an aggressive regenerative braking feature that allows for one pedal driving. By lifting your foot off the accelerator the vehicle slows so dramatically that you barely need to touch the brake pedal as you come to a stop. This feature puts a great deal more energy back into the battery as it is recovered by the electric motor.
I have devoted a page of my web site to all the features of my Volt and it's performance and energy use/savings. It is such an amazing vehicle - GM totally got it right with this one, and owners all agree by giving it the highest customer satisfaction ratings year after year. With over 40K miles on my 2012 Volt I still consider it the best vehicle I have ever owned and love driving it.