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King of Long-Range PHEVs
2017 Chevy Volt
Base MSRP: From $33,220
- LT – From $33,220
- Premier – From $37,570
Tax Credit: Up to $7,500
Battery Size: 18.4 kWh
EPA Range: 53 electric miles, 420 total miles
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.6kW
Performance: 1.5-liter, inline-4, 149 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 42 – 43 mpg
Price estimate: $33,220 to $37,570
Warranty: 3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 5 years / 100,000 miles
Roadside Assistance: 5 years/ 100,000 miles
Corrosion Warranty: 6 years / 100,000 miles
2017 Chevy Volt Review
Last year, Chevrolet decided it was time to totally rebadge its plug-in hybrid and the result was rather spectacular. Take a good look at the 2017 Chevy Volt, because it’s far better than first-generation models.
If you purchase the 2017 Volt, expect to hear the following: “What’s that?” The Volt went from a rather nondescript design to a sleek, contemporary appearance with definite curb appeal. Some astute car observers are suggesting the Volt resembles a modernized Honda Civic.
A five-seat, plug-in hybrid hatchback sedan, the Volt has an extremely attractive exterior look, but that’s merely part of the overall story.
Forget about how the Volt looks for a moment. Let’s face it, people buy a hybrid-electric car for the gas savings. The Volt delivers quite a bit in that department, upping its electricity-only total by 25 percent to a 53-mile range (the original Volt only went about 38 miles). Depending on the length of the work commute, one could conceivably drive the Volt and never use a drop of gas all week.
Front seat occupants enjoy a fair amount of leg and head room. Thanks to a wide battery pack, it can get very cramped in the back, especially if a third person squeezes in. The luggage area is 10.6 cubic feet, which works fine for trips to the grocery store. There’s quite a bit more room when the rear seat folds down. Other highlights of last year’s major redesign included an improved hybrid drive system, better infotainment controls, more electric range, and going from a four to five-passenger capacity.
There are some nice features that were added to a visually pleasing Volt interior. The touch screen and has updated the graphics, while eliminating some of the previous buttons. Many of the functions can be done from the steering wheel.
Charging and Mileage
The new gasoline engine gets 42-43 mpg and a full tank should lead to roughly 420 miles. And that’s with a nine-gallon fuel tank? It takes approximately 4½ hours to recharge a fully depleted battery (from a 240-volt power).
Vehicle Power and Speed
The Chevy Volt features a 1.5-liter, inline-4 engine that generates 149 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque. It has a dual-electric motor/generator and 18.4 kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack. The Volt is quicker than ever before, due to the new engine and electric motor. It has surprising acceleration in freeway passing situations and on fairly significant hills one experiences no lack of performance. Chevy says the new Volt is a half-second quicker going 0-60 mph than older models. In electric mode, the Volt reportedly goes 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds and 7.5 seconds on gasoline. That’s pretty good acceleration for a “green” car.
A redesigned, two-motor electric drive system has eliminated nearly 100 pounds from the Volt powertrain. And thanks to a lighter battery pack, the vehicle is 200 pounds lighter overall.
Besides the performance, the Volt also delivers responsive handling and can take on some challenging turns with no problem. Another plus is the Volt is extremely quiet and provides a smooth ride. We also loved the Volt’s regenerative braking. The steering wheel paddle activates the “Regen On Demand,” slowing the car considerably while extending the life of the battery.
One expects the Volt to be a bit pokey, but that’s not the case. In fact, the Volt is surprisingly quick and peppy, making it fun to drive.
A sizable list of upgrades with the redesign certainly raises the profile of the 2017 Chevy Volt. If this is a commuter car, most people can get to work and back several times without recharging the battery. The appealing design, combined with the surprising performance and solid handling, add to the Volt’s great overall appeal.
Media Video Review: Chevy Volt
Recommended Charging Stations = LCS-20
Recommended Power Level of Charging Station = 16A
Vehicle Acceptance Rate: 3.6kW
Ideal Charging Station Recommendations:
Chevy Volt and Other EV Drivers Charge Up with ClipperCreek
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We purchased the HCS-40 to charge a Chevy Volt. It was more power than we needed, but we wanted to future-proof as we are expecting more EVs in our future (hopefully a Tesla next!). Our electrician had never installed an EV charger before and he said it was very simple, straightforward and the instructions from ClipperCreek were very well written and easy to follow. It took him less than an hour and it was under $100 for installation. I’m so happy I went with ClipperCreek as they have the longest charging cables (25 feet) you can buy and after the station was installed close to our panel (most cost effective place) and after we run it up the ceiling and over to the car, it just reaches the charge port perfectly. Any shorter would have resulted in us moving the station closer to the car, which would have been fine, but costlier to install. We’ve used the station for over a year, every day, never had a glitch. ClipperCreek has the best reputation and they’re made in the USA!
I installed the HSC-40 a couple of weeks ago. I needed a new EVSE because I moved and the buyer of my old house wanted my old Blink EVSE which was installed in my old garage. I heard great things about ClipperCreek on some EV forums, so I decided to make this purchase. It arrived in the mail much faster than I anticipated.
It was well packaged and arrived in perfect condition. It is a great looking unit, and seems very well built. I noticed right away that the “click” you hear from the unit when the charge begins is much quieter that the “Thump” from my old Blink EVSE. I love having a level 2 EVSE for my 2013 Chevy Volt. It charges my fully depleted battery in about 4 hours ( this is a limitation of the 3.3 Kwh charger on the Volt). I purchase the HSC-40 so I would be “future proofed” for my next EV. I look forward to many years of use for this great product.