More than 40 Chevy Volt owners gathered at my parents’ Pleasanton home on Saturday, July 28, for the first Northern California Chevy Volt Block Party. There was music, Volt test drives and food provided by the popular Bay Area food truck, The Twister Truck. I served as the Chevy host at the party to talk with owners and show GM’s appreciation. I am happy to say my mother, Cheryl Balch, is among those who decided to cut her gas bills and become a Volt owner.
For those who haven’t seen Volt owners raving about their cars during the commercial breaks in your favorite television shows, here is a quick breakdown of how the Volt works:
For the first 38 miles, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.
Owners at the party were quick to show their support for the extended-range electric vehicle and praised its handling and styling. A majority of the Volt owners explained that they regularly average over 250 miles per gallon and rarely visit the pump. Solar power was a preferred method of charging for owners who are dedicated to driving electric as much as possible and enjoy the feeling of “driving on sunshine.”
Chevy will be hosting additional Volt Block Parties in the near future so be sure to check back in for updates. To learn more about the Volt and upcoming events in the Bay Area check out www.TheFutureIsElectric.com.