Drivin' on Sunshine
I was out of town on business last week, so I didn't get to post anything - sorry!
BUT...guess what I did when I got back! I leased a new Chevy Bolt EV!!!
Ever since I saw that Chevrolet was coming out with this new car well over a year ago, I've been telling Melissa, that's going to be my next car. Well, now it is.
Here are the specs: It goes about 240 miles on a charge, has a lot of electronic gadgets (which I like) and its a hatchback so I can now haul stuff around (which I couldn't with my previous car.)
After charging the car overnight, we drove up to Mount Mitchell (elevation 6684) yesterday. It was a champ - has a lot of torque, super zippy and fun to drive. When we left the house, it said we had about 250 miles of range in the battery. When we reached the parking area at Mt Mitchell, it said we had 165 left. Now, the whole drive is only 36 miles, so you can tell that there is quite a climb that used up a lot of juice. Here's the cool part - because we were going downhill all the way back, when we got back to the house, it said we had 265 miles of range left - we generated it all back!!!
I'm really excited to be driving this great new EV! I believe it is so important to create demand for these new clean technologies. GM did a great job with this car, especially with the threat of competition from Tesla and its new Model 3.
Melissa has had a Chevy Volt for the past couple of years and she loves it. We especially love having solar panels on our house, so plugging in means running on sunshine!
The reason I leased the car (I normally like to buy) is because in 3 years, who knows where the technology is going to be. I'll be ready by then to move into the next generation of EVs that may drive over 500 miles. It's a very exciting time!!!
The first challenge will be in two weeks when I head to Raleigh on business and have to charge while on the road. I'll keep you up to date.
I have to give a shout out to my salesperson over at Boyd in Hendersonville, Chris Taggert. He did a great job helping me with the car and negotiating a price/payment/trade-in deal that worked out for us all. Click on his name if you want him to help you out with a new Bolt! Tell him I sent you.