Fun Fact Friday – National Plug-In Day and the Chevrolet Volt
By: Stevie Hoey
September 21, 2012 10:35 am CT
This Sunday, September 23 is National Plug-In Day, a celebration of environmentally friendly advancements brought about by the development of electric vehicles. On this day, owners of vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt participate in special parades, car shows and other events across the nation. In fact, Illinois residents can attend a car show in Naperville featuring a variety of new and custom-built electric vehicles.
Keeping with the “green” theme, this week’s fun facts are about the electric Chevrolet Volt. Many of us know about the Volt’s ability to conquer range anxiety, the number of miles you can go before stopping to charge the vehicle. Instead of being unusable after the battery is empty, an onboard range extender recharges the batteries to power the vehicle.
In fact, Volt drivers have traveled 80 million miles on electricity alone and saved 4.36 million gallons of gas. But what happens when you need to plug in to charge the battery? Check out these fun facts to see how easy and affordable it is to charge the Volt.
- For less than the cost of a latte, you can fully charge your Chevrolet Volt and drive an EPA-estimated 38 miles gas-free for approximately $1.60 per day.
- You don’t need a special outlet to charge the Volt. A standard 120V charging unit† allows you to plug into an electrical outlet and fully charge the battery in about 10 to 16 hours.
- You can remotely “plug in” with your Volt with your smartphone. OnStar’s RemoteLink app enables Volt owners to check the charging status, know the battery level or even schedule a future time to plug the Volt in to charge.
How will you celebrate National Plug-In Day? Do you think the Volt would help you live a “greener” lifestyle? Fill out the form below for a chance to experience the benefits of driving an electric vehicle for a week.