The Green Living Guy

Where is the Chevy Volt today?

Chevy Volt launch party in 2009 around the time I was writing the book Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.  All for @tab_diy look who’s selling electric drive vehicles now?!?! #chevyvolt #chevy #pluginhybridelectricvehicle #phev #plugin #volt #cars #car

Inside the Chevy Volt.

Just another #Chevyvolt in Briarcliff Manor Yo!!


Electric cars are just beginning to hit U.S. highways. However, if the most recent Nielsen Energy Survey is any indication, they should receive a huge welcome. An overwhelming 85% of American consumers say they would be interested in purchasing a plug-in electric vehicle.  For I mean either right away (3%). Then when their current car needs replacement (57%). Finally or when the technology is proven and becomes mainstream (25%).

One consumer who won’t be waiting is MXenergy CEO, Jeffrey Mayer. Mayer, head of one of the nation’s leading independent energy providers, was one of the first in line to order his “Victory Red” Chevy Volt.

“The Volt and other plug-in vehicles getting ready to hit showroom floors represent a huge step forward for the sustainability movement,” says Mayer. “The large-scale production of electric cars is something many people feared might remain just a dream. I for one can’t wait to be a part of that dream becoming a reality.”

While U.S. drivers seem ready to embrace the electric car, they also have a strong preference as to the type of vehicle they prefer. 58% of customers prefer plug-in hybrid electric versions (PHEV) such as the Chevy Volt today. I mean to electric-only models such as the Nissan Leaf. PHEV’s have a much greater range than their electric-only counterparts. According to E Source, younger drivers are more willing to go to the electric-only routes with their vehicle choice.

Regardless of which version people prefer, Mayer says the greening of America’s highways is exciting to see.

“People realize we have to dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil and do all we can to lessen our environmental impact as well. The introduction of electric vehicles into the marketplace is a transformational moment for the automotive industry and the sustainability movement.”

Celebrating its twelfth anniversary this month, MXenergy has long been on the forefront of the sustainability movement. Created by Mayer in 1999, the company has continually strived to empower and educate customers to live more sustainable lives through carbon neutrality, the purchase of carbon offsets, renewable energy products and educational programming, in the form of MXenergyTV, an On-Demand cable channel airing in the northeast United States.

So the test for 2014 was done during this past winter and the story focused on that aspect of the Volt technology. Here is a segment:

Part of Test Drive Winter Results

Even though this particular test was performed in the coldest part of the winter, the 2014 Chevrolet Volt stood out. The average mpg was 97 mpg. The worst mpg was 75 mpg and the best was 999 miles per gallon.

EV1 History and Technology in the Volt

In 1996, GM produced and leased the EV-1.  For this was considered the Corvette of electric cars in the 90’s.  However and by 2003, the manufacturers determined that the electric car was not commercially viable.  So they abruptly ended the leases. Instead of selling the formerly leased vehicles to the public, the manufacturers decided to crush the cars.

Chevy Volt

GM Puts the Brakes on $370 Million Chevy Volt Engine Factory

I am sorry, did we think that GM would not put the brakes on this. When did people get that idea?

Did GM do something new to be innovative (excluding the Volt or the EV1).

Can’t believe the blue…you know what occurs with this company every single time.

Oh, well, let’s just build our own PHEV’s. Right?!!!

Back in 2011, for Chevrolet dealers in the Pacific Northwest and Mid-Atlantic states green living arrived.  The arrival of the plug in hybrid electric vehicle, Chevrolet Volt with extended range means new faces coming through the doors of their stores.

The green living news here is that according to initial buyer surveys conducted by General Motors.  So more than half of the Volt owners had not been in a Chevrolet dealership in the past 10 years.  Finally and nearly one-third of Volt buyers never have been to a Chevrolet dealership.


The impact of the Volt can be seen in other areas of Chevrolet’s business. Customers searching  for fuel-efficient transportation often begin their search with the Volt and end up cross-shopping the Chevrolet Cruze.

According to web traffic data on both and, the Cruze is the No. 1 cross-shopped Chevrolet vehicle with the Volt. Since April, nearly 200,000 visitors searching for information on the Chevrolet Volt also searched for information on the Cruze.

“As far as image goes; the Volt is huge because it’s also helping sell the Cruze,” said Inder Dosanjh, a Chevrolet dealer in Dublin, Calif.

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