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Old 12-16-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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My loaner car is a Chevy Volt while my Camaro is in the shop.

...and I kinda like it!

I've never driven a small car that wasn't a cheap small car, so I'm enjoying it. Nicely done interior, though I very much dislike the way they did the center console. There are no buttons, but a large touch sensitive surface with nubs on it. It picks up commands I'm not intending (when I touch the tuning dial, my finger brushes touch 'buttons' near by), or doesn't respond when I touch (takes several tries to turn off the heated seats).

I used up the battery in about 40 miles, and now I'm just running off of petrol. If I had a charging station near me, I'd check it out, though I'd imagine I'd have to leave the car there awhile.

Throttle response is smooth and immediate, like a video game, though as you give more throttle you don't exactly get more power. I can see how, with a lot more power (Tesla) these electric powertrains can be a lot of fun.

But, I do like feeling the vibration of a combustion engine under my foot. Even if it's the 3.6L V6, it's still feels more alive. This car feels very sterile. In fact, I'd go so far as to say the appealing vibration of a powerful combustion engine is erotic...while an electric car feels asexual.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:48 PM   #2
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Don't get too comfortable with it, it's about to change completely.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:52 PM   #3
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I always like when I get a loaner or rental that is different but interesting. I got a Prius one time, and found it a blast. I do not want to buy one, but for a day, it was an experience!
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:13 PM   #4
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You should see if you can get an mp3 of the chase scene from Bullitt and play it full blast through the stereo with the windows down in traffic.
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:14 PM   #5
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I was behind a Chevy SS in traffic the other day & for a split second thought...I bet that's fun to drive. The wife actually noticed the SS emblems before me & asked what it was, lol. I had forgot they made them actually, lol.
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:22 PM   #6
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...and I kinda like it!

I've never driven a small car that wasn't a cheap small car, so I'm enjoying it. Nicely done interior, though I very much dislike the way they did the center console. There are no buttons, but a large touch sensitive surface with nubs on it. It picks up commands I'm not intending (when I touch the tuning dial, my finger brushes touch 'buttons' near by), or doesn't respond when I touch (takes several tries to turn off the heated seats).

I used up the battery in about 40 miles, and now I'm just running off of petrol. If I had a charging station near me, I'd check it out, though I'd imagine I'd have to leave the car there awhile.

Throttle response is smooth and immediate, like a video game, though as you give more throttle you don't exactly get more power. I can see how, with a lot more power (Tesla) these electric powertrains can be a lot of fun.

But, I do like feeling the vibration of a combustion engine under my foot. Even if it's the 3.6L V6, it's still feels more alive. This car feels very sterile. In fact, I'd go so far as to say the appealing vibration of a powerful combustion engine is erotic...while an electric car feels asexual.
Go to a chevy dealer, they have charge stations there.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:09 PM   #7
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I had a Chevy Sonic during my Camaros stay at the dealer, I didn't like it.
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:19 PM   #8
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You should see if you can get an mp3 of the chase scene from Bullitt and play it full blast through the stereo with the windows down in traffic.
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:27 PM   #9
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The wife has a 2014 and while it wouldn't be on my personal list of cars to buy, it is kinda fun to drive. The 0-30 is pretty decent...and I think the Bose stereo she has sounds better than my stupid Boston acoustic in my car.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:32 PM   #10
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you need a charging station why??? You can plug it in to a normal outlet
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:50 PM   #11
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I test drove one at Camaro Fest last year. I put about 5 miles on it, all in electric mode. It was very quiet and torquey. I was impressed with it, but I have no use for one.

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you need a charging station why??? You can plug it in to a normal outlet
I was thinking the same thing.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:59 AM   #12
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I was thinking the same thing.


....I can do that?

They gave me no run down on the vehicle before handing it off to me, and it's not something I researched. I saw in the menus of the car that there are two different (amp?) charging rates, which I'd imagine is the difference between a regular outlet charge and one of those specialty outlets at a higher amperage.

I don't even know if it has the cables to charge it.

Even if it did, I don't really have a way of doing it, unless I ran an extension cord out my dining room window, across a communal lawn, to my parking spot (townhouses). Though I would enjoy trying it out.

I was fascinated on my way to work by the digital display of the cars power flow. It shows when you are using the engine, using the battery, both, or it is charging the battery.

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Don't get too comfortable with it, it's about to change completely.
I looked up what you are saying...and if they try and chop off $10k from this car by cutting down on expenses, then it would be a far less appealing car inside.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:05 AM   #13
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Don't panic...
I am sure that once you get your baby back, and take a really hot shower, and maybe scrub your whole body with some bleach, you will be able to wash that "Hippie" smell off...
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:44 AM   #14
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I looked up what you are saying...and if they try and chop off $10k from this car by cutting down on expenses, then it would be a far less appealing car inside.
The reduction in cost is coming from the reduction in battery technology costs. My guess is that you'll be able to get a base model for $10k cheaper, but an upgrade model won't be quite $10k cheaper. I've seen the renderings. It's going to be a head turner for sure. Makes the existing Volt look like a classic car.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:52 AM   #15
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...and I kinda like it!

I've never driven a small car that wasn't a cheap small car, so I'm enjoying it. Nicely done interior, though I very much dislike the way they did the center console. There are no buttons, but a large touch sensitive surface with nubs on it. It picks up commands I'm not intending (when I touch the tuning dial, my finger brushes touch 'buttons' near by), or doesn't respond when I touch (takes several tries to turn off the heated seats).

I used up the battery in about 40 miles, and now I'm just running off of petrol. If I had a charging station near me, I'd check it out, though I'd imagine I'd have to leave the car there awhile.

Throttle response is smooth and immediate, like a video game, though as you give more throttle you don't exactly get more power. I can see how, with a lot more power (Tesla) these electric powertrains can be a lot of fun.

But, I do like feeling the vibration of a combustion engine under my foot. Even if it's the 3.6L V6, it's still feels more alive. This car feels very sterile. In fact, I'd go so far as to say the appealing vibration of a powerful combustion engine is erotic...while an electric car feels asexual.
This is why the internal combustion engine will never die. It won't matter how much they perfect electric technology. As long as a human being is behind the wheel and in control, people are going to lust after the shaking, vibrating, rumbling, rocking and other "bad manners" that an IC engine has.
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:29 AM   #16
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This is why the internal combustion engine will never die. It won't matter how much they perfect electric technology. As long as a human being is behind the wheel and in control, people are going to lust after the shaking, vibrating, rumbling, rocking and other "bad manners" that an IC engine has.
Though I agree with you, the number of young people that have that same desire is dwindling at a fast pace.
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:36 AM   #17
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Though I agree with you, the number of young people that have that same desire is dwindling at a fast pace.
I think it's roughly the same portion of the population who appreciate rear wheel drive and a manual transmission over a vehicle with all wheel drive and a dual clutch automatic.
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Old 12-17-2014, 01:04 PM   #18
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I think it's roughly the same portion of the population who appreciate rear wheel drive and a manual transmission over a vehicle with all wheel drive and a dual clutch automatic.
I don't agree. You just defined two performance options. I can respect either choice, and in fact really look forward to driving a dual clutch system, or for that matter, the new style automatic in the Corvette. What I am saying is that the number of people that would even care enough to have that discussion compared to the number that simply want great mileage or to leave a smaller carbon footprint is getting very small.
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Put it in "sport mode" then punch it. It will set you back in your seat.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:25 PM   #20
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I don't agree. You just defined two performance options. I can respect either choice, and in fact really look forward to driving a dual clutch system, or for that matter, the new style automatic in the Corvette. What I am saying is that the number of people that would even care enough to have that discussion compared to the number that simply want great mileage or to leave a smaller carbon footprint is getting very small.
Ah, I see what you are saying. I was thinking more of "flawless" tech vs "flawed" involvement.

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Put it in "sport mode" then punch it. It will set you back in your seat.
Ha, one of the first things I discovered!
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