For The Chevrolet Volt is amazingly efficient, it completely eliminates range anxiety and it’s comfortable and relaxing to drive. It’s cheaper than the Vauxhall Ampera, too.
Against It’s far from cheap to buy, and there’s huge uncertainty over its resale values. The cabin plastics aren’t particularly appealing and rear visibility is rubbish.
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The Chevrolet Volt gives all the benefits of an electric car, but because it keeps going when the battery depletes, you won’t suffer from any range anxiety. Brilliant.
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Target Price team says:
The Chevrolet Volt runs permanently on its electric motor, and uses its petrol engine only as a back-up generator when battery power gets low. That makes it an EV without those dreaded range anxiety issues.
It’ll cost you a pittance to run. You won’t use a drop of petrol all the time you’re in EV mode, and even if you regularly rely on the intervention of the petrol engine, fuel consumption is very lean indeed. You won't pay road tax or the London Congestion Charge and company car tax is on 5% of its value.
It’s not cheap to buy, though, even after the £5000 Government grant, and there’s huge uncertainty over resale values, too. Still, the Volt comes with a long and comprehensive warranty that’ll give you peace of mind. The battery and drivetrain is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, while the rest of the car is covered for five years/100,000 miles.
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