07/26/2012 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // Braintree, Mass. // Quirk Chevrolet
The more time the Chevy Volt spends out on the road, the easier it is to see just how much money it is saving drivers. According to a real-time ticker on Chevy’s website that uses data provided by OnStar, Volt owners have now racked up more than 100 million miles in their vehicles, including more than 60 million all-electric miles. That adds up to the conservation of more than 3.5 million gallons of gas, which equals more than $12 million in savings based on the current national gas price average.
As the financial benefits of owning a Volt become more apparent, Chevy’s latest sales report shows its electric vehicle increasing in popularity. In June, the automaker moved 1,760 units of the Volt in the United States, a 214-percent increase compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date, Chevy Volt sales are now up 221 percent over the same period in 2011, with 8,817 units sold.
“Chevy Volt drivers in Massachusetts are reaping a lot of savings by neglecting the gas pump, and many of them don’t have to use gas at all on their way to work,” said James Thorp, general manager of Greater Boston Chevy dealer Quirk Chevrolet. “Nearly two thirds of all miles driven in the Volt have been powered by just electricity, and I would predict that the number is even higher in the Greater Boston area.”
Chevrolet has equipped the 2012 Chevy Volt with more than just efficiency to lure in buyers. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, a three-year OnStar Directions & Connections plan and a seven-inch LCD touchscreen display. Meanwhile, a premium Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system is available to make streaming music with a smartphone even more enjoyable. Other optional technology includes park assist and a rear-vision camera, which allow drivers to better navigate tight city spaces.
While the 2012 model continues to gain momentum, the 2013 Chevy Volt, which is currently arriving at dealerships, features even more environmentally friendly benefits. The 2013 Volt has an increased EV range of 38 miles, allowing it to travel three more all-electric miles than the previous version. A new Hold drive mode lets owners choose when to use the gas generator, conserving the battery charge for when it can be used most efficiently, like when driving around the city.
The 2013 Chevy Volt also receives a body-color roof and decklid, as well as an available Comfort Package with heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. New safety options, like a lane departure warning system, forward-collision alert and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, round out the list of new upgrades.
“The changes to the 2013 Volt mean even more time between fill-ups, but they also highlight how the car’s appeal extends well beyond its innovative drivetrain,” added Thorp. “The new model features a combination of comfort, convenience and safety that you can’t find in other electric vehicles, and you’d even be hard-pressed to find the same range of features in many other compacts.”
About Quirk Chevrolet:
Quirk Chevrolet serves satisfied Chevy drivers throughout the Boston metro area. Their expert Chevy service staff and dedicated parts department, in addition to their extensive inventory of new and used Chevrolets, has made Quirk Chevrolet the destination for Chevy lovers throughout Massachusetts and New England. To find out more, visit them online at www.quirkchevy.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuirkChevroletMA, follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/QuirkChevyMA, call them at 781-917-1151, or stop by their dealership at 444 Quincy Avenue in Braintree, Massachusetts.
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