Haven’t some of you been saying GM needs to badge a Volt as a Buick? It appears like you may get your wish, although details at the moment are scarce.
As noted in the GM-Volt forum, and by Inside EVs, a blog post by Jim Ellis Chevrolet in Georgia looks like it let the cat out of the bag calling the car the Ampere – not the Electra as we know was recently patented by GM also.
“Jim Ellis Chevrolet customers will be able to ‘plug into the sun’ and charge their Volts completely in three hours, says the dealer’s post about their new solar charger. “Initially, charging is complimentary for Jim Ellis Volt customers as it will be for Buick Ampere customers (Buick’s version of the Volt) when it arrives next year!”
And that’s it. Not surprisingly, GM will not comment on future product.
As Statik said via e-mail yesterday, the dealer has both a Chevy and Buick dealership; it looks like he believes what he is saying, having given a timeline and actual name of the Volt variant.
So what else can we surmise? Would it have a 2.0-liter generator as was also rumored for 2014? Would it look like the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera with a Buick badge as shown above?
Do you think this dealer’s report is a mistake? We’re not sure, but along with Inside EVs and GMInsideNews.com, we’re jumping on the bandwagon to share what little news we have.
And so now, let the speculation begin …
But while you’re pondering the possible Voltec Buick, being ever practical, we here at GM-Volt have a guest video for you on more down to earth matters you will likely find useful: how to wash your Volt.
This video vaguely brings back memories from a scene from the 1967 classic film “Cool Hand Luke,” but we trust you are in a better place than Paul Newman and the chain gang, and in any case, our friend Mr. Energy Czar assures us it is for educational purposes only.
His Volt wash instructions are as follows:
Giving the Chevrolet Volt a car wash is easy. Just remember to wash the Volt in the shade. First, wet the Volt. Second, fill up a soap bucket and use a wool mitt soaping the Volt from the top down. Third, wash the wheels like the rest of the car, they have a clear coat finish. Fourth, rinse the Volt from the top down. Lastly, wet a chamois and wipe the entire Volt while wringing out the chamois.
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