Yesterday I finally took delivery of my Topaz Blue Volt. I've been calling her "Baby Blue."
This has been a long time in coming. Originally someone factory ordered a fully loaded Topaz Blue Volt in February. In April, he decided he had waited long enough and and chose to take one from off the lot. I think he was motivated because he was the president of some Electric Vehicle outfit in British Columbia and wanted to be seen driving and electric vehicle.
By coincidence I was on the lot the day after, never having seen a Volt before, and took one out for a test drive. I rather liked it and the dealer asked me what my favorite color was. I said "blue" and he mentioned that one had been factory ordered that was no longer spoken for. I put a down payment on it and said I was off to a European vacation in May. The dealer said the car should be landed by the time I got back.
When I got back the car had not been landed yet. Then we had a strike on the Canadian Pacific Railway that caused further delays. Finally the car arrived at the dealership on Friday, and I took delivery yesterday.
Well it sure is pretty - Topaz Blue - Two Tone Interior, Beige and Gray - fully loaded. It took the sales tech almost an hour to show us all the features on the vehicle. My brain still hurts from so much information. The only downside is ongoing problems getting my OnStar set up - but I won't talk about that unless they continue to screw up. Suffice it to say that OnStar is seriously taking much of the joy out of being a first time Volt owner.
Previously I have been driving a '92 Honda Civic Si hatchback. It is taking a little getting used to: the Volt is clearly heavier and the visibility is not as great. However, the Volt is a more comfortable and quiet ride, with way more technology. All my friends are really impressed at the performance, they cannot believe how good the acceleration is, even going uphill. It is really interesting learning new driving habits, but in the end you can always forget about that if you need to and trust the car is going to do the right thing.
Next weekend I have to travel across the province for a family reunion - 400 Km - lots of highway and mountains along the way. I hope this trip will really give me a feel for the car's potential.