Well I've been reading here for several weeks and finally wanted to say hi. Thanks for all the great information!
Got my 2012 black Volt about 4 weeks ago. Everything has been great so far and I love the car. Unfortunately for me, but lucky for my husband, I have been out of town for 3 of those weeks, so he has gotten to drive it more than me. No gas used yet though! I drove it to the airport this week and thought that would be one of my few trips requiring gas for the 56 miles roundtrip. But thanks to a thread in this forum, I found out that DTW airport has 2 free chargers! So now I can make that trip gas-free. And what's even better, if I can't get a charger at the airport, no big deal, just a little bit of gas used. I learned (from here again) that maintenance mode will run every 6 weeks anyway, so I might as well burn a little bit of gas every now and then. My husband is able to charge at work, but one day all chargers were full, so he got our best actual range so far: 50.2 miles with 2 to spare.
After a week or so of having the car, we had the discussion about what would happen if GM decided to no longer make the Volt for some reason by the time our lease is up. Obvious answer is that we'd buy it if we can't get a new one. I think regardless, we'll have to eventually get a 2nd Volt so we aren't always arguing over who gets to drive it that day. I also don’t think I could ever buy a pure ICE car again.
And by the way, we ARE people who were both Volt and Cruze shoppers. I've seen this discussed several times, so wanted to throw this out there. We bought a Cruze Eco manual in February for my husband's commuting car, 52 miles roundtrip. At the time, we were looking for great fuel economy and a good price. Full disclosure, my husband is a GM engineer, so he (and by proxy we) knew plenty about the Volt. However when we were Cruze shopping, the dealers just didn’t have any. IF there were any available to drive, then we maybe would have gotten a Volt then. However that just wasn’t the case. I was baffled how Volt sales were so low, yet there weren’t any around here to sell. We even talked about getting another Cruze for my car’s replacement. We can afford to buy a Volt, but tend to be more frugal and wouldn’t have thought of spending that much on a car. So in the past few months when we started seeing advertised lease pricing and Volts actually in stock, the ball got rolling.
Between a $1500 off marketing mailer, $1000 in GM credit card points, the dealer’s GM preferred pricing (no employee discounts on the Volt), and Ally lease incentives, we got a 36 month, 12,000 mile lease for $277 a month and $900 something up front. It really was just too great of a deal to pass up for the opportunity to drive such a cool car. It took a couple weeks after that, but I found a new home for my Civic.
We are also in the process of getting a Schneider EVLink installed in our garage through DTE and SPX. The supposed free program is going to cost us $200 out of pocket. I'm sure there will be more to this story, but I can't really complain about getting the free charger.
Thanks again for all the discussion here and I hope to join in more soon!