Chevy Volt Test Drive: Plugging It In and the Dunkin Donuts Test.

I got a Chevy Volt to test drive for a week. Here are my experiences over the first two days. First Impression: I really like it.

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  1. Here's the Chevy Volt.
  2. This was my plan for the first day. I understood that the battery charge can get you through a trip of around 55 miles.
  3. When the car arrived, it wasn't charged up all the way. I was dissapointed.
  4. Oh great. The Volt got delivered with 4 miles of battery charge. What? #ChevyVolt
    Oh great. The Volt got delivered with 4 miles of battery charge. What? #ChevyVolt
  5. After posting this photo to Instagram I got some positive comments from friends, including some help from Scott Monty from Ford. He said, "Don't worry. It has gas."
  6. Chevy Volt Instagram Comments
    Chevy Volt Instagram Comments
  7. Chevy did deliver the car with a full tank. So I had 307 miles available before I had to fill up with gas or recharge.
  8. I enjoy listening to XM radio. Fast Car was playing. The Volt rides nicely and has a Sport mode that's peppy.
  9. Chevy Volt test drive. Comfy seats. Air Conditioning is cool.
  10. Gas engine is on. It's very quiet.
  11. When I got to Salem I saw these ChargePoint stations in the garage. Electric cars also get free parking. This was perfect!  I needed a charge and a parking space. 
  12. Oh good. Oh wait. I can't use this with my credit card. :-(
    Oh good. Oh wait. I can't use this with my credit card. :-(
  13. I stepped up to the charging unit, but was disappointed to see that It looked like I needed a 'contactless credit card.' I don't have one of those. So I had to move the car to the top floor of the garage, and leave it uncharged.
  14. Later on I reached out to the company to figure out how I could use the charging stations.
  15. It turns out that you can use one of their cards, a contactless card, or call a phone # and pay by regular credit card over the phone.  I WISH the charging station made that clearer.
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