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EV Ownership: In a Customer’s Words
At Florida Power & Light (FPL), we believe in the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), and we love hearing from customers who feel the same way. So, when FPL customer Brett Circe described to us his favorite EV features, we couldn’t resist sharing his insights with all of our customers in this special blog post:*
“What do I love most about my Chevy Volt?
I don’t get asked this a lot, but when I do, it’s a difficult question to answer.
The Volt is arguably the most innovative car to come out of Detroit in a generation. And it’s a high-tech gadget. It connects to my iPhone, I can send Google Maps from my laptop to the GPS in my car with a click, it texts me if I forget to plug it in. I do love all those features.
And I love how much fun the car is to drive – especially when I know I have plenty of battery to spare. I like to drop the car into L and put it in Sport Mode, that’s a blast.
FPL Customer Brett Circe with his Chevy Volt, Fort Lauderdale Beach
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The car is super quiet and smooth too. You hear the road noise on the tires, but barely. No engine noise, or vibration. And because there are no “gears” the car doesn’t shift making the ride even smoother. But none of that is what I love best about the Volt.
With gas hovering around $4/gallon, I do save money too. The TV commercials say the Volt costs “about $1.50/night to charge”, so if you do the quick math you may think you will spend about $45/month on electricity. That’s actually worst case scenario, I only spend about $15/month. I usually get home with charge left on the battery (sometimes more than 1/2). And our electricity is the lowest in the state. But, as an early adopter, I really can’t say that saving money is what I love most about the Volt.
When I get home, I plug in my laptop, my smart phone, and my car. It’s quick, clean, and it’s always full and ready when I get up. I rarely have to go through the hassle of using a gas station anymore. When fully depleted, it takes about 8 hours to charge with a regular outlet. Luckily, that corresponds to how much I sleep each night, so it works out pretty well. I recently got a Level 2 charger (which is a lot faster). I didn’t feel it was “necessary” but it is nice to have.
I love to drop one-liners, like “I’ve only bought 13 gallons of gas this year” or “the last time I filled up was February 20” or “I am currently averaging 67MPG”. (FYI, 67MPG is low for a Volt, the best MPG for a Volt inFloridais 1,258MPG!) Yes, I do love to see people’s reactions when I say stuff like that. But it’s still not what I love most.
So far I have used electricity instead of 487 gallons of gas that I would have needed to buy if I were still in my Infiniti (which I had before my Volt). Not buying gas means not sending money to OPEC and the Middle East – that’s what I love most about my Volt.”
Do you own an EV or are considering buying one? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note that not all opinions of our customers reflect those of FPL.