Chevy Volt an electric, smooth and silent operator

With the usual Toronto traffic hell made worse recently by the Pan Am Games and the resulting temporary HOV lanes, and me, finding myself commuting daily from Oakville to the Royal Alex Theatre for the Mirvish production of Kinky Boots, it seemed like a pretty good time to book a 2015 Chevy Volt for a week of electric car nirvana.

Nirvana, in this case, meant silently cruising the HOV lanes courtesy of the Volt’s Green Car status. With an electric range of about 60 kilometres, I could cover most of my commute sans emissions before the Volt’s range-extender 1.4L four-cylinder gas engine fired up. According to GM, Volts cover about two-thirds of distance driven on grid electricity, so this experiment plunked me square into Volt poster-boy territory.

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