The Chevrolet Volt is the 2016 Green Car of the Year!

The 2015 LA Auto Show has been a blast so far: we’ve seen some amazing debuts from the Chevy Spark EV to the Honda Civic Coupe, 2016 is sure to be a great year for auto enthusiasts! Another thing we love about the Auto Show is the award announcements, and this year we paid extra-close attention to Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year. This year the Chevrolet Volt beat out some stiff competition including the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata and Audi A3 E-Tron for Green Car of the Year.2016-chevrolet-volt-electric-car-mo-intro-1480x551-02

The Green Car of the Year award is from the Green Car Journal. Awarded annually, the winner is selected by automotive and environmental experts including the likes of Jay Leno, Mario Andretti, and Johnathan Lash. Winners in previous years have included the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid (2008), Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid (2011), and the BMW i3 (2015)2016-Chevrolet-Volt-010

Chevrolet’s plug-in hybrid proved technologically advanced and environmentally friendly with an electric range of 53 electric miles, 420 miles on a full charge and full tank of gas, and an expected over 1,000 miles between gas fill-ups by charging regularly. The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a stunner to look at, too, with a newly sculpted body designed to be more aerodynamic than ever before. Available with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, numerous safety innovations like lane assist, and an 8-inch color instrument panel, the Volt is a well-balanced, advanced model from inside-out!2016-chevrolet-volt-reveal-mo-design-1480x520-07

The Chevrolet Volt truly stands out because you don’t have to compromise since the Volt is equipped with a high level of efficiency and range. You get all of the environmental benefits and fuel economy of an EV without sacrificing your commute to a plug-in. With a sleek design, quiet ride, and intuitive controls, the Chevrolet Volt is both technologically advanced and easy-to-use five-door hatchback.2016-chevrolet-volt-reveal-mo-design-1480x520-02

For more information, check out our Chevrolet Volt page here: http://www.jbachevrolet.com/models/chevrolet-volt

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Drive Smart, Save $100 a Month at the Pump

Chevrolet and OnStar teamed up to conduct a study to demonstrate 10 common mistakes drivers make that hurt their fuel economy.  General Motors fuel economy engineers Ann Wenzlick and Beth Nunning drove identical Chevrolet Cruze LTs with an EPA estimated at 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, on a typical workday commute. For the route, they drove both cars for 20 minutes, including city and highway driving as well as stopping for coffee.

The results show that sweating the small stuff could save drivers as much as $100 a month in fuel costs. Wenzlick averaged 37 miles per gallon using efficient driving habits in a properly maintained Cruze. Driving inefficiently and ignoring common maintenance, Nunning managed only 21 miles per gallon. The difference means Nunning would get 250 fewer miles per tank of gas, while Wenzlick would save $100 a month – or $1,200 a year – assuming 15,000 miles and $4 a gallon for gas.

“Ann and Beth’s results support data from OnStar that shows the fuel economy of drivers in identical cars can vary by 75 percent,” said Roger Clark, manager of the GM Energy Center. “With a well-maintained car, the best drivers get up to 25 percent more miles per gallon than average. When you combine a poorly maintained car with inefficient driving habits, the fuel economy of the worst drivers can be 50 percent below average.

So, what can you do to get better gas mileage?

  • Get out of the drive-through lane.
    “While Beth waited in the drive-thru with her car running, I shut off the engine and went inside for my morning coffee. Idling for 15 minutes burns through an average of a quarter of a gallon – adding another $1 to the cost of your latte.”
  • Take it easy
    “In the city, I accelerated smoothly while Beth demonstrated one of the most common mistakes we see on the road: Jumping on the gas at every light, only to hit the brakes as she caught up with the traffic ahead. Such aggressive driving isn’t going to get you home any faster, while driving smoothly can improve your mileage by 20 percent.”
  • Driving 70, not 80.
    “On the highway, I drove 70, compared to Beth’s 80. Again, a 10-mph difference likely won’t add much time to your daily commute, but it will save you up to four miles per gallon on the highway.”
  • Use cruise control
    “I tried to maintain a constant speed during our drive, while Beth’s fluctuated with traffic. Try using cruise control when possible, and maintaining a constant speed over time, which is much more efficient than speeding up and slowing down over and over again.” …read more tips and common mistakes here

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