At the heart of the Volt are two electric motors that power the front wheels. They combine to make 149 horsepower, sending power to the wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In addition, the Volt also has a 1.5L 4-cylinder gasoline engine making 101 horsepower. This engine is mainly used to charge the batteries, but if need be, power can be sent directly to the front wheels as well. Unlike the previous generation Volt, the gasoline engine in the current iteration does not require premium fuel. Despite the Volt’s strong fuel economy, the car still turn in a respectable run to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. Electric engine will take you up to 60 miles before needing to be recharged, and the gas take will take you another 350. For daily commutes this car is a dream – I have personally gone over 7,000 miles without needing to refill the gas tank! Simply plug it in to any normal wall outlet to charge at night, and you’re ready to go in the morning.

Metairie, Louisiana, United States