Now that I’ve been educamated on the difference between the Bolt and the Volt... Karen and I looked at a Volt at a Knoxville Chevy dealer, Beatty Chevrolet, and I went for a short test drive. In suburban Knoxville traffic, felt surprisingly normal in its all-electric mode, which is good for a claimed 50 miles or so. When that’s gone, a small gas engine kicks in to run a generator to keep the battery charged, for a total range approaching 400 miles. There’s a nice display in front of the driver showing electric and total miles remaining. Apple CarPlay is a plus. Plugged into 120v it takes 13 hours to charge fully. 240v only 4.5 hours. 13 hours sounds like a long time, but unless the battery was at 0%, overnight should do it most of the time. Our current stable: 2011 Ford Flex bought used which serves as a tow vehicle for our travel trailer 2005 Honda Element bought new with 200,000 miles as an all around knock-around vehicle 2006 Honda Ridgeline with 185,000 miles bought used recently as an airport truck for our TN property. The Volt would replace the Element. There is still a $7,500 tax credit on the Volt. If we do this, it would makes sense to do in in 2018. Most years we have little or no tax liability, but in 2018 we have substantial capital gains, and could use the full credit, effectively reducing the $34k price of the entry level Volt. The 2019’s are arriving soon, so we might be able to negotiate some savings on a 2018. Or, we could just tamp down the new car fever and try to get a few more years out of the Element. That might mean losing the tax benefits, but should expand the field of hybrids available. As an aside, we’re sitting on 100 shares of Tesla stock, which is mentally earmarked to pay for our next car. Current value is around $32k. The price of TSLA going forward may influence our decision. Open to any input, pro or con.