• Dec 5, 2011
Consumer Reports found that the Chevy Volt is wildly popular among it owners. All sorts of groups say that the plug-in car is likely not the cause of a recent garage fire and is a safe car. GM is backing its halo car with a free loaner or buyback program. Still, even with all of this support, a collection of Volt drivers wanted to make it perfectly clear that they still have nothing but the utmost trust in the car.

The Chevy Volt Owners Facebook group issued a letter that describes, in a few short paragraphs, the reasons why they are not giving up the keys. The full letter is available after the jump, but the quick version is that the drivers feel safe in their cars, love the powertrain technology and trust GM and the governmental agencies tasked with making sure the car is as safe as it can be. They write:

In regards to recent events, Volt owners are glad that the NHTSA, GM, and other manufacturers have now implemented protocols for electric cars in a variety of circumstances. Just as it is necessary to empty a gas tank after a major impact, it is necessary to discharge a battery pack after a major impact. This is a simple and straightforward process. Volt owners feel assured knowing that government and industry are working together to define and communicate this process for electric vehicles, just as they have done for gasoline-powered cars in years past.

Regular readers will recognize many of the names of people who have signed on to this letter, and it's a sign of how passionate plug-in drivers are that they're banding together at a time like this. Anyone else out there want to sign on?
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"Why are Chevy Volt Owners Keeping Their Keys?"

Date: 12/2/11 (updated 12/4/11)

To the Media and Drivers Across America:

In light of the recent news stories regarding the Chevy Volt, we, as Volt owners, would like to set the record straight.

We are keeping the keys to our Volts. We love our Volts and we feel safe driving our Volts.

We have done our homework and we know that there is no other car that offers all the advantages of a Volt. We take pleasure in the smooth driving experience. We get a thrill from the performance and acceleration. We feel at ease in its comfortable elegance. Perhaps most of all, we love the convenience and affordability of driving on electricity everyday, while also having the option of a back-up gas generator for long distances. This is the beauty of extended range electric drive. It's fun, it's practical, and it's the future that's available today.

In regards to recent events, Volt owners are glad that the NHTSA, GM, and other manufacturers have now implemented protocols for electric cars in a variety of circumstances. Just as it is necessary to empty a gas tank after a major impact, it is necessary to discharge a battery pack after a major impact. This is a simple and straightforward process. Volt owners feel assured knowing that government and industry are working together to define and communicate this process for electric vehicles, just as they have done for gasoline-powered cars in years past.

Lastly, we encourage every driver in this country to test drive a plug-in electric car and consider purchasing one for his or her next vehicle. The best way to truly know the electric car experience is to own one.

Sincerely,
Chevy Volt Owners:

Jeff U'Ren, Volt 349
Barry Larkin, Volt 63
Kevin Mark Rooker, Volt 2386
Craig Fisher, Volt 2473
Scott Fauque, Volt 01234
Jack Lucero Fleck, Volt 575
Kelly Hendricks, Volt 1450
Chris Blake, Volt 989
Michael DiPisa, Volt 218
Brent Waldrep, Volt 3945
Jack Lucero Fleck, Volt 575
Shannon Arvizu, Volt 1631
Lyle Dennis, Volt 8
Felix Kramer, Volt 9
Craig Hydrick, Volt 2077
Billy Bell Volt, Volt 1928
Former Governor of Michigan, Jennifer M. Granholm, Volt 3748
Brad J. Horton, Volt 736
Alexandra Paul, Volt 5
Nathan Pinsley, Volt 784
Eric Rotbard, Volt 688
Ken Nelson and Mike Judd, Volt 1712
Yumiko Kato, Volt 2278
Matt Stehouwer, Volt 974
Brett Circe, Volt 169
Cheryl Miller Balch, Volt 2080
Lori Truax, Volt 4363
Eric Romero, Volt 6178
Wylie Plummer, Volt 806
Amy and Mark Swain, Volt 12
Mike Lester, Volt 1253
Bruce Ackerman, Volt 830
Dave Atherton, Volt 246
Heath Carney, Volt 1292
Ron Gremban, Volt 24
Mike Jarrett, Volt 3722
Rusty Sanders, Volt 95
Ed Baize, Volt 3073
Jim Jonah, Volt 3637
Chuck Fredericks, Volt 363
Edward Ellyatt, Volt 1506
Eric Zito, Volt 6038
Peggy Rands, Volt 1767
Maria Willever, Volt 520
Brian Willever, Volt 2432
Fred Ehnow, Volt 198
Eric Cote, Volt 186
Steve Malcom, Volt 2359


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