Electric vehicles are more popular than ever. There were once thought to be an alternative vehicle that would be unlikely to catch on, but now there are more options than ever for Americans to switch to low-emissions, ultra-efficient, and affordable cars. Believe it or not, McCluskey Chevrolet is actually the top Cincinnati electric car dealer. Chevy, the brand behind tough trucks like the Silverado and big SUVs like the Suburban, is also one of the most popular manufacturers of affordable electric vehicles.
Unlike luxury electric cars, Chevy’s latest electric models are highly affordable! So when you shop McCluskey Chevrolet, you get a great selection at low prices and early access to some of the most anticipated electric cars of the year. We also carry a wide selection of used vehicles, so if you want an even more affordable entry point to the world of electric driving, consider a used Bolt EV or other used vehicles in the Chevy electric lineup.
Sure, there are some distinct differences between electric and gas or diesel-powered cars. Namely, refueling is very different. However, it’s far more convenient and cheaper to fuel up an electric vehicle; plus, you have to do it less often. Our sales team can answer all of your pressing questions about electric vehicles so you can feel secure making the transition toward driving the most efficient cars yet. Here’s everything else you need to know about driving a Chevy electric vehicle - and why we’re your go-to stop for Chevy’s EV lineup.
Electric vehicles don’t just help the environment with their efficient powertrains and low emissions; they actually help you as well. Sometimes, doing something “green” can be inconvenient or even difficult, but driving an EV benefits both you and the environment. It’s hard to argue with that.
Chevy’s electric vehicles offer excellent performance without sacrificing fuel economy. You enjoy responsive, excellent driving, and outstanding engineering while still saving money on refueling costs. Not only do Chevy’s EVs have a longer driving range, but they’re also more affordable to fuel up than gas and diesel vehicles are. There are many other ways that driving electric saves you money, too, including available tax incentives and rebates.
What about the drawbacks? Actually, there are no truthful ones out there - only myths about how supposedly difficult it is to live with an electric car. There are myths about batteries dying, rendering an EV useless, but the truth is that electric vehicles, like any vehicle, can suffer if not maintained properly. A well-maintained and operated EV will last just as long as any other car.
Also, some people think that electric vehicles are too hard to fuel up. Where are those charge stations anyway, and what if there aren’t any around? Actually, you don’t have to drive to a public station to fuel up your vehicle - that’s another distinct advantage of driving electric. Gas-driving enthusiasts may tell you that you get way less power out of driving electric, but if you take a close look at the latest upcoming electric models from Chevrolet, you can see that the performance of electric vehicles is getting on-level with gas-powered ones, or even exceeding them in some cases.
Once you make the wise choice to drive electric, McCluskey Chevrolet can walk you through finding your next vehicle. You’ll be shocked to learn how affordable our entire selection is. That’s because our promise is, “Lower Prices, Lower Rates.” You shouldn’t have to pay more up-front to enjoy the savings that come with driving an electric vehicle. That’s why our finance team will help you get the best possible trade-in price for your existing vehicle as well as a fair, affordable finance or lease payment rate.
We also offer plenty of temporary specials on vehicles in our inventory. Check our website as often as you can to see what’s new in stock and how you can save more money. McCluskey Chevrolet puts customers first, especially when it comes to savings, which is why we have over 11,000 satisfied customer reviews. Maybe it’s our prices, maybe it’s our selection, or maybe it’s our convenient services like free home delivery that makes our customers so happy!
Don’t live near Cincinnati? No problem; we make it easy for you to shop online, apply for fast credit approval, value your trade, and even chat with a member of our staff to answer any of your questions. If you’re excited to get into a new Chevy EV, we’ll make the process as fast, convenient, and affordable as possible. That's why you should shop for your next vehicle at McCluskey Chevrolet.
Just what can you find when you shop EVs at McCluskey Chevrolet? We’re offering the two new EVs from the Chevy lineup as soon as they’re available. The first option is the compact hatchback 2022 Chevy Bolt EV, the latest version of their already popular and awarded EV series.
The 2022 Bolt EV is sure to be the most economical yet, with an outstanding range of up to 259-miles on just one charge. Each EV comes with the equipment necessary to charge your EV on the go or right at home! However, this isn’t your average green vehicle. It’s also comfortable and convenient, with ergonomic seats and a fun infotainment system that’s full of advanced features. Stream your favorite audio via your smartphone, connect to your favorite apps, and even add available services like real-time navigation to monitor traffic, locate street closures, and find the nearest electric charge station. There’s so much more tech to see for yourself, including One Pedal Driving mode and Regen on Demand charging that actually helps build up electric energy on the go.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV, meanwhile, is a new addition to Chevy’s electric vehicle series. A compact SUV that offers plenty of interior cargo space, comfort, and active safety technology. Ideal for those who want more space or a more athletic drive, the 2022 Bolt EUV has an available Sport Mode, which enhances driving performance and top speeds at the touch of a button. Firm, responsive braking, and available hands-free driving technology make this the most fun-to-handle SUV of the year. While their body styles and contemporary looks may differ, both the 2022 EV and EUV also have fast, lightweight acceleration and steering, so you never feel like you’re compromising performance for the sake of fuel economy.
Q: How Often Do I Have to Recharge an Ev?
A: Not often, especially if you travel short distances every day in a crowded city. If you have longer commutes, you may have to plan out when and how often you need to recharge your electric vehicle. Most electric vehicles, like the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, come with software that allows you to plot how often you'll need to charge based on your daily commutes and travel destinations.
Q: How Common Are Charge Stations, If I Can't Charge At Home?
A: There are more than 41,000 charging stations for electric vehicles spread across North America. Just under 5,000 of those stations offer DC Fast Charging, so you can quickly get in, get your vehicle charged, and get back on the road in no time flat. In electric vehicles like the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, software applications can help you quickly find a charge station near you, so you can consistently keep your vehicle charged no matter where you go.
Q: How Does One Pedal Driving Work?
A: Regenerative braking, or one-pedal driving, can help prolong travel distance for an electric vehicle. In popular vehicles like the Bolt EV or Bolt EUV, it's possible to utilize one-pedal driving by putting the vehicles into Low Mode and using the Regen on Demand paddle on the steering wheel while driving. By letting your foot off the accelerator while holding down the Regen on Demand paddle, the vehicle will attempt to recharge the battery pack while applying the brake when it's time to slow down or stop the vehicle. This makes it possible to drive almost entirely with just the accelerator, hence the application of one-pedal driving. It's an optional way to get the most distance out of an electric vehicle.
Q: Do You Have to Replace the Battery Pack When the Charge Depletes to 0%?
A: Absolutely not. While it's advised to recharge the battery pack in an electric vehicle before it completely depletes, it is completely possible to recharge the pack and keep driving once the battery has enough charge for travel purposes. The only time a battery pack may need service is if it no longer holds a charge, and usually it could be due to a cell module. In some cases, individual modules can actually be replaced by certified technicians without replacing the entire battery pack.
Q: How Well Do EVs Perform on the Road? Are They as Reliable as Fuel-Based Vehicles?
A: Electric vehicles are especially efficient on the road. Handling and performance is almost always noteworthy as being some of the best that the industry has to offer. In fact, since there is no combustion process that takes place within an electric motor, and the torsional output is instantaneous, this results in excellent acceleration for most electric vehicles. Instead of having to wait for the revolutions per minute to ramp up, the permanent electric motor generates the power that creates torque that's applied directly to the driveline. In simple terms, electric vehicles give instant performance for fast acceleration that's easy to handle on the road.
Q: Are EVs Noisy?
A: Not at all. Electric vehicles are powered by a battery pack that feeds electricity to the electric motor. The electric motor is operated by magnetic rotors that create the power to propel the vehicle forward or backward. Since there is no combustion process, no clattering of pistons, or small explosions constantly being fired off, there is no noise. Electric vehicles are some of the most quiet vehicles on the road today, giving drivers a relaxing, noise-free experience while on the road.
It might seem like charging an electric vehicle is a complicated thing when you hear people bring up charging stations, different levels of charging, and various voltages. In reality, it's all really simple. In fact, so long as you have a three-pronged outlet available in your home or garage, you can charge up an electric vehicle. It really is that simple.
For Chevy EVs, you have multiple options available to charge the vehicle. This includes a standard 120-volt wall outlet, where you can plug in your vehicle and let it charge overnight. Alternatively, you can purchase dedicated Level 2 charging stations from various suppliers if you want improved charge times to reduce how long it takes to charge up the vehicle's battery. Level 2 charge stations can actually be installed in your home. You can purchase them from many online shops, dedicated stores, and even some dealerships. Level 2 chargers offer 240-volt charging capabilities, allowing you to get your vehicle charged and on the road in no time.
You can also have Level 2 chargers plugged in where the vehicle is parked, without any hard-wire installations. In some cases, you can simply plug in the charge station in your home. Alternatively, if you want better performance, you may have to hard-wire the station through your home's breaker. You can always contact an electrician or talk with us to learn more about home charger installations.
Finally, there is DC Fast Charging. These are stations available across the nation that offer fast charging methods, allowing you to recharge the maximum amount of range on an electric vehicle in as little as 30 minutes. Level 2 charging at home can take anywhere between 8 and 10 hours, depending on depletion, while Level 1 charging from a 120-volt wall socket usually delivers a full charge overnight.
Usually, you don't have to recharge the vehicle every single day, for those of you worried about costs. As you'll only need to recharge an electric vehicle when the battery is depleted down to 10% through 15% of its charge. You can technically drive it to complete depletion, but the battery pack is likely to recharge faster when it has at least 10% of its charge available. This makes it convenient, especially for DC Fast Charging, to charge the vehicle up in just a few minutes to add plenty of travel time to reach your destination.
The new wave of electric vehicles is taking the industry by storm, and there's no reason not to be a part of it. In fact, if you need help finding a vehicle from a Cincinnati electric car dealer, let our staff at McCluskey Chevrolet help you find the perfect electric vehicle for you. We have both brand new and used variations available from Chevy, at prices that you just won't find anywhere else with the kind of service and value that we offer.
With Certified Pre-Owned, you can buy a vehicle for under the original MSRP, but with all the guarantees and protections you would expect from a brand new vehicle off the assembly line. Certified Pre-Owned vehicles go through multi-point inspections and come with extended bumper-to-bumper warranties, including a powertrain warranty that covers up to 100,000 miles. This means that if you opt for an electric vehicle, nearly everything is covered, and you have nothing to worry about in terms of service, maintenance, or longevity.
Don't let finances stop you from owning a Chevy EV. We offer multiple ways to buy vehicles from our dealership, including trading your current vehicle in towards something new or getting pre-approved for a car loan. Follow us on social media, chat with a representative via our website, or give us a call to find out more about how an electric vehicle can improve your life and the benefits it brings to the table. We're eager to help you find the perfect vehicle to fit your lifestyle so you can become one of the many 12,000 happy customers we've serviced over the years at McCluskey Chevrolet.