I’ve never really paid much attention to the Chevy Volt. It always came off as just another hybrid to me, so I chose to ignore it. I can no longer refuse to sit back and say nothing, however. A short while back I stumbled upon a Facebook group dedicated to owners of the Volt and my awakening experience has forced me to break my vow of silence.
Although composed of just under 3,500 fans, “Chevy Volt Owners” may be the most active Facebook group page in existence. Even after a solid five or six scrolls down the news feed, the timestamps on the posts revealed that they were no more than two hours old. Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued. How much could people really be saying about the Chevy Volt? Turns out quite a bit.
With my eyebrows furrowed in confusion, I delved into the mystery behind the page and began reading some of the posts and comments more in-depth. It only took mere seconds before the smug alert began to sound in my head, but being the level-headed guy that I am, I gave the page the benefit of the doubt. Surely not all of the fans of the page could be so pretentious.
I was grossly mistaken.
One of the first posts I came across was from a man who had put together an ad mock-up which he planned to have posted in his local newspaper in an effort to raise awareness of the Chevy Volt. He wanted to get feedback from other Volt owners and find out whether there were any overlooked details in the ad, but even after a string of suggestion-laden comments and a few updated drafts, he decided to contact the editor at the newspaper instead of sending it into print. No word on whether or not that actually happened, but either way, the story is just one of the many conundrums that arose during my time on the group’s page.
Some other Volt owners suggested that a more effective way of raising awareness would be to come up with a “Volt Challenge that involves ice buckets.” I conducted a
thorough investigation Google search of “Chevy Volt Ice Bucket Challenge” and was relieved to find zero relevant results, but it did bring something else to my attention.
Apparently there are countless videos of Chevy Volt owners talking about their experiences with their plug-in hybrid, the most grueling of which stretches on for an unbearable 38 minutes and 24 seconds. I couldn’t make it through more than six minutes, but as there are nearly 50,000 views and the video has been “thumbs-upped” 247 times, there is a good chance that a few poor souls have sat through the entire painstaking duration. In fact, while browsing through a selection of the 225 comments, I was able to find a few shamelessly honest people who admitted to taking 40 minutes out of their day to watch the entire thing. Not surprisingly, comments about their personal Chevy Volt soon followed.
Despite my newfound angst for the Volt, I can sort of, but actually not really understand where owners of the hybrid are coming from. The 2015 Chevy Volt is able to travel up to 380 miles with a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery. On the electric motor alone, it can achieve a range of 38 miles, which is further than some of the other plug-in hybrid vehicles on the market. That’s all fine and dandy, but I still don’t believe that the Volt is worthy of the undoubtedly puzzling, cult-like following that it currently has. I especially don’t think that anyone wants to see anyone dumping ice water over their head on behalf of the hybrid.
These recent Chevy Volt findings are solid evidence that “South Park” is one of the most geniously-scripted shows out there. Although the stories are overly exaggerated for satirical purposes, they couldn’t be any more accurate. That’s especially true for the episode entitled “Smug Alert” which plays on the egocentric attitude of hybrid owners. The moral of the episode is that hybrids really are great, but owners of the vehicles should not be smug about owning them or act as if they are above anyone else.
I can only hope that Chevy Volt owners take heed. If you want to have your Facebook groups and post your YouTube videos that is perfectly fine by me. I will steer clear of them from here on out. All I ask is that you refrain from posting Volt “awareness” ads in your local newspaper, and for the love of all things good and holy in this world, please, keep the ice in your freezers and the buckets in your basements.
Believe me when I say that no one else really gives a shit.