Picked up a new Volt over the weekend replacing the Prius. This is our first experience with an electric car and first American car in 42 yrs, though our truck is a Ford. Well, that is it's mostly American. It's assembled in the US, but the electric drive components come from Japan, some parts from Korea and 45% of parts are from US/Canada . So far 90 miles on it, all on electrons. It's a pretty big adjustment, but we're getting used to it. The car is lots of fun to drive.Handles like a champ and has lots of power. Right now I'm charging it on 120V using the provided charge cord. I will be wiring the garage for a dedicated 240V charger soon. Then the 120V charge connection can travel with the car. This is a remarkable machine. I'm glad Chevy went all the way and put it into production. It's quite an amazing vehicle. In another thread Highbeam asked about costs. At sticker I would have passed on the car. But now that the 2013 model year is half over, GM is incentivising the car by $4K. I suspect the recent drop in the Nissan Leaf's price has a lot to do with this. Our car is pretty tricked out so the sticker value is $42.6K. Base model is about $39K. The final negotiated price before the fed tax credit ended up as $35.5K, after credit - $28K which is not bad for a well appointed sedan. That's pretty close to what we paid for the well equipped Prius in 2006. The Volt doesn't need gas if your normal driving range is within 40 miles, though this can be extended by using the right foot judiciously and taking advantage of regenerative braking. That covers about 80% of all our normal driving. I can do all our local driving and a round trip to Seattle in that range. We have a charge station at work so I can easily stay on battery. So far the generator has not kicked on. I'll be taking a trip up north which will take me out of range so I'll get a chance to let the motor kick on and charge up the system a bit. Based on my experience with the dealer test drives the switchover is very smooth because the engine just quietly comes on and start generating power for the electric drive.