Range anxiety may turn off may car buyers, but sometimes it takes about 100 miles to get Americans from point A to point B in daily commutes. Thus, the Chevrolet Volt and Chevrolet Bolt EV have been recognized as two ideal commuter cars.
Car sales website CarGurus has put together an interactive map based on data across the entire United States to name ideal commuter cars in many parts of the country. The map includes data points for numerous major cities around the U.S., and both electric cars and plug-in hybrids are named often. In the midwest and north, the Bolt EV and Volt aren’t mentioned often due to the colder temperatures and snowy conditions. The Tesla Model S 75D does get the nod in some instances, however.
But, in the south, the Volt with its 53-mile estimated electric range and Bolt EV with its 238-mile estimated electric range are top picks. Specifically, the site selected 13 cities that would be best suited to either a Volt or Bolt EV. For the Volt, the car best-suited cities with decent weather and places where high city fuel economy is desired. Areas such as Wichita, Kansas; Austin, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Baltimore, Maryland all earned Volt recommendations.
The Bolt EV was recommended in cities such as Bakersfield, California; Tucson, Arizona; Pensacola, Florida; and Tampa, Florida. Bolt EV recommendations came with desires for high combined fuel economy and electric powertrains. These areas also don’t often have crippling traffic, either.
It’s not entirely clear what metrics the site used to compile the recommendations, but all-wheel drive would help a GM electric vehicle earn more bragging rights in colder areas with snow. Perhaps a future Chevrolet Blazer plug-in hybrid could help with that.