Our Atomic Car: Chevy Volt

Trading Foreign Oil for Domestic Coal and Nuclear

It's atomic powered because the electrons come from Illinois' many nuke plants. But what's really cool is how it lets me avoid using oil.

I know, I know, we get most of our oil from Canada and Mexico and produce half of it locally. Problem is, we're still beholden to guard foreign supply in order to keep prices reasonable. It costs the U.S. billions of dollars per year to play cops in regions of the world that hate us. Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't have to care? Such is the reason for wanting to see electric cars prevail. We cut down on oil consumption in cars, and stop enriching countries that hate our way of life.

Then we can use oil for what it's really good at: fueling paramotors, airplanes and helicopters which still seem a long way from practically using electricity.

This is why I bought the Volt. It's the first practical electric car. I realize it doesn't make economic sense, I wanted it mostly to figuratively poke a middle finger at our dependence on oil. Plus, I just think it's cool. And yes, I realize that being able to burn gas is why this car is so ideal; the gas generator runs if your juice runs out. That makes it a very practical electric car. So far, in 5 weeks of ownership, it has burned 6 gallons of gas.

I've been thrilled with nearly everything about it. The handling is great, the acceleration is decent, it's plenty comfortable, has great heat (you know me, I don't do cold), looks good, especially with this graphic, and is the quietest car I've ever ridden in. Just love the thing.


Sadly I don't have the nerve to actually put this graphic on the car but it does render nicely how I feel.
Don't get me wrong, I obviously LOVE what oil does for us, I'm just ready to move on.

Yours truly just before heading out in a nuclear powered car. Nuclear powered because Illinois has lots of nuke plants.

2015 Jeff Goin   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!