Chevrolet Volt – The Car Of Author John Green’s Dreams


“When he wasn’t working on his best selling novels, author John Green was working on building the Volt of his dreams on Over and over and over again! Read his story to see what happened next. (Hint: it’s a happy ending).”

States General Motors via its Fastlane blog.

Both John Green and Chevrolet Volt took to Twitter promote/explain the story.  It was Green who immediately pointed out that General Motors did not pay him for this, so he bought the Volt with his own dime and told his story without being reimbursed.

Tweets From John Green and Chevrolet Volt

Tweets From John Green and Chevrolet Volt

Collection Of John Green's Works

Collection Of John Green’s Works

Here’s Green’s story (via Fastlane blog, which is owned and endorsed by General Motors):

I wanted a Volt for years, but it never seemed practical.

I HAD a car, an aging white sedan inherited from my parents, and there was nothing wrong with it. But occasionally, I’d wander over to the Chevrolet web site and build my dream car online: a dark gray Chevy Volt with black leather interior, a leather-wrapped steering wheel. GPS. Do I want the fancy wheels? Heck yes I want the fancy wheels. I even test drove one once and was blown away by how fun it was to drive–it was so quick and responsive that in the city it felt kind of like a sports car.

But I already HAD this car.

Years passed, and my wife and I had a kid, at which point the Volt seemed even less realistic. But when my old car finally broke down, I went to a Chevrolet dealer with my son’s car seat JUST TO TRY IT OUT. After another test drive, I called my wife. “The car seat totally fits.” (Now that we have a second child, I can report that a second car seat also totally fits.)

And so I got my dream car.

I didn’t buy one off the lot. I got my EXACT dream car, the one I’d built so many times on the web site, fancy wheels and all, and when it arrived six weeks later, my expectations could not have been higher. And yet, they’ve been exceeded the past two years. The Volt is fun to drive, great for my kids, reliable, and unbelievably fuel efficient. (I often go three or four months without going to the gas station.) It is still, even after all this time, my dream car. Maybe the Cadillac ELR is a little bit my dream car now, but no no the Volt is awesome. I don’t want my Volt to feel unloved.

I want to be clear that no one is paying me to write this. I didn’t get a free Volt (ALTHOUGH I WILL ACCEPT ONE) or money off on my next oil change or whatever. I just really love my car. Even after two years of driving it every day, my Volt makes me really happy. I know it’s just a car, but what a car.


John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars.

Source: Fastlane

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“And so I got my dream car.”

“I didn’t buy one off the lot. I got my EXACT dream car, the one I’d built so many times on the web site, fancy wheels and all, and when it arrived six weeks later, my expectations could not have been higher.”
Am I dreaming; did John Green just buy his Volt off the website and have it delivered? I’d buy a Volt too if I “didn’t buy one off the lot” and it “arrived six weeks later” to my driveway!

Sounds like the Tesla delivery model. 🙂

This is 2 years old isn’t it? I’m sure of it! He had a video on his new Volt on his shared channel, thevlogbrothers.

Thank you John Green for sharing.
I have a Nissan Leaf, but I love everything I have seen and heard about the second generation Chevy Volt. I think the Chevy Volt is an engineering marvel and I would love to read more of customer’s experiences with this car.

here he talks about it


His story hits home, because it tracks closely to how I acquired and enjoyed my Volt for three years. Configured off the website, ordered through the dealer, and delivered 6 weeks later. Two small kids, and the car was perfect for my family size. Probably went to the gas station less than him, though. At 24k miles, I used 146 gallons of gasoline.

Only difference is that I actually now do have the ELR. With 3 and 7 year olds, they fit fine in the pseudo backseats.

It just got even more fuel efficient, with the price of oil plummeting, or less expensive to operate. I think the impact of the Volt, Leaf, Tesla, in fact the electric car revolution has had, is having and will continue to have into the future, on the price of oil. Very few, if any, analysts point to this sea change in transportation, as a major cause of lower oil prices. I think this slight is a result typical group think in regards too market forces. For instance this latest drop is the Saudis trying to force out the weaker hands of the N.A. continental U.S. shale producers, according to common wisdom. Well certainly it will have an effect on those producers, but at the same time their own OPEC children, Venezuela and other marginal producers who need higher prices, are starving to death. the old saw, “Burning down the barn to get rid of rats,” comes to mind. Then after the destruction of the U.S. shale oil gangs, the big boss can come in and clean up. “Yeah we are taking back our territory”, our market share. Thinking like a primate, from my point of view. I could rant on,… Read more »

I thought the Saudis keep producing at the levels they are to weaken Iran more than anyone else

I think they are playing multiple games.

but to quote my namesake (Kosh from Babylon 5):

“The avalanche has begun, it is too late for the pebbles to vote”