GM and EVgo Roll Out New Fast-Charging Stations

2019 Chevy Bolt EV Premier Charging Port | Victoria, TX

General Motors and EVgo are teaming up to add 2,700 new fast-charging stations across the United States. These will not only give more drivers access to stations but may also persuade drivers to buy electric vehicles for the first time.

No small feat, this project will take place during the next five years, gradually expanding the EVgo network. Popular suburban and urban locations, such as retail stores, restaurants, grocery shops and entertainment centers, will gain the charging stations. As such, when driving your EV in Victoria, Texas, you may be able to more easily find a station.

The first stations will arrive at the beginning of 2021 and will be able to charge a maximum of four vehicles at once. They utilize 100 percent renewable energy and can charge your EV in as fast as 15 to 30 minutes. This means that you won’t have to take a break from exploring Port Lavaca for long if your vehicle is due for a charge.

General Motors also has announced plans to introduce at least 12 new EV models by 2023. With the increasing availability of charging stations, more drivers may be interested in purchasing these new vehicles.

If you’re interested in buying an EV or learning about the different models available, give us a call at Atzenhoffer, or view our inventory online.

Do You Need to Wax Your Car?

Woman washing car | Victoria, TX

Waxing your car after a wash has always been touted as essential for keeping your car shiny and staving off rust buildup. But is it really a necessary part of car care? Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of waxing your vehicle, as well as one thing you shouldn’t neglect when it comes to cleaning your car.

Benefits of Waxing

On a modern vehicle with a strong clear coat applied, the biggest benefit of waxing is cosmetic. It keeps your vehicle looking shiny and like it just rolled off the assembly line. A flawless, shiny paint job can even increase resale value.

Waxing can also extend the time between washes because it keeps away debris. The protective clear coat also does this, but it’s not invincible, so waxing can also help protect the clear coat.

Drawbacks of Waxing

On the other hand, waxing is a time-consuming task that can also get expensive, without much benefit. You might want to wax once or twice a year just for an added layer of protection against the elements and to keep that shiny look. But waxing after a wash is not necessary to keep your car healthy.

Protect the Undercarriage

The one part of your car that’s still made of metal and exposed to the elements — and doesn’t have the benefit of a clear coat — is the undercarriage. This is the main place you’ll see rust buildup, so focus your cleaning efforts here even if you skip the car wax. Make sure you thoroughly clean the underside on a regular basis and apply an underbody sealant.

Contact us at Atzenhoffer for more helpful strategies to keep your car healthy and clean as we head into a new season of driving. And remember to schedule your car’s seasonal service appointment to ensure your safe travels this fall and winter.

Distracted Driving Surges in the US

Man driving while on phone | Victoria, TX

Following spring’s unprecedented lack of traffic on the road, it appears that many drivers are getting back in the swing of things on the daily commute. Unfortunately, a recent distracted driving study suggests that drivers are returning to their normal driving routines with a smartphone in one hand and a latte in the other.

According to the survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netradyne, 82 percent of the participants claim that distracted driving is on the rise based on their experiences on the road. And half of those surveyed believe that roadways are more dangerous than ever. This sentiment isn’t surprising in the slightest given the fact that one out of every seven drivers surveyed said that they or their vehicle were injured as a result of distracted driving. Furthermore, one in five surveyed said that they were legally reprimanded for driving while distracted.

The study attempted to uncover some of the reasons for the sudden upswing in distracted driving. Netradyne points out that summer, sometimes referred to as “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is the first time many teen drivers are on the road. In addition to inattentive youngsters, this summer saw many rusty drivers return to work after several months off the road.

The Atzenhoffer family wants you to stay safe this summer, so please put your phone in “do not disturb” mode while on the road. And remember to stop by in person to browse our selection of new vehicles, if you’re in need of a safe new ride to boost your confidence behind the wheel.

Chevrolet’s Diverse Engines Suit Different Preferences

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Duramax | Victoria, TX

Whether you’re looking for power, efficiency, or a mix of both, Chevrolet’s diverse engines means that you can find just the right one to suit your lifestyle and needs.

Rewarding muscle

If you’re planning on towing with a gas engine, the Silverado 1500’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine is your best bet. With a best-in-class 420 horsepower, best-in-class 460 lb-ft of torque and best-in-class 13,400-pound towing capacity, you’ll have exceptional power at your fingers.

For larger vehicles, the Silverado 3500 HD’s Duramax® 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine takes the crown. Its 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque grant it an astonishing 35,500-pound towing capacity.

The 6500 XD Low Cab Forward’s diesel-powered 5.2-liter inline-four engine and Silverado 6500 HD’s 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine lead Chevrolet’s commercial segment, allowing for GWVR’s of 25,950 and 23,500 pounds respectively.

Overall, however, Chevrolet’s most powerful production engine is the supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 in the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which provides 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. This power allows the Corvette ZR1 to reach an incredible 212 mph.

Excellent efficiency

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark redefines gas efficiency with its 1.4-liter EcoTec engine, which achieves 38 mpg on highways.*

Looking for power and efficiency? The 2020 Silverado 1500 model’s Duramax® 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine gets 33 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient truck in America.** It still retains much of its maximum power with this engine, getting 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque to power its 9,300-pound towing capacity.

Stop by Atzenhoffer Chevrolet to speak with one of our sales reps in person. We’ll help you find the perfect engine to suit your performance goals.

*EPA-estimated 30 MPG city/38 highway with 5-speed manual transmission or available CVT.

**EPA-estimated with available Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine.

Tips to Working From Home With Kids

Spending time with grandkids | Victoria, TX

With millions of Americans on lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many of us are working from home. If you’re working from home with kids, it can be even more challenging to adjust to a new routine. These tips can help you find the balance between being productive and spending time with your family this season. 

Inform your boss and coworkers

Everyone is operating outside of the norm right now, so there should be plenty of empathy for at-home distractions. Talk to your boss and let them know there are kids around, and that there may be some interruptions. This way your work team will know what to expect and can more easily adjust to the circumstances.

Take breaks

Work boundaries can be less daunting for your kids if they know they’ll still get to see you throughout the day. When possible, take 15 minute breaks every 45 minutes or so to check in with your children and do something fun together. This can help them feel more engaged with activities that you’ve lined up for them, and will break up the monotony of a work day.

Try virtual play dates

Even though you can’t have the grandparents or your kids’ favorite sitter over to the house, you may be able to solicit their help virtually. If you have a big meeting or project you need to focus on, try arranging a virtual play date with a guardian. They could play a game, read a book, sing songs, or find other ways to occupy your kids for a little while so you can get your work done.

Atzenhoffer wishes you and your family a healthy and fun summer. Remember to call us if your vehicle needs service; we’ll schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you.