Last post on Nov 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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Chevrolet Volt, Electric Cars, Sedan
#24 of 33 Re: 2175 miles and 1.1 gal of gas [cody1943]
Sep 20, 2012 (5:25 pm)
I have only had my volt since Sept 05th.
I only have 229 miles on it.
(I have a diesel work truck)
I have not used a drop of gas yet.
I just love the car!
#25 of 33 Re: 2175 miles and 1.1 gal of gas [icemanbryan]
Sep 20, 2012 (7:16 pm)
I have 6500 miles on my Volt, best car I ever owned. Averaging 46 miles per charge, 38 MPH on gas, 103 MPG on the computer. Evertime I blow by a d-wad in an F-1,2,350 obviously compesating for something God forgot to give them, I laugh till I cry.
Oct 04, 2012 (6:56 am)
We have nine solar PV arrays on roof and so we can send watts directly to Volt during day; the fit and finish of the Volt is beautiful. I've used 1.2 gals of gas and gone almost 200 miles. A great value; a great car.
#27 of 33 Re: NO Gas in 5 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!! [gagrice]
Oct 05, 2012 (4:31 am)
Well, I hate to be a party pooper but if you went 5 weeks and used no gas, you probably could have gone with an EV rather than a hybrid. I've gone 3 months now and more than 1500 miles in my Mitsubishi iMiEV and bought NO GAS. It's the best.
#28 of 33 Re: NO Gas in 5 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!! [henrygiii]
Oct 05, 2012 (6:06 am)
If you live where it rarely gets hot or real cold you should be fine with your EV. The Leaf is showing premature loss of battery capacity in hot places like AZ and CA. Without solar panels here in CA our electricity is too expensive. How many miles are you getting on a full charge?
#29 of 33 Re: NO Gas in 5 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!! [henrygiii]
Oct 05, 2012 (11:10 am)
Not being a "party pooper" but you do point out why they make more than one flavor of Ice Cream.
The Mits is a great little car, but every car is really just a "tool" (think of them as a hammer my kids hate that). What type of construction work you are doing determines which hammer you buy.
Although he was only driving to work for the last 5 weeks... does not mean that he might not need to drive his car to another state this week. The first two months my Volt was only used for local commuting where a pure EV would have worked fine... but then came the trip from Utah to Vegas, down to SoCal and then back to Utah. Now you could do that trip in an EV... but it would have taken a really long time waiting for all the re-charging...
Now that is a "silly" example, but just meant to illustrate a point. We all have slightly different needs so which tool is the "best," must be determined not by the choice someone else made, but rather by each individual. Personally I had planned on buying the Prius PHEV when it came out as I have owned 3 Prius vehicles and like each one. However, when I learned it only had 13 miles of EV range... I said "Ehh... what is that supposed to do." Did not make any sense for me... but it does qualify for the HOV lanes in California and elsewhere which probably makes it a great car for those folks. Then I moved on and was going to buy the Honda Fit EV. However, my disabled daughter who does not drive as much anymore needed a vehicle and I thought the Volt would be perfect for her. So I jumped the gun and ordered one (as it was going to take some time to get one from my local dealer). Then my daughter determined that she preferred the Malibu so Voila... I have a Volt
#30 of 33 Re: NO Gas in 5 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!! [gagrice]
Oct 06, 2012 (6:11 pm)
My routine is to drive to and from work each day. I make side trips occasionally but nothing grand. My roundtrip commute is 36 miles. Each night when I come home I've used about half of the battery. I plug it into my standard 120V outlet and in the morning I'm ready to go. A full charge each morning leaves me with between 68 and 73 miles depending on how I drove it the day before.
I've noticed, maybe, a 10% impact when I turn on the heat or the AC. I'm in New England. Winter is coming so I'll keep reporting back how the car is responding. Mitsubishi has been selling this car for years in Norway so I'm not expecting any show stoppers.
#32 of 33 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Nov 05, 2012 (8:56 am)
EV owners in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, what's your experience been? Please email smaredmunds.com with your daytime contact information and a few words about your experience. Please respond by Friday, November 9, 2012.
#33 of 33 Re: Love My Volt [robkoontz]
Nov 14, 2012 (1:53 pm)
Can you tell us more about connecting the Solar Arrays to the Volt during the day? Would love to have a Solar Canopy at home but I like the idea of utilizing Solar while at work as well. Thank you!