A Volt is at Home

Discussion in 'Chevrolet Volt' started by msirach, May 1, 2013.

  1. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Now you're hypermiling! Nice work! Keep up those ratios, but more
    than that, you're doing very well in energy efficiency per mile, gas OR

    Here are the numbers behind the scenes as well as I can ascertain:

    dist: 47.1 e 7.0 g 54.1 total
    fuel economy: 416 MPG
    10.2 kWh 0.13 gal
    4.6 miles/kWh or 21.7 kWh/100 miles
    54 MPG on gas
    125 MPGe
    156 MPG on electric

    earlier sample:
    dist: 85 e 52 g 137 total
    fuel economy: 80.6 MPG (calculated)
    38.7 kWh 1.7 gal (calculated)
    2.2 miles/kWh or 45.6 kWh/100 miles (calculated)
    30.6 MPG on gas (calculated)
    48 MPGe (displayed)
    74 MPG on electric (displayed)

  2. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    54 MPG on gas ? That's excellent. But as we all know the EPA highway number is merely a starting point. If my lowly Civic can do over 1.35 X Highway EPA , then I'm sure a Volt can do so , to , when driven correctly. Good job , Mike.
  3. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Yesterday was another experimental run. I found that if we do another Saturday trip together, the Prius will be driven. The only charging station in our destination (Carbondale, IL) was at the Chevy dealer. I talked to the service manager on our way over and he said they would be happy to let me charge on their level 2 in their service bay. We were visiting our daughter so I thought that would be perfect.... NOT. My wife FREAKED. She said I was obsessing.

    Needless to say, we slogged around all day on the ICE. It started off bad since it was pouring down rain on the way over and I only got a little over 30 miles out of the battery. DW was in the car so the climate control was on along with her seat heater. Lifetime MPG was hit hard also. It was at 200mpg at the start of the trip.

  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

    Since you don't have Hold Mode you might want to stick it in Mountain Mode on a longer trip to save some electric for running around at your destination.

    PS 41.7 mpg on the gas. Not too shabby loaded up and cooling down
  5. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    I will try the mountain out in a week or so. I've got to get the lifetime back up.;)
  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I agree with INATM. Not bad considering the conditions, and one could
    tell from the numbers that you tried.

    Curious that your electric energy usage was less than the full pack rating.
    Did you not start with a full charge, or didn't use it all somehow, as in
    the system limited battery usage for some reason?

    re: recovering lifetime numbers - just do a little math and see how many
    miles of INFINITE MPG it takes to offset the lifetime to whatever you want
    it to be. You thought you might run the Prius on longer trips, so that's one
    way to stay all electric with the Volt.

    Have fun,
  7. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    The Volt DTE after charge was at 30 miles the second day and has crept up to 36 miles DTE this morning. I am anxious to see if the Clipper Creek level two will change the performance any. A couple of mornings the car charge showed 1 mile more than it did at MyVolt.com. It is really cool to monitor the charge from in the house.
  8. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    That increasing DTE gives you positive feedback on your prudent driving
    style. Congrats. Your AER should be better than the nominal 40 regardless
    of the car computer's DTE estimate if you keep up your hypermiling.

    re: my earlier comment about pack energy usage. I was looking at the
    10.1 and 10.2 kWh readings after those trips, and my mind was still stuck
    on the 16 kWh or so pack capacity. I see some published usable capacity
    number in that 10.x kWh range, so I guess that's normal. All's well. Sorry
    about that.

  9. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    No prob. I'm still enthralled with the "no gas" part of it. I will dig into it deeper. I know that 10.2 has been available, yet only 10.1 is used. Many are getting over 50 & 60 on their dte after charge. That's what I'm wanting.
  10. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Here are the stats from Voltstats.net this evening.

  11. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    My wife is improving. If I can get her to use the auto on the climate control, I think it will be much better. I got in it this evening to take the pic, and the AC was set on 62°. I explained the control to her and how to prestart the car. I was 50 miles away this morning an I started it to prewarm it about 30 minutes before she left for work. The OnStar app works great on the Droid, iPhone, iPad, and PC.

    The pic on the right is her trip yesterday with the heater maxed out on high for the 18.3 mile round trip to work. The pic on the left is her trip today. It was 4.5 miles longer because she got her hair done after work and also picked up food for supper. I liked seeing that she traveled farther and used less kw.

  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    I love seeing 250+ mpg :D

    Tell your wife that too!

  13. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Nice catch on the climate control, Mike. Kudos and other encouragement
    to the wife, too. And I see the 1 mpg improvement in the lifetime number. :)

  14. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member


    Congrats on the 2012 Volt! My wife and took a test drive in a 2013 a couple of weeks ago and we really liked it. We've had just one car since my wife retired, but we are about ready to add a second car and would like a plug-in.

    I checked with my Ford dealer on the C-Max Energi but they have never had any in stock. The Volt is probably a better fit for me with its extended EV range given my 58-60 mile round trip to work. I'll be interested to see how your EV range improves.
  15. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone! Everyday I am more pleased with the Volt. This is my first GM purchase since about 1988.

    Rick, You might check on Autotrader or at dealers for a low mileage used Volt. Ours only had 5200 miles on it and only 500 of those were on ICE. It was the end of the month and we got the 7 month old car for over $16k off of sticker and they gave us top dollar on the 08 Prius we traded in.
  16. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    WOW!!! I just fell in the floor. My wife walked in the door after work and the first words out of her mouth weren't, Hi, How are you, or my day was hectic like usual. She walked in and the first words out of her mouth were, "I have 19 miles left!" :D
  17. NeilBlanchard

    NeilBlanchard Well-Known Member

    Congrats - I wish the Volt was big enough for my family.

    I'm pretty sure they are using the 33.7kWh/gallon equivalency that the EPA uses. To get it down to ~210Wh/mile is very good, in my opinion.
  18. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    I'll keep that in mind. The dealer we took the test drive at has one that they've been using for a loaner, but it's the base model. The 2 main extras I'm looking for are leather seats and enhanced safety package #1 which has the backup camera. I've really gotten used to that on may C-Max. Makes backing in a snap in the parking garage at work.
  19. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    I love this!
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    A practically brand new used Volt for ~ $24K? Fantastic deal!!!

    And to hear your wife's comment last night must have been tremendously satisfying.


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