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

    It certainly is gratifying to see our spouses get excited about what we,
    here, are all so passionate about. My wife had a similar comment last
    night. "I got down to CVS and back with 999 MPG, but then at the top
    of the hill [2/10 mile from our house] the engine started so I only ended
    up with 400 something." This was a PIP with ~10 mile AER and she started
    with a partial charge since she had just gotten home from an extended
    road trip but had plugged in immediately.

    Every little bit helps. Enjoy and thanks!
  2. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    The Volt is the Premium with most options for 12' and the sticker was a shade under $45. We made the deal with it priced at $28k.

    There is a base 12 Volt near St. Louis that was marked down to around $29,500 with only 600 miles on it.
  3. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    We are still on the same tank of gas. My wife drove the car yesterday on a 52 mile round trip and I was very pleased to see that she got 40 miles EV. The range when it was fully charged was 41 miles so that was very good. She arrived at her stop 25 miles away and still had 18 miles of EV range left. She drove in town for a few stops and about 2 miles then returned home. I was at work 50 miles away and pulled up the OnStar app on my Droid and captured the following screenshot.


    Hopefully, we can hit 1000 miles with the first tank. I'm on midnights, so her driving will be uncontrolled. LOL

  4. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Very nice. I like the screen shots.

    Good luck,
  5. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    My wife's response when I posted the screenshot on her FB wall and tagged it #HyperMilingMomma.
  6. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    It' a woman's job to disagree. With just about anything.
    But then........... my wife claims that I disagree with everything she says.
  7. xcel

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

    Hi Mike:

    What I am coming away from this is the MPGe of the Volt (98 MPGe) is going to be easily reached for most given the 40 mile all-electric range. The Prius PHEV's (95 MPGe) is not going to come close for most as it spends far to much time at 50 mpg even with a normal commute.

    I bet the Ford Energi PHEVs make their MPGe too.

    Wouldn't that be a turn of events?

  8. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Yesterday was 3 weeks and we still are on the same tank of gas. Lifetime MPG is back up to 199mpg and about 950 miles on this tank. I'm still liking the Volt, but more importantly, SHE IS!
  9. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Hi Wayne,

    Yes, it certainly would! And here, I think the EPA should make some adjustments
    to more closely match real life, as we've encountered with the hybrid C-MAX and
    Fusion numbers. Real/likely MPGe for Pip is closer to 60-70 (95 EPA), for the Volt
    is an honest 75+ for Mike (94 EPA for 2012), and for the C-MAX Energi ?? (100 EPA).
    Hmmm, I'm guessing the Energi's will be somewhere between 50 and 75 on the
    average, closer to 50 for the average who drive a lot and closer to 70 for those with
    shorter commutes and occasional road trips.

    I think this proves the worth of plug-ins as a viable alternative (once battery costs
    come down) for high MPG transportation that has the unlimited range that we want.

  10. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Very nice, Mike! And good for your wife, too. I can see that
    the Volt's something special with the driving dynamics and
    decent AER.

  11. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Happy wife, happy life!
  12. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    The 1000 mile mark on the first tank was achieved tonight. We brought it home 4 weeks ago tomorrow. I filled it up that night and that was the last gas put in it. There has been one day of over 180 miles of which most was on the charge sustaining (cs) mode burning gas. There have been several trips of around 50 miles of which 7 to 12 miles on the CS mode. There are NO public charge stations around, so all charging was done at home with a kw rate of about
    10 cents. The tank is at 188.1mpg and the lifetime mpg has crept back up to 203mpg.

    For the 6306 lifetime mileage of the car, it has burned 31 gallons of gasoline. Our Prius would have gone through about 123 gallons for the same miles. In dollars, that would be $492 versus $124 + $123 for electricity.

    So far, the Volt has exceeded my expectations.

  13. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Congrats, Mike, for the right choice of vehicle for you!

  14. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    Tomorrow I am driving the Volt to work. I checked the Prius today, and the round trip was 94.1 according to its odometer. I emailed the appropriate people at work a couple of days ago and they granted me permission to park in motorcycle parking and plug in at a 120v outlet. With the hills I have, it will be interesting to see how it will do.
  15. Is that 0.10 your elec rate after all taxes and fees, or base rate?

    After taxes, fees, paperwork fee, customer service charge, we had to mail you a bill fee, etc the one month I checked we were at $0.147.

    Shouldn't be too much of an issue for me. I plan on charging at the college for free as much as possible or until they kick me out.

    Had a little confusion yesterday, my first time charging there. Chargepoint app said not charging, Onstar said charging. So The Agent and I went for a walk to check it. 10 minutes each way to the parking lot. Car was charging.
  16. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    After plugging in, the Volt horn will chirp after about 30 seconds if it is charging. Also, the light on the dash will be green and solid if charging. If it is red, charging failed. If it is flashing green, charge is complete.
    Yes. 10 cents is after all taxes and fees added. I think the raw cost is about 6.5 cents.
  17. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    I made it to work with 5 miles of charge remaining.
  18. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    That' excellent, Mike, The EPA range is 35 miles , right? And you got an easy 47. I'm interested to see what CleanMPG'ers get from their Volts.
  19. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    Nice! Hopefully you get enough out of he 120v to get home.

    I've settled in at about 44 miles EV and 12 ICE on my work trips. Not too bad for having no place to plug in. I did try a 240v ChargePoint station at a public garage about a mile from work last week. I let it charge for 2 hours and it was more than enough to get me home on battery. Ended up with 60.1 miles on battery and 5.9 on ICE which I used on the way in.
  20. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    I plugged into 120v at 5:15am and OnStar says it will be 100% at 14:15. I will shut the lights off on the way home, but the AC will be on Eco. I get better mpg in the Prius going home than going to work. I hope it works the same in the Volt. I will be leaving here by 6pm.

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