New Volt

Discussion in 'Chevrolet Volt' started by rmcmast, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. Harold

    Harold Well-Known Member

    Decisions,decisions!!! They look good together? You will make it to work and back easily with the Leaf. Interesting thread you have going . Thanks for keeping us posted. H
  2. Paymaster

    Paymaster Well-Known Member

    The problem is I am in sales so I have to drive during the day as well, sometimes as much as well over 100 without an ability to recharge. This is my result from the drive to work this morning. The conditions were perfect and I took the non-freeway route so mixture of 35-60 mph.


    26 mile drive with 32 miles indicated remaining. I like that. The funny thing is the same trip is .5 miles shorter according to the CMAX.
  3. SoSlo

    SoSlo Well-Known Member

    Whatever you have plugged in could be plugged into the small compartment atop the dash as there is a power point there.
  4. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    Here's a quick report after about 7 weeks with the Volt. I've put 1,670 miles on it so far and I'm still over 1/2 on the tank I started with! Today's round to work is shown below (57.1 miles). I'm routinely getting between 50 to 52 miles per charge.

    I went into this hoping for 150mpg or more considering my distance from work, and right now the car shows a lifetime MPG of 585 on Voltstats. That's with just a few mid day charges. Also, most of our weekend driving is all EV. I couldn't be happier with this car ... unless I could charge at work.

  5. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Hi Rick,

    You're continuing to do well on all counts and I see your useable
    battery capacity has gone up a few tenths.

    Keep up the good work!
  6. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    Great job, Rick!
  7. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member


    The highest I've had on a charge is 10.8kWh. I had 1 mile left on the battery range display so I could have gotten a little more on this trip. I'm usually close to 5 miles per kWh.
  8. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Great work Rick :D
  9. joesgot4

    joesgot4 Well-Known Member

    i love your car dude, congrats
  10. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry ...

    Went to fill up our Chevy Volt for the first time since we got it on June 17 (3,080 miles). I pulled into our electric coop's gas station and discovered they don't sell premium anymore. Guess I'll wait till over the weekend and stop at Quick Trip. I have about 3 gallons left so it should take around 6 gallons to fill.

  11. We're at 4300 miles. Put in a gallon earlier this month. We've been leaving the gas range around 50 miles

    I think with what little gas we use I may get the more expensive E0 for the volt. It is premium iirc.
  12. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    The gas range on mine is around 100 miles. My wife gets nervous when a car gets to 1/4 tank or below (even one with a big battery in the back), so I'll go ahead and fill it later this weekend.

    At this rate I'll fill it around 12 times over three years. Winter temps will drive that number up a bit though. Not bad considering my 58 mile round trips to work.
  13. Real curious how winter range will be hit. I usually get back home with around 20 miles remaining, so shouldn't be an issue. And I can plug in for about 2.5-3 hours before the employee with a volt shows up and bumps me.
    The agent usually gets home with 9 miles range left (or less). And she cant plug in at work. Only thing she has going for her is the later start time. Sun is out and helping to warm up the car.
  14. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    If I could get 2-3 hours on 220v I'd make it all electric most days.

    Here are the results after the first fill:

    Miles driven: 3,115
    Gallons: 5.667
    Mpg: 549.67

    Mpge (according to 88.14

    I can live with that :)
  15. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Very nice, Rick!

  16. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Winter will bring new challenges for me, too. I've had hardly any winter
    time with the Leaf (March 2013 acquisition) and I had my AWD Mariner
    for last winter so the Pip didn't see much winter driving. My wife drives
    the Pip and she basically doesn't drive when it snows. This year, I think
    I'll get a dedicated set of wheels and snow tires for the Pip and only drive
    the Leaf when the roads are clear. As for running the heat, I think the Pip
    is as good as any other vehicle that needs liquid fuel to provide cabin
    heat and I'm not too worried about warmup time. The Leaf's heat pump
    is an asset I expect I'll use sparingly anyway on my <5 mile commutes.
    I do plan to park to advantage: in the shade most times in warm weather
    and in the sun when it is cold out. Cabin preheat on AC current will be
    limited to the mornings; I have no place to charge at work.

    I'm investigating and investing in the capability to reprogram the Pip's
    TPMS control module so I can swap wheel/tire combos at will. More
    when/if I'm successful. I should have put this in the recent postings about
    winter tires. I'll do that another time.

  17. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    It's been a brutal winter here and we just got over freezing for the first time in about 3 weeks. Even highs were struggling to get above 15° on many days which meant there was no way to avoid the engine coming on for heat assist (even if you don't have they heater on). Battery range dipped down to around 36-38 miles per charge. Today I finally got back above 40 (40.6) with temps in the 40's.

    On the way home from work tonight I filled the tank for only the 3rd time since I got the Volt last June. My lowest mpg tank so far: 245.2mpg. That's covers all winter so far from late November to today. The previous 2 were 289mpg and 549mpg. Lifetime I'm at 363.8mpg over 6,015 miles. Given my 58 mile round trips to work I'm very satisfied and it exceeds my expectations. Only $52 in gas spent in the last 7 1/2 months.
  18. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the update Rick - interesting to see how the cold hits your range.
    I saw the Volt's sister yesterday, the Vauxhall Ampera, only the second one I've seen - it looks quite futuristic - nice!
  19. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    The Volt is starting to creep back up to 50 mile electric range again. Today with temps near 60° I had a 46 mile round trip late in the day. The 1st 23 miles were mostly highway and I used a little less than 1/2 the battery on the way.

    On the return trip I was able to stay on city roads for all except the last 12 miles. I managed 47.6 miles on battery showing 10.2 kWh used. There were 2 miles remaining on the range. I probably could have managed 50 miles before the engine came on but my wife didn't want to ride around in circles when we got close to home :).

    Sure is nice seeing more than 45 miles on the electric range again!
  20. rmcmast

    rmcmast Well-Known Member

    I reached a milestone tonight I thought I'd never see given my 60 mile round trips to work: Over 1,000 miles without using any gas in the Volt. I've been using a charging station about 1/2 mile from work to top off the battery quite a bit. Haven't used gas since 4/9.

    Also, here's a picture I took after filling up gas cans for the mower. I found a ChargePoint charging station at our Coop's gas station. Not much time to get much of a charge, but it made an interesting picture. There's more gas in the hatchback than I've used in the Volt in the last 6 months.


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