Posts Tagged ‘charging stations’

Charging up our Chevy Volt is as easy as plugging in your iPhone!

December 9th, 2012    Posted in About Chevy Volt, Getting Started with Volt, The Volt Experience
 

When we first got the Volt, I wasn’t sure what it would be like to be plugging the car in every time we returned home. Would it be a hassle or a nuisance? Would we sometimes forget or would it be in any way difficult? I also wondered if I needed to do anything special in my home to accommodate plugging in a car as opposed to any other device we have around the house. After living with this for a few months now I have to say it’s been a very easy and seamless process no more inconvenient than plugging in my cell phone (which happens every time I get home).

Before taking delivery of the car I did a little legwork to be sure we’d be ready when it arrived. Specifically I wanted to know if I had to do anything special to prepare our home for charging the car on a daily basis. I was happy to learn that I really had nothing to do at all. The car can easily be charged from a standard 120V household electric outlet. I’ve got eight of those in my garage so no problem. One recommendation was to check the outlet you expect to use for charging to be sure it is in good condition. If it looks old or in any way damaged it’s a good idea to replace it with a new commercial quality receptacle available from any home improvement store for less than $5. Another recommendation was to check the existing outlet to see if the electrician that installed it used the push-in style connections or the screw-down style. Apparently the screw-down style connection will give a more reliable connection for the best possible transfer of power. It all checked out for me and no changes were needed.

Charging the car is simple and only takes a moment to take care of each time we return home. Read more

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200mpg after 5,000 miles with our Chevy Volt!

November 30th, 2012    Posted in About Chevy Volt, Getting Started with Volt, The Volt Experience
 

2013 Chevy VoltUPDATE: March 29, 2013, As our Chevy Volt is fast approaching 10,000 miles driven, our lifetime MPG has climbed to 240+mpg and about 85% of our total miles driven are in EV mode (unassisted by the on-board gasoline powered generator). 🙂

This week our Chevy Volt reached 5,000 miles driven and it seemed a good time for an update. This won’t be too hard since the relevant numbers are pretty round. At 5,000 miles driven, just over 4,000 of those miles (4,064 to be exact) have been all electric. That’s a little more than 80% or our driving on electricity instead of gasoline. So far we’ve burned a total of 25.0 gallons of gas which gives us an overall fuel efficiency right at 200mpg. That’s just simple math comparing gasoline burned to total miles driven. 200MPG!!

Wow, this car is really doing everything it promises and it’s doing it in style. One thing that has helped is that my wife now has a charging station available at her place of employment. Her commute with the Volt is roughly 23 miles each way. With a total round trip distance of 46 miles she could make the whole drive on battery provided electric IF she drives very efficiently. But since part of that commute is at highway speeds that’s not an easy thing to do. Highway speed is not the most efficient speed range for an electric car. But with the ability to charge during the day, making the whole trip and some occasional added side trips using electricity alone is no problem at all.

All that said though, it’s good to point out that the whole reason we opted to buy the Chevy Volt is because you don’t have to sweat any limits that the battery range gives you. If you need to go further than the battery can carry you the car simply kicks on the gasoline powered range extending engine and you just keep driving, just like any other car. But when you own the car it can become a game against yourself at times to see just how long you can go without burning any gasoline. Doesn’t hurt the pocketbook either!

So with 5,000 miles covered on 25 gallons of gasoline we are pretty happy so far. Icing on the cake is that it’s a really solid car that drives great and looks good doing it. But that’s just my opinion…

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Need to find a charging station in your area? Google can help!

June 8th, 2012    Posted in Software/Tools
 

Use Google to locate charging stations!

Well, this is cool. I have to admit up front, I have come to be a pretty big fan of Google. So for me it was no surprise to learn that Google has made it a bit easier to find publicly accessible EV charging stations in your area. It’s simple using Google Maps!

First, go to http://maps.google.com/ and simply put in a search for “EV charging stations your-city your-state”. Read more

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