Posts Tagged ‘efficiency’

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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Custom wheels for our Chevy Volt. They’re here!

June 30th, 2012    Posted in Getting Started with Volt
 

Focal F10 wheels from Tire RackNo I have never considered myself to be a Gearhead but I do like nice wheels. I’ve always felt that almost any car can look great if you put a nice set of wheels on it. So, naturally that is one thing I am changing on our (yet-to-arrive) Chevy Volt. The stock wheel options look nice, but we can do better and of course as they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Enter Tire Rack! I’ve used Tire Rack many times in the past and every experience is first rate. The beauty of Tire Rack is that you can search for wheels and tires using a lengthy list of criteria. First and most important is that you can save your specific car in their site and then search for wheels or tires which will fit that exact vehicle. Very helpful!

Since the focus of our new Volt is efficiency, the next criteria I was interested in was wheel weight. The less weight the car has to push, especially in the wheels, the better for attaining optimum EV range. Read more

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