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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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Chevy Volt gives 50+ miles on a charge. How to beat EPA estimates (38).

September 1st, 2012    Posted in The Volt Experience
 

“How far can you go on a full charge with your Chevy Volt?”

Good question, and one I have already been asked numerous times since we took delivery. The EPA estimates the answer to be 38 miles but even in normal driving around town I’ve found that is a remarkable underestimation of the car’s capabilities. So yesterday morning I had a prime opportunity to see what it could do. After using the Volt to take my boys to school and run a couple of quick errands I drove on to see just how far it would go.

What you see above is the 7″ screen which is part of the center console in the cockpit of this car. What it’s showing is the Volt’s tally for what happened since the last time it was fully charged (overnight). As you can see it shows that I was able to travel a total 52.7 miles on pure electric power! This trip started at my home and ended there as well, so any gains from going downhill were equally offset by the same rise in elevation to complete the trip. If you ask me, that is incredible! Read more

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First day trip with our new Chevy Volt, lots to like in this car!

August 20th, 2012    Posted in Getting Started with Volt, The Volt Experience
 

Three days into owning our new Chevy Volt and it’s time for a road trip. This will be an interesting jaunt which will give us a good sense of what this car can do on the road. It will be a (roughly) 200 mile round trip which means it will not be all on electric power.

On this day we planned to take a day trip to Cumberland Mountain State Park. For the trip we briefly pondered whether to take the new Volt or drive our second car, an older SUV. It was really not a hard choice at all since even when running on the gas generator for power, the Volt should give us double the fuel mileage of the SUV.

Decision made, we loaded up four of us in the Volt and headed out. This would be our first trip to this destination so first order of business was to get some directions. One simple touch of the OnStar button was all it took. In a moment we had an OnStar representative asking how she could be of help. We told her where we wanted to go and in a matter of seconds we were hearing first navigation direction over the car stereo while the instructions were also shown on the 7″ screen in the center console stack. Easy peasy!

So off we went and just as expected we made the first part of our trip on electric power alone. No gas (yet). Read more

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