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Commented On: Why I Bought A Prius Plug-In, Not A Volt Or Leaf: A Reader's Choice


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Update: 1140 cars as of today. You can't escape from OnStar, GM has you up on their website:

http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car/

That shows we are about to reach 80 million miles, 62% on electricity. VoltStats shows electricity usage at 71.1%, so there is a little early-adopter bias there, compared to the fleet as a whole.

Commented On: Why I Bought A Prius Plug-In, Not A Volt Or Leaf: A Reader's Choice


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Not any more. It's up to 36.57 today. If you sort by MPGcs you will see that the lowest mileage is only 1.43. that's because the car is so new it has yet to use any gas! The factory burns about half a gallon during testing, so someone that never uses any gas will show that stationary burn as gas consumed in the stats. That car that only has 1.43MPG has not even gone 1 mile on the gas generator! I have gone 7300 miles on 1.9 gallons so far, and my MPG is reported as 14MPGcs. The one time I did 10 miles at a stretch, I used 0.25 gallons, or 40MPGcs. I agree the VoltStats average is meaningless.

Commented On: Your Chevrolet Volt Needs A Charge Sustaining Mode: Here’s Why


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Not really the same thing. For one, in cold conditions the Volt will run on battery first, which uses battery power to provide heat, rather than allowing you to warm the car with the waste heat from the ICE. Hold will allow that.

Commented On: Coda Abandons Plan To Build Its Battery Cells In U.S.


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It's really sad that all these "Free Market" fundies have had the stage for so long. Look what they did here! They managed to kill another "Job Creator" by loudly proclaiming their fantasy that "Government shouldn't try to pick winners". They completely ignore the facts in the Solyendra case, that what was a good idea got beat in the marketplace by a heavily subsidized foreign competitor that basically started dumping product on our market to drive them and others out of business. Free Market? Delusional is the only word that fits.

If you truly don't like taxpayers giving money to businesses, you should be demanding an end to all subsidies, oil, mining, agriculture, you name it. Ethanol finally went, lets get rid of oil next...

Commented On: GM: We’ll Replace Chevrolet Volt 120-Volt Charging Units


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What's really too bad is that the GM engineers only had time to review a vendor's (Lear) design after the car went to market. The only thing that heavier gauge wire gains in this case is a better path for the heat generated by a marginal connection in a semi-worn out AC outlet, in effect acting as a heat sink. The O/M states on page 9-56 that "a grounded, dedicated, 15 amp or greater, three-prong wall plug" must be used. I used a dedicated 20 amp socket for months in the heat of summer, and never had any heat issues with the cord or the plug.

Commented On: GM: We’ll Replace Chevrolet Volt 120-Volt Charging Units


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In the words of Ronnie's writers: "There you go again!"

Did you read the article? It says "in one case, even giving an owner a second-degree burn." How did one case become "victims"?

The problem is not that the cord was too small, it _is_ rated for the current after all, but the people who plugged it into a 30 year old worn out, or corroded outlet, thus causing a high resistance heater rather than a decent connection. The owner's manual has a warning on page 9-55: "a worn or damaged AC outlet may cause burns or start a fire". People that don't read the instructions and warnings don't have a leg to stand on in court... You can read the O/M here:
http://www.chevrolet.com/assets/pdf/owners/manuals/2011/2011_chevrolet_volt_owners.pdf

Commented On: GM: We’ll Replace Chevrolet Volt 120-Volt Charging Units


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It's too bad Lear tried to cheap out on their contract to build these fancy extension cords. Judging by all the extra components inside, they hired a rookie designer for this project!

Commented On: New Chevy Volt Ad Hits Back At Critics With 'Just The Facts'


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"The average Volt driver (as calculated by real world data on [Volt Stats DOT Net] ) gets 116MPG and uses the battery only (not gas) just under 70% of the time... With 0 range anxiety."

Latest data (over 3 million miles!) is 120MPG and 71% on battery. Right now 680 cars signed up with 471 of those 2012 models. S/N's from B00044 to C19726.

Commented On: New Chevy Volt Ad Hits Back At Critics With 'Just The Facts'


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I compare it to a car that handles better than some 911's, my 914, and it comes close. If not in the actual cornering limits, at least in the way it addresses corners and the solid feel, the lack of body roll that makes the Volt almost as much fun!

Commented On: New Chevy Volt Ad Hits Back At Critics With 'Just The Facts'


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Bad at math much? $39995, say 40K - $7500 is 32,500, so no soup for you. At 8 cents a KWH times 10.4 KWH = 84 cents to fill in my book, AND I get 40 miles for my 84 cents, plus 40MPG once I'm burning gas, so even if I use today's Costco price for Premium, $4.37, my Volt costs $4.11 to go 70 miles. Prius runs on Regular, so you get to pay only $4.17 per for your 70 mile run @ 57MPG, which works out to $5.12. The real difference is that no matter where you go you burn gas. I on the other hand have not taken any long trips yet, but I have driven 5800 miles while only using 1 gallon of dealer provided gas. Even if I was to spot you an extra MPG, at 58MPG your Prius would need 100 gallons to do that distance. And my 5800 miles ran me about $154.
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