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Old 12-02-13, 09:23 AM   #141
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You should always get a full charge. It will just vary on how many miles you get on that charge.
In the summer we have traveled 50 miles on a charge.

Today it was 30 deg out my wife precondition the Volt she got 38 miles and went 1 mile on gas.
This afternoon she will get probably 40 EV miles. But we still have 13,505 EV miles solar powered so far this year. This has saved about 631 gallons of gas so far this year.

I agree 95% is very good. I would like 95-100% counting charging my Volt 2 – 3 times a day.
It is funny we add some stuff that is all elect like my Mini splits. Then we add some energy sipping items.


I am slowing dialing in our usage pattern but I really will not know until this summer. That is where the MS will be cooling and my upgraded solar will be working I should be able to carry more solar to the winter to cover the MS heating.


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Old 12-02-13, 09:50 AM   #142
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Was told Prius drivers usually get great millage with a volt. Prius drivers understand hyper-miling and have been doing it for years, before buying a Volt. We've had two Prius's for last 6 years. Hybrid's are not new for my wife.

I really think she going to love the car. Thank's for putting up with my ribbing about you owning a Volt. Kind of funny, now I can eat my words.
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I could see where Prius drivers would do very well switching over to a Volt. My wife never paid attention to MPG before but she is now doing great with the Volt. It is fun to try to use only solar power when driving.
This video shows the select knob @ 1.24 change it to the attached screen.

It really helps to keep you informed.

Look at the center of the dash it is the most informative mode. The dealer usually does not show people this mode.
The other setting we liked is you can set it to auto lock the car when you walk away from it very convent. You can set it to sond horn when it locks.
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread....just-walk-away!


I little ribbing is ok and it is great to see another solar power car. I bet she will like it as much as we do.

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I could get use to these electric bills. $8.29 just the meter charge.
We use some of our extra power with the new Mini Splits it has been a very cold Nov.
My natural gas bill does not finished until end of this week but it is trending much lower.
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9K so far today, solar production. Light rain and over cast now.

Looks like the charging is is working it's self now. Third day charging and it's was up to 41 miles of charge this morning. It's just like the Prius Plug-in. The charge miles are dependent on the driver, it's how you drive it. Miles charged can go up or down.

Getting the Volt was the cart before the horse. But it works out better on taxes.

Found tax credit on the charge station, 30% off. I'm liking the GE one, here. During the week is fine, it's the weekend when more miles are driven and level 2 charging is needed. Just like the link says, buying next year will be just fine. The form for tax on 2014 Volt is not out yet, figure that.
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9K so far today, solar production. Light rain and over cast now.


Found tax credit on the charge station, 30% off. I'm liking the GE one, here. During the week is fine, it's the weekend when more miles are driven and level 2 charging is needed. Just like the link says, buying next year will be just fine. The form for tax on 2014 Volt is not out yet, figure that.
L2 charging is a must to really enjoy the car in my opinion

Charging Stataion / LCS-25P, NEMA
http://stores.buyevse.com/-strse-26/...%2C/Detail.bok
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or this one (this one is just hard wired)
Charging Station / LCS-25 with holster
http://stores.buyevse.com/-strse-23/...-25/Detail.bok
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Charging Station / LCS-25, Level 2
http://stores.homestead.com/ClipperC...vel/Detail.bok
Price: $495.00

I would get this one hands down. 3 year warranty great price and very good reviews from Volt owners.

Today’s solar was really bad 8.12 KWH rain fog

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Saving money for my wife is putting potatoes in the cellar.

The NEMA has a good price, best I've seen. Thanks for the links. My wife says no to L2. Listen I had to force her to the Volt dealer, last Sunday when we bought it. Really I like the hard wired NEMA. No 50 amp plug to buy and rewire, got an old welding outlet close to the Volt-age, 10 gauge all the way to 200 amp panel, okay 85' away. I wired every inch of my home. Didn't know better, the smallest wire is 12 gauge.
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With 30% off for taxes the cost would be $359.80. You use less power when you charge with 240.
@ this price you only have to save 103 gallons of gas to pay for the L2 charger. If you plan on keeping the car for at least a couple years it will easily pay for its self. You will be charging with solar so even better.

To precondition the car you need 240 volts or it does not really give payback. All things to consider but there lots of people charging with 120.

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9K so far today, solar production. Light rain and over cast now.

Looks like the charging is is working it's self now. Third day charging and it's was up to 41 miles of charge this morning. It's just like the Prius Plug-in. The charge miles are dependent on the driver, it's how you drive it. Miles charged can go up or down.

Getting the Volt was the cart before the horse. But it works out better on taxes.

Found tax credit on the charge station, 30% off. I'm liking the GE one, here. During the week is fine, it's the weekend when more miles are driven and level 2 charging is needed. Just like the link says, buying next year will be just fine. The form for tax on 2014 Volt is not out yet, figure that.
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Wow December has been so cloudy we have made @132 KWH so far that is really bad. We should be @289 KWH so far I hope the sum comes back soon. Yesterday we used 68 KWH but is was laundry day.

12/11 57.4 KWH today that is better.


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