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Old 11-15-16, 11:01 AM   #51
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We are using about 580 kWhs/Month charging our Chevy Volt. We now have 61,432 EV miles.
It is very satisfying driving on solar power. A lot of my miles were when gas was adv $3.50 a gallon.
If I my EV had more range I would use even more KW a month. I am good with where we are at this point.
I really love Bolt coming out and I can’t wait for an EV truck. EV and solar power is such a great combination.

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Old 12-14-16, 09:39 AM   #52
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Chevy Bolts will be delivered by month’s end.
Chevy Bolts Are On Their Way To Dealers

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Old 12-14-16, 10:33 AM   #53
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The Bolt should get about 3.5 miles per kWhr so 10 kWhrs per day should get you about 13,000 miles per year with zero dino juice.

I am going to add to my solar array (currently at 12.7 kW) with another couple strings to allow that. My electric coop limits me to a 25 kW peak system so I can't go too crazy.

The last panels, inverters, trunk cable, wiring and mounting hardware came out to ~ $1.1 per watt and I anticipate the Enphase M215's being phased out this next summer.

Panels are about $0.60 - $0.80 a watt, but buys can be found at less that that, but you have to perhaps buy 100.

Reducing the inverter to $50 (from the $90 price now) may tempt me earlier. I still have lots of roof space (more than half is open) so I can easily double my array - but economic laws tell me to not do too much.

Cloudy, cold and windy day here with the array barely spitting out electrons . . .

Here is a sweet deal from Renvu for a 335 W panel (72) cells for $0.49 a watt!!

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Old 12-14-16, 12:35 PM   #54
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All our projects being able to drive about 16.5K EV miles a year with solar power is just amazing.
Even with $2 gas it is a big savings and I really feel like we are doing our part for the environment.
I love it when being green and saving green come together.
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Old 12-14-16, 12:35 PM   #55
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The Leaf we had would show 4.1 miles per kwhr .

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Old 01-04-17, 05:16 PM   #56
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That was on the guess o meter .

The Bolt is said to get in excess of 200miles per charge . If we guess 4.0 miles per kWh that would be some where around 50 kWh battery ? Maybe 60 kWh ?

If 60 kWh , and a 6.6 kw charger , that would be ~ 9-1/4 hours , Level 2 charge time . For 100% charge , from " empty " . A doable time for most people for over night charging .

200 mile range gives you 100 miles each way , commute ( more if you can charge some at work . This is a feasible commute , for most people .

I am paying $ 0.10 - $ 0.12 per kWh for electricity . That would be $ 6.00 - $ 7.20
per day , if my math is correct ?

If buying gasoline at $ 2.00 per gallon and 35 mpg highway , that comes out to be ~ $ 11.50 per day for 200 mile commute .

If you commute 5 days per week for 50 weeks a year = 250 days per year = $2,875 for gasoline per year . Or $ 1500 to $ 1800 per year for electricity .

All this is using the info I have read for the Bolt .

Now , if you were talking about a Volt , these numbers change some . Charging at work would have a more significant impact on the numbers ( I think the current Volt may have a 30 kWh battery ? ) . I think the top model of 2017 Nissan Leaf does have a 30 kWh battery ?

Has anyone taken delivery of a Bolt , yet ?

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Bolt is 60kWh. Newest LEAF is 30kWh.

Charging at work for free = 1/2 price electricity for my commute. Which means 0.04 cents per kWh here. I will put about 27k miles on my Volt per year, which I estimate saves me about $250 per month. Plus, I get to drive a very nice car.

I really want to see the Bolt do well. In a few years it may be the replacement for my wife's 2012 LEAF.
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Old 03-09-17, 05:12 AM   #58
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When the 1st Volt came out some years ago it had something like a 30 mile range which displeased me. The new model with its 300 mile range has just won me over.
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Here is some more info on the Bolt.

The Best Chevy Bolt Review You'll Read This Week... - GM Inside News
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Bolt EV Owners Drive 4.5 Million Miles
Bolt EV Owners Drive 4.5 Million Miles

Someone squeezed out 310 miles on a charge not the norm but still cool.
They won't be at the dealers here until later this year.

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