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Old 10-05-2016, 01:36 PM   #11 (permalink)
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There are plenty of options for remote switches. Here is one that just uses a wireless controller (no phone).

https://www.amazon.com/Etekcity-Wire...+outlet+switch

Those other ones are very cool too.

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Old 10-05-2016, 02:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You better pump up that front left tire.
Isn't there a way to schedule the charging time so it'll wait till your lower rates kick in? Or am I thinking of another EV?

Prius' replacement will probably be a Volt. I'm just worried how my wife will react when we finally get one and she learns she was missing out on preheating/cooling.

Edit: Any chance we could get some instant MPG values at different speeds (just gas, of course)? I haven't seen a chart showing this for the Volt.
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Prius' replacement will probably be a Volt. I'm just worried how my wife will react when we finally get one and she learns she was missing out on preheating/cooling.
I know, right?

Yeah that tire pressure monitoring system with the live feed is pretty cool. The tires change pressure throughout the drive, it's hard not to watch it. There is so much instrumentation on this thing I'll be learning stuff next year!

Thanks for all the links to the timers, people. I'll definitely be using some kind of timer in the near future.
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Cowmeat. The volt has a charge scheduler built into the car. You can tell the car when to start charging. It was built into the car for the exact reason of charging at cheaper rates. I'm not sure how exactly to do it, but Google is your friend.
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The volt has a charge scheduler built into the car. You can tell the car when to start charging. It was built into the car for the exact reason of charging at cheaper rates.
Yup, thanks Balto. Found it last night: On the charging screen, there was a tab called "charging options" which lets you set a charge schedule! You can set it by time of departure, cheapest rates, etc . . . pretty cool the way they have it thought out

Made it home last night in EV mode with 6 miles (of the 30 miles of charge I started with) to spare. Meaning I used 24 miles of charge but actually drove 38 miles. Today I'll reset the trip odometer and see exactly how many miles my current route is, but I used to take this route in Black Widow back in my P&G days, so I think it's the shortest route with the least elevation changes and the least stops.
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Fully charged the Volt last night, which gave me 35 miles of EV range. I took the shortest possible route to my work (exactly 19 miles), and it says I still have 23 miles of range left!

The car definitely beats the EPA numbers pretty easily!

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Any chance you can let me know what the deal was?

And good luck with your volt, it beats the insight in cost if you have less than 50 miles per charge to drive.

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You better pump up that front left tire.

Edit: Any chance we could get some instant MPG values at different speeds (just gas, of course)? I haven't seen a chart showing this for the Volt.

I lost my scanguage but I can say when I looked the volt would be getting like 30mpg engine on at 45mph but then after a period of time shut off for like 5 minutes and mileage would go to mid fifties then repeat.

Number 1 thing I have wanted to do on the gas side was tune it for gas mileage.
Chevy tuned for emissions only so startup is terribly inefficient the colder you get.

Cow meat I could train you, I am #2 on fuel economy and electric range, trouble is the volt runs best around 85 degrees so you can guess the pain in winter.

First mod is get an ambient temp resistor from somms.

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I ended up getting it for 12 grand. They originally had it for like 17K but it sat on the lot for 5 weeks so they dropped the price a bunch to move some inventory. There are probably cheaper Volts out there, but not in this shape or with the options this one has.

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Cow meat I could train you, I am #2 on fuel economy and electric range, trouble is the volt runs best around 85 degrees so you can guess the pain in winter.
Well, there's one issue I won't be dealing with! Winter here in central Florida lasts about a week

What is an ambient temp resistor?
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You made me look up prices of second hand Volts!

I can charge at home but it is free to do so at work (!) and the range would about suit me: 72 km round trip, should be all-electric if I drive it like I drive my Insight.

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I ended up getting it for 12 grand.
Well, there's one issue I won't be dealing with! Winter here in central Florida lasts about a week

What is an ambient temp resistor?
12k is pretty typical for a low mile car with premium trim.

Check out GM-volt you just need to look up somms
The sensor tells the car the outside temp which is displayed on the center console.

Below 25 degrees and the motor idles to make heat every few minutes.

Also if you drive lots of 1000 + mile trips like me you will wish you had a 13 volt but in another way your car still has the full underbody aero panels
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