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Old 03-27-2012, 01:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Carlos: exactly... but there's so much more wrong with it too!

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Yeah, but I was going after the low-hanging fruit. Now here is an excellent Canadian $ kWh :

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The range is about 7˘/kWh to 15˘/kWh. Canadian is practically 1/1 to the US dollar right now, so you don't have to convert it.

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snopes.com: Cost to Operate the Chevy Volt

Snopes to the rescue again! Try it, you'll like it (unless you have beliefs/opinions that are in direct conflict with facts/reality).

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I received this cost of ownership account and at first I thought this must be false then I did some internet searches to get to the bottom of it and low and behold it turned out to be true.
Alright "ecomodded", what sort of vetting did you really do? I googled "eric bolling volt report" and practically the whole first page of hits called the report (and ridiculous email) out for the crap they are.
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The Volt is rated 37mpg highway (gasoline) and 36mpg equivalent (electric). To get only 30mpg it must have been driven hard, as has been said. But then to use a slow speed like 60mph for your estimate of driving times seems like a lazy way to make calculating hours of travel time easier, without realizing that if the car had actually been driven at 60mph on the highway it would likely have pulled about 40mpg. Nothing about the story is accurate, except that the car is made by Chevy, is called a Volt, and costs the too high $40K.
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My boss has a $40,000 Saab and I asked the same question when he bought it, what kind of person buys a $40,000 car that only gets 30mpg??? but wait! he can't plug his car in... but he did buy it because it would save gas by being able to save the $40,000 pickup truck as a work only vehicle.
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The gasoline powered car cost about $15,000 while the Volt costs $46,000.........

So Chevy wants us to pay 3 times as much, for a car that costs more that 7 times as much to run, and takes 3 times longer to drive across country.....
Well, Chevy also wants you to buy a car that (depending on model) costs anywhere from $49-$111K, gets a max EPA rating of 16/19/26 mpg (and that's for the low-end model), and only carries two people, yet for some strange reason this doesn't seem to upset anybody at all: 2012 Chevy Corvette | Sports Cars | Chevrolet

Of course, if you're really concerned about total cost of ownership, you go on Craigslist and find a good 20 year old Honda.
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A good friend of mine bought the first Volt in the state of Wisconsin.

We typically talk fuel mileage, and here is what he had to say:

In the winter, he typically gets high 30's.

Spring, summer, fall, he gets mid 40's.

He tends to drive the car much faster than I do with my Insight, and his mileage shows it.

If I had to guess, I would say it would relatively easy to get 50 mpg with the way I drive.

By the way I did drive the car about 20 miles, and it's eerie how smooth and quiet the car is!! The coolest thing is: you plug it in!

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Thanks for the info. How long is your friend's commute?

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Thanks for the info. How long is your friend's commute?

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Hi Carlo,

His typical commute is less than 20 miles each way, as he has not added any gas to the Volt since November of last year!

His only cost during this time is electrical energy!

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A friend of mine bought a Volt as well and he figures that he'll have to add gas twice a year, to keep it fresh, because the gas engine does start up every few months just to make sure the bearings are lubed, but the Volt also has a fuel system that is designed to prolong the fuel life so it doesn't go stale as fast.

I got to ride as a passenger and it's a nice car, about what I'd expect for a car that costs that much.

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