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Old 08-09-2012, 09:52 AM   #81 (permalink)
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I'm just reporting the real world numbers I'm getting.
You can read out the electrical usage data from the car, add in your gas reciepts, and convert everything to MPGe.

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Agreed. I didn't mean to try to knock down the Volt. It is a cutting edge product that any owner should be proud of. I just wanted to keep the discussion from getting too silly with stated 700 mpg's and $0.07/ kph electric prices. This forum is not a gullible main stream media. That kind of talk won't fly here.
You also need to understand some of us do not pay for electricity (I haven't in 7 years because of where I live) So cost isn't always the best way to determine electric FE.
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You can only access electrical usage on a charge by charge basis. The OnStar MyVolt page is suppose to have that info on it but it has not been recording all the data downloads from the car due to internal OnStar problems. The closest we have is VoltStats.net for accuracy. It has stored more data than OnStar has but even then some Volt owners have noticed discrepancies from what is reported there to what they have been recording themselves from the car. VoltStats does afterall get it's data from the OnStar network so there must be a reporting glitch in there somewhere. Most who have commented on these errors have said it is reporting lower mileage numbers by 5-10mpg than what they are recording themselves.

Though if you think my numbers are exaggerated I'd say go look at the numbers at Volt Stats! Tracking real world usage of Chevy Volts in the wild.... I am way down on the list of who is getting the best mileage.
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Though if you think my numbers are exaggerated
I don't think telling people you are getting 700 mpg is exaggerated. Just feel good misleading. A Nissan Leaf gets infinite mpg.
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You also need to understand some of us do not pay for electricity (I haven't in 7 years because of where I live) So cost isn't always the best way to determine electric FE.
Very true. There is one forum member on gm-volt.com that is a solar fanatic, solardave. He has a large solar array at his home. He was doing this before he bought his Volt . His household electricity usage is less than what he produces and sells his excess power back to the utility. He regularly says he drives for free because he still has excess power even after attaching his Volt to his home grid and he rarely drives far enough to use the gas generator!

Now of course the array had to cost him something but he says over the life of the array it will make him more money that it cost him by far.

I get most of my power at home but I do get the opportunity to charge at work occasionally. I would guess about 1/4 of my charges have been at work and that electricity is free to me. Also through being more efficient with your energy consumption at home you can offset the added burden of charging the Volt which I have tried to do.
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I don't think telling people you are getting 700 mpg is exaggerated. Just feel good misleading. A Nissan Leaf gets infinite mpg.
I bought the Volt to reduce/eliminate my gasoline consumption. I was and still am sick of OPEC's gouging. In that regard I do feel good in giving OPEC as little money as I can, but I am misleading nobody. Energy costs money regardless of where you get it, from the pump or the plug. I would rather my money not go to OPEC is all.
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I would rather my money not go to OPEC is all.
I am with you there.

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