Originally Posted by Hot_Georgia_2004
Thank you for the information Bob.
My power rates average to be about 0.06/kwh over the summer and winter rates. Assuming the Volt's metering system is accurate with 29kwh/100 miles it would cost me around $6 for the trip (If the Volt went 100 miles per charge).
I commute 100 miles every working day so the 100 miles is relevant to me. The trip in gasoline alone is costing me about $6.50/day so I'd see a little savings. I am aware the Volt won't take me the 100 miles in EV.
I understand through this thread and the owners of the Volt that the attraction is a nice luxury vehicle and not fuel savings. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just a specific market as there are many different marketing targets.
Undersand it's not generally known that the Volt is marketed to the luxury market hence the Chevrolet brand. Most people assume the Volt is made for fuel savings. I was one of the typical masses who hears rumors which prompted my questions here. I think it would be good if more people were asking honest questions about it to the people who actually own one rather than believing (and possibly spreding misconceptions) things heard by here-say. That is why I mentioned the Civic, a well known efficient vehicle.
My questions aren't to ridicule but to gain knowledge.
The next time I hear a conversation complaining "I could get two Corolla's for the price of a Volt" I'll know how to respond. Thanks for the informaion.
Me? I am not in the luxury car market so it doesn't appeal to me. That should be ok, too. They don't make 30 year old rickety Civics anymore.
I've done many 130mile trips.. and generally get 75-83 with only the charge at home.
Here is a thread on this at http://priuschat.com/forums/chevrole...mile-trip.html
If you could charge at work, you could easily hit 150-200MPG overall.
The math in your post is off, you are paying .06/kWh then at 30 kWh/100miles would be 1.80 for 100 miles.
(I'm averaging closer to 26 fo the past month). If you do 35 miles on a charge at .06 then a full charge will cost you about $.72. If you do 100 miles as 40miles (I get more) + 60 miles of gas at 40MPG on the highway (EPA, but I get more), you would use a full charge and 1.5 gallons of gas. If you could charge at work and get 40 miles per charge + 10 miles of ICE, assuming 36mpg (lower since it a shorter run) about .27 gallons each way or just over .55 or 180MPG. If you only get 35 miles per charge you would still get 120MPG.
I'm loving my Volt! For me a 50mpg hybrid would use > 10 gallons more per month. From 10/29/11 to 4/29/12, I have gone 4119 mi on 8.3 Gallons of Premium + 1163kWh of wind power. With total fuel costs of $99.03 that translates to 491 MPG, 96.62 MPGe, 41.54 MPF$ or $.0240/mi