Thread: Volt fuel/electric expenses
March 28th, 2012, 01:31 PM #1
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Volt fuel/electric expenses
I just talked via pm with a friend in CA who purchased a Chevy Volt. She said her expenses for a month totaled around 82 dollars(42 electricity/40 gas) and she put on 1500 miles.
So, equivalent of somewhere around 75 mpg.
She said there is no transmission, so no tranny maintenance and her oil change intervals stretch way out because so far (5200 miles total) she only put on 2000 with the gas generator. She also mentioned that her elec bill will go down when she gets the 240V hookup which will fully recharge during non peak hours in about 4 hours.
She is the first person I know that has purchased one. She said she shelled out around 40K for it.
I realize that the Volt is rather sensitive subject here in the DeBait forum, but I thought I'd throw out some real numbers for anyone interested. I really have no opinion one way or another..can't afford one anyway.
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March 28th, 2012, 03:31 PM #2
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Good to know. Thanks for sharing.Good job, friend-of-friends!
March 28th, 2012, 03:55 PM #3
Can't complain about 75mpg.
Speaking of fuel efficiency, I was impressed by the new "Prius c"'s fuel economy rating of 50MPG.
With smaller cars, better, lighter materials and further innovation it is exciting to know that we can push the envelope and genuinely conserve, rather than destroy the environment looking for oil to put in our Escalades and Expeditions.
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March 28th, 2012, 04:47 PM #4
I also am interested in seeing real life data regarding the use of electric/fuel generator hybrids.
I work at a cab company, and would really like to see one of the companies pushing these cars offer a few up for demonstration/testing. An average cab at our company gets only about 16-20 miles per galleon (city conditions, mostly). They also average 2,000 miles plus per week.
I can't think of a better torture test for a cars real world performance than a cab company. Stop and start city runs with forty or fifty mile runs scatered throughout the day. Then there is the difference between some of the cabs running nearly 24/7 and others that only work half days, four or five days a week. Given a chance to put four (or more) identical hybrids on the road, with one doing the 24/7, one doing the half days all week, and the other two assigned to "long haul" duty (doing mostly out of town runs around 20 miles plus). This would let us (the public) see these vehicles on a regular basis, as well as giving us the base line on the real world performance.
It might also let the world see if the cost of the vehicle is truely offset by the performance. Or not. You see, one of the biggest issues with a cab company is the maintaince of the fleet. And these hybrids all look like they would have very high maintence costs. (ever compared the costs of struts to shocks?).
Just my thoughts. But I am really interested in seeing more info about these hybrids.
March 28th, 2012, 04:54 PM #5
Very good point and ideas, CE. I hope someone will do this. (Also, can't count the number of times I've sat alone in a cab that could easily handle 4-5 people.)Never send to know for whom the bell tolls . . .
March 28th, 2012, 06:42 PM #6
March 28th, 2012, 10:25 PM #7
I'm sure there is a bureaucrat out there somewhere with a bag full of tax payer money just waiting for you to ask for some!"The world burns while Obama Tweets."
March 29th, 2012, 02:13 PM #8Conservatives: "If the facts disagree with our opinion, ignore the facts -- or at least misrepresent them."
March 29th, 2012, 02:52 PM #9
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March 29th, 2012, 03:37 PM #11
better than my suzuki esteem
I get 32 highway and I am not sure what city is .
average 29 I think
But I only have 3000 bucks invested in the esteem so I don't think I will be seeking a new more efficient car any time soon. Take me a while to make up 20,000 dollars in fuel.
March 29th, 2012, 04:15 PM #12
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March 29th, 2012, 04:30 PM #13
500 bucks is near about the price of steel.
you are mean.
March 29th, 2012, 06:53 PM #14
March 30th, 2012, 08:44 AM #15
i can thank higher efficiency standards for what.
My 1976 dodge colt manual
(1.6 liter, Federal) city 29 / highway45
March 31st, 2012, 03:19 PM #16
As for the Colt, the Japanese have always been ahead of us with regards to efficiency regulations (though in '76 it probably was still a gross polluter, in contrast to your suzuki).
You don't really have one, do you?
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