We have been discussing the cost of operating the Volt. In particular I have focused on what the electric cost will be to drive the first 40 miles without gas (or E85). We knew the battery holds 16 KWH of energy, but it hasn’t been clear how much of the battery would be discharged by the end of the first 40 miles of driving. We didn’t know at what battery power level the on-board combustion generator would kick in. Commenter’s here and myself have given our best guesses…
Well it’s official folks, I have heard back directly from GM sources, and the answer is 50%!
This is big financial news and very cool. It means that the Volt will only requre 8 KWH of power to drive the first 40 miles.
This translates to a cost then of 8 X 10.65 cents (U.S. avg) or $0.85 to drive those 40 miles!
It also means, if you wanted to, you would only have to generate 8 KWH of solar power to charge the car. That’s five 200 W panels getting 8 hours of sun.
GM spokesperson Rob Peterson also points out that the average commuter who drives 40 miles per day uses 500 gallons of gasoline per year. Multiplied by every user of the Volt, if the car becomes widely adopted, U.S. gasoline consumption could be decreased substantially.
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