Feb 18

GM-Volt: Charging Forward

 

As the premiere destination for Volt owners and enthusiasts, VerticalScope is proud to add GM-Volt.com to its forum network.

Since the transition, the site’s blog has been notably inactive. That will change. With this first post I’d like to introduce myself, Colum Wood, Editor of AutoGuide.com.

Having spoken with Lyle, I feel we have an understanding of the community at large and what your expectations are. Like you, I am also impressed with the doctor’s dedication to this site and the Volt itself, being a driving force behind this revolutionary car.

More than just maintain, we are looking to grow the site and would even welcome blog contributors from the active GM-Volt community. Regular news updates will continue to be a part of GM-Volt, especially as more and more Volts hit the road and the electrification of the automobile becomes increasingly mainstream.

AutoGuide’s staff of writers will take over from Lyle to deliver news updates on a regular basis and give you, the GM-Volt.com community, the news you’ve come to expect.

I encourage anyone with questions or concerns to contact the admin (Helena) or reach our to myself.

Colum Wood

Editor-in-Chief

AutoGuide.com

cwood@autoguide.com

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    Feb 18th, 2011 (2:04 pm)

    Hi Colum,

    Thanks for introducing yourself.

    As an additional idea for this site, it would be great to have an area that would let owners report their EV miles, MPG statistics, etc. A page could then roll all that information up for everyone to see…

    It won’t be long before the Volt fleet logs over a million all electric miles, and I’d love to show every visitor to this site how much a Volt can reduce one’s dependence on gasoline/foreign oil!

    join thE REVolution


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (2:05 pm)

    Hooray! A new post!! Hope, at last!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The picture at top is of the original, rather fragile-looking plug: I saw an engineering version of the plug intended for actual use when I went to a press event in NYC last year:

    5keyxd.jpg

    The cylindrical outer shell fits into a matching sleeve within the socket; making for a much more secure connection for the pins inside.

    Perhaps an actual Volt owner can comment on any differences in the production model (or post pics of it).

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    Feb 18th, 2011 (2:12 pm)

    Welcome new owners of the site that sold many of us our Volts.

    Take Care, TED


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (2:14 pm)

    Colum Wood,
    Welcome to our site. We have a lot of good people here and we like to debate a lot.
    I’m happy to see the site alive and well again. I was getting a bit concerned.
    Good luck in your new position. Don’t worry, if you mess up, there are people
    here to let you know rather quickly. :)

    Once again, welcome.

    –Rashiid


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (2:15 pm)

    Ted in Fort Myers,

    Your getting close, Ted. Do you know how many days away?


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (2:41 pm)

    We are getting rain today in Southern California. I used my wife’s car to run some art supplies to my son’s school. And to stop by the cleaners. Thought I would do her a favor and refill the gas I had used. It would be my first gas stop in 33 days. The local Arco has gas at $3.59 for middle grade. I pumped $10 worth and barely nudged the gauge up 1/4.

    Car owners longer need to burn gasoline to get around town. My Volt is at 1281 miles lifetime with 2.2 gallons of gasoline burned. Sure, my electric bill has gone higher. But it’s great driving around on electric power. Last week I drove by a pack of 25 bicyclists. I also drove past a mother pushing her baby carriage. It goes without saying that the cyclists, the mother, and the baby didn’t miss the noise and the smoke from a passing vehicle.

    Wednesday a coworker questioned me on costs associated with the Volt. He is age 22 and looking at transportation options. He wanted all the numbers. How much gasoline, how many miles total, how frequent are oil changes, cost per charge….so on. I could see the numbers grinding in his head. He asked, “So it’s cheaper to use electricity?”. I replied, “It’s not about money. It’s about not using gasoline. The main reason I drive a Volt is so less guys your age need to go to war over oil”. He returned a nod of serious understanding and gratitude.

    Go electric, it’s the right thing to do.

    NPNS


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:07 pm)

    First off, Welcome! I started my Volt blog at http://thechevyvoltblog.blogspot.com/ only because of the absence of over 3 years of continuous daily articles posted first thing in the morning. It’s what made this site great and kept its fan base up. I will continue to blog until I see the same daily effort Dr. Dennis put into this site enacted by Vertical Scope. This isn’t a threat, I don’t even want to blog. I just want a daily spot to come and quickly learn the latest Volt news. I think that’s what we all want.

    Viva la GM-Volt!


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:21 pm)

    You’ve got big shoes to fill. Every good wish for your success in doing so.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:23 pm)

    Colum,

    Thank you for posting the introductory topic. Finding the #1 Volt story of the day or getting the scoop from GM on a new announcement and then writing a summary that excites the readers into responding with comments is what has made GM-Volt such a special site.

    Enjoy the challenge of the daily topic and hopefully Statik will be contributing as well.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:23 pm)

    John@TheChevyVoltBlog: This isn’t a threat, I don’t even want to blog. I just want a daily spot to come and quickly learn the latest Volt news. I think that’s what we all want.

    #7

    Good man! Many thanks for your efforts. +1


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:27 pm)

    Dave K.,

    Quotes still not working –

    #6 Dave K.

    +++1 !

    That is one frigging profound post if I’ve ever seen one!

    This is what I mean when I say we are ambassadors of electrification and education. There is so much for us to do. Driving a Volt every day has to be one of the most important.

    PUMP OUT THE VOLT KNOWLEDGE! ,

    James


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:27 pm)

    As an additional idea for this site, it would be great to have an area that would let owners report their EV miles, MPG statistics, etc. A page could then roll all that information up for everyone to see…
    It won’t be long before the Volt fleet logs over a million all electric miles, and I’d love to show every visitor to this site how much a Volt can reduce one’s dependence on gasoline/foreign oil!

    Here was my push…

    Thread: Tracking Volt mileage using CleanMPG website
    http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?5923-Tracking-Volt-mileage-using-CleanMPG-website

    Thread: PR and fun – volt owners should have a common driving/mileage log
    http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?5841-PR-and-fun-volt-owners-should-have-a-common-driving-mileage-log
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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:44 pm)

    I’m looking forward to reading the new content. If it’s even half as good as Lyle’s was, this will still be my favorite site on the web.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:52 pm)

    huh? what happened to Lyle?


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (3:59 pm)

    Welcome Colum and thanks for continuing this site. This is my favorite place to go on the web and I know a lot of others feel the same. If you look back through the archives, you’ll find that even on national holidays, there are still a number of postings here. Just goes to show the dedication, community, and family that has been created here. Here’s to hoping for continuity in good Volt news, increasing EV proliferation, and ever broadening of friendships here!


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:04 pm)

    FINALLY I got to ride in a Volt. It was at the Chicago Auto Show the other night. Lots of people also going for the free ride in the many Volts they had. Car looked good, but I had no idea how cramped it is inside, at least for 6′ 1″ me. That backseat is unusable for someone my size if the front seats are all the way back. And the headroom back there is silly tight. Oh well, it’s fine for short people like kids. Besides, most of the time cars only have one occupant, anyway. The driver’s side footwell was a bit pinched, too. These observations take into account sitting in a lot of other comparably-sized cars at the show, almost all of which had more room inside. I suppose the T-shaped battery just kills the room.

    Hope GM gets bigger Voltec vehicles out there soon!


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:14 pm)

    Can we PLEASE turn off the green text??

    I find it really hard to read………..

    And I am really glad to see a new post!

    NPNS

    Have Outlet – Ready For EREV In Ohio!!!

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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:15 pm)

    Welcome new owners!

    Hope this site will continue like it has in the past, so we can all benefit from it.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:18 pm)

    T 1 said:

    huh? what happened to Lyle?

    Carlos Ghosn ran him down in a LEAF (film at 11:00). ;-) But seriously:

    Read the previous thread — after 4 years (and with actual Volts on sale), he sold the site to AutoGuide.com.

    I, for one, welcome our new AutoGuide overlords … (looks around furtively) ;-)

    Lyle has a family of 5, and has just taken a position as head of neurology at a hospital.

    Good for him, I say; though we will all miss his leadership.

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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:21 pm)

    COLUM AND/OR HELENA: WELCOME ABOARD! AND PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR “SHOUTING” THIS —THE GREEN TEXT IS MUCH HARDER TO READ & AND SHOULD REVERT TO *BLACK*

    PS: Several others have noted this in prior posts but as yet it has gone unheeded —please fix ASAP!


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:30 pm)

    COLUM AND/OR HELENA: WELCOME ABOARD! AND PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR “SHOUTING” THIS —THE GREEN TEXT IS MUCH HARDER TO READ & AND SHOULD REVERT TO *BLACK*

    –repeating this here, since nasaman’s original comment will become invisible when it inevitably goes “green”

    +1 for Phil, BTW

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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:36 pm)

    Dave K.,

    But it is cheaper to use electricity, right ?

    1281 miles for a 34 mpg car would be 37.68 gallons (although the Volt takes premium, compare to a car that takes regular. Say $3/gallon for the last month or so, but it was probably higher, depending on State)
    $113.04 cost for a nice 34 mpg car.

    Now, assume you got on average 35 miles per overnight charge (some days maybe more than 40, some days much less – it’s winter, assume less AER than in summer).
    2.2 gallons gasoline used – say $3.30 for premium – $7.26, and 74.8 miles of that 1281 miles.
    1206.2 miles AER – 34.46 full overnight charges, 10.4 kWh in the battery, say 12 kWh drawn at the plug (charging losses).
    413.52 kWh electricity to charge 34.46 times
    Even at 12 cents/kWh (which is high for nighttime charging), that costs $49.62
    Plus the gasoline at $7.26 –> $56.88

    $56.88 for a generous estimate of your Volt costs of driving 1281
    $113.04 for a comparable gas powered car that got 34 mpg – using cheaper, regular gasoline
    Even for a car that got 50 mpg, that would have cost $76.86

    Sounds like the Volt is a lot cheaper, even if you don’t have cheap 5 cents/kWh late night electricity, like some people do. And gasoline is going to get a lot more expensive this summer.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:43 pm)

    Jackson:

    COLUM AND/OR HELENA: WELCOME ABOARD! AND PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR “SHOUTING” THIS —THE GREEN TEXT IS MUCH HARDER TO READ & AND SHOULD REVERT TO *BLACK*— ASAP!!!

    Thanks, Jackson —there’s never too much of a good thing. BTW I’ve also emailed Colum about this.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:48 pm)

    Colum’s Facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/columwood

    I’m looking forward to your posts. Not sure how to pronounce your name.

    Not sure what green text ppl are complaining about. Everything is black on my screen other than the link for “reply” or “quote”


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (4:51 pm)

    Truman,

    Very true, operating costs are much cheaper using electricity vs gasoline, however I think the 22yr old was crunching #’s to see payback on a $41K car compared to something cheaper. If he plans to keep it a few years, he should get his payback in 5~10 years, but it really depends on what he compares it to, how much is gas/electricity rates are, and what his daily commute is.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (5:09 pm)

    Thanks, Jackson —there’s never too much of a good thing. BTW I’ve also emailed Colum about this.

    You’re very welcome. For the sake of tracking this down, I have also observed that “mousing over” the green text causes it to underline as though it were a URL. Also, the text does not turn green until after the edit timer has expired, and the page is refreshed.

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    Feb 18th, 2011 (5:10 pm)

    kdawg: Not sure what green text ppl are complaining about. Everything is black on my screen other than the link for “reply” or “quote”

    Read Statik’s comment at #12. It’s green.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (5:25 pm)

    I am relieved. I had a nice discussion with Colum and the good folks at Vertical Scope today. They understand our vision for this site and will carry on well.

    The future of GM-Volt is great. And now I can enjoy the discussion more than just starting it.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (5:35 pm)

    Lyle: “…The future of GM-Volt is great. And now I can enjoy the discussion more than just starting it.”

    I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I say I’m SO glad to hear you’ll feel free to post!


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (5:48 pm)

    !335 miles and 9 gallons of gasoline. My main problem was that, I guess, I had not placed the charger plug into the Volt properly and it did not charge overnight. We had to drive to San Francisco and back (110 miles or so) on just gasoline so that greatly increased the amount of gas used. Most of the time we go weeks without using the ICE.
    I told the Volt people about the problem with the charger (they call every 7 to 10 days). I had also changed the time of charge so that it came on around midnight; it takes only 3 1/2 hours to fully charge. Later I changed back to the default time of 6:00 AM completion. The Volt then calculates when to start charging so that it is ready to go at the designated time. I’m not sure what the problem was. The ChargePoint people called the other day and said that they noticed problems with our charger and will send someone out to study it. It all seems to work well as far as we can tell except for that one time.
    I’m glad that this site lives on.


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    Feb 18th, 2011 (6:10 pm)

    Here’s how to turn off the green text in a comment:

    Insert the “a” tag (“open” and “close” together) ahead of your comment, bracketing nothing (format as you would html commands; sorry, don’t remember the html to display tags without executing them).

    The “a” tag, on this site, turns the green text on and off. I don’t think this is a universal html tag. I tried using the a-close tag at the beginning, but that didn’t work; I expect that the a-open tag is in the script the blog uses to display comments, and was not accessible to the browser. By putting the a-open and a-close tags together at the beginning, the browser is able to recognize a valid argument for turning off the green text.

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    Feb 18th, 2011 (11:26 pm)

    Jackson,

    Just testing out the advice.
    I’m reasonably sure that I didn’t fall in love with this site within a day or two of first coming here, so at this point “all the votes aren’t in”. I only see two options: Bail now, or “stay tuned” for awhile. The new management has a heck of a pair of shoes to try to fill (even with 4 feet – H’s and C’s). I’ll stipulate half my votes if they can just have a new post daily and if they can maintain some sense of order/civility. The other 25% will hinge on daily articles that actually generate a discussion. The last 25% will always remain with the dude that started/maintained this site (Hint: his name rhymes with “Lyle”).

    Be well,
    Tagamet


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    Feb 19th, 2011 (12:24 am)

    Well, I can only hope that when one of the new guys go to Mr. Bly or Mr. Posawatz and introduce yourselves as a gm-volt guy, that it doesn’t take too long for some one to stop saying, “Where’s Lyle?” and dispose of the introductions. I would guess that Micky and Tony would be more than happy to let you in. So, keep the faith, and…

    with all sincerity,

    Good Luck and I hope you can gain the trust of the Volt team as well as that from your contributor base.


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    Feb 19th, 2011 (1:14 pm)

    Truman,

    l have just one little question…..does the battery costs not come into play in these calculations ?


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    Feb 19th, 2011 (2:07 pm)

    Lyle,

    Lyle,
    What does it feel like to read the comments and not write the lead?


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    Feb 21st, 2011 (4:30 am)

    Lyle,

    Lyle,

    I have to say, I am sad to hear that you have handed off your website to someone else. I have always found this blog to be extremely packed with information, excitement, and friendliness. I think it works well because of your consistent style of daily, lengthy, informative, and relevant blog posts. Thus, GM-Volt has been a daily addiction for me to read for the past few years. (I don’t post often, it’s just not my style. I only post when I feel that there is something important on the blog, or I have something important to say.)

    Ever since the Chevrolet Volt launched, I began to worry what would happen to GM-Volt. Surely there won’t be enough Volt-relevant news to carry on each day? But this website kept pressing on….

    Then things turned…the daily CAB Volt statistics stopped being updated. That was the first sign. Then, beginning in January, the website was redesigned. Since my phone is my primary way of reading this site, the website became IMPOSSIBLE to navigate after the GM-Volt 3.0 design launched. Every few days, I would check in on a real computer. I found it difficult to read stories since the blog post navigation window allowed only five stories. I found it relieving when the archive dropdown window was added. Lyle, you posted in the beginning of the year that daily posts were not going to continue much longer. To my reluctance, I accepted that. Little did I know that the updates would slow to a crawl. In fact, the updates was so slow and non-intriguing that I began to write this website off as dead.

    And then, the big news. I came back today to catch up on the posts I have missed. I was surprised, even now, that I have missed only a few posts. Basically, all of February’s. When I finally got to the previous post…I was saddened. Lyle, selling his wonderful website? Oh no, this must be a dream! But it isn’t.

    I write this as firstly a token of respect for Lyle’s work for the last few years, and secondly of my disappointment in management changeover.

    Despite Lyle’s reassurances, I am not sure that the new corporate management of GM-Volt can carry on the passion, discussions, and overall community of GM-Volt. No automotive website on the web comes close to GM-Volt’s tight-nit community of very educated, informed, diverse people discussing a car. (And I bet that no one can find a website that is more so. Don’t even try, I surf many, many websites.) I checked out the other websites that the new management owns, and was not very reassured. The quality in their websites just don’t reach that of the GM-Volt legacy. Then, the first article to come out from the new management came out. Put it nicely, I was shocked at the low quality of the article. The article seemed to be produced hastily, and in a corporate manner. The post was rather staid, lacking commentary nor analysis that we have came to expect from the great Lyle Dennis. The new management has much to learn.

    Lyle, I do hope you continue to do many blog posts and other contributions to GM-Volt in the future. You have become one member of the heart of the Volt.

    Thanks for godfathering the Volt.

    Llama off,
    Danny Thai

    PS. This comment seems more appropriately posted in yesterday’s announcement by Lyle. I am going to repost it there, but I feel like Lyle and management will read my comment if posted here. After all, it’s not everyday that much time has passed, and barely and comments are posted after Lyle’s! It seems like many commentators in our great community have left.


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    Feb 21st, 2011 (4:42 am)

    By the way, does anyone know why there is green text?

    At first, I thought that it was probably another feature added while I was away (similar to the highlighted posts for 10+ thumbs up).

    Then I took a look at the articles. The comments seem to have a java script link to the reply box. The void:null tag hinted to me that it wasn’t intentional. Then, I noticed that some comments don’t have the green text, and seems fine.

    I would very much like to have this fixed. It’s a bit annoying to deal with. (both the color and the java script link)


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    Feb 21st, 2011 (12:00 pm)

    green text?
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    is this green?
    http://www.facebook.com
    Still green?
    http://www.facebook.com

    At least in the editor, this is black.

    Looks like the green is a glitch.

    I also hope that this site does not change. There are not many places were
    people from different world-views meetup, and have “mostly” good natured discussions. I hope this doesn’t change with new mgmt.


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    Feb 21st, 2011 (12:10 pm)

    Jackson: Insert the “a” tag (“open” and “close” together) ahead of your comment, bracketing nothing (format as you would html commands; sorry, don’t remember the html to display tags without executing them).
    The “a” tag, on this site, turns the green text on and off. I don’t think this is a universal html tag. I tried using the a-close tag at the beginning, but that didn’t work; I expect that the a-open tag is in the script the blog uses to display comments, and was not accessible to the browser. By putting the a-open and a-close tags together at the beginning, the browser is able to recognize a valid argument for turning off the green text.

    User friendliness appropriate to February 2011 would be nice. The archaic software requirements remind me of DOS or the internet pre-Web. WTF. It’s all just a case of history repeating…


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    Feb 22nd, 2011 (10:06 am)

    I am a little late in saying “welcome”, but I mean it just as much. We look forward to many good articles on the Volt and Volt-like vehicles.