After two years and 27,489 miles, MrEnergyCzar’s Volt gets an A+ on its report card.
Actually, it gets a video documenting a trouble-free car that cost very little to drive and has met expectations completely.
As most of you know, MrEnergyCzar focuses on being prepared for the effects following peak oil.
The Volt and his solar power are key parts of that strategy and having his own electricity saved him on a potential $30 per month electric bill but the Volt’s use of around 5 gallons of gas per month to drive 1,145 miles per month was thanks to the engineering behind the Volt.
Over the two years, he drove 85 percent in pure EV mode which saved the genset from burning more fuel, and MrEnergyCzar’s info readout shows 235 lifetime mpg.
Electrical consumption for the 24 months was about 7,300 kilowatt-hours.
Thanks to his solar panels, he paid 2 cents per mile, or 56 miles per dollar. This compares to 13 miles per dollar for a Prius and 5 miles per dollar for an average SUV.
The Volt also helps in power outages by running a pure sine wave inverter connected to the battery.
Maintenance for the Volt also was inexpensive at $77 for the two years.
The video otherwise speaks for itself, and the takeaway is an implicit “What’s not to like?”
Now if only GM could learn to market the car a bit better.
MrEnergyCzar says he thinks improved commercials would help as the number one question he still gets is “What happens when the battery depletes?”
And while the Volt haters have gotten quiet for the most part, they are still out there. We’ll see if biased Americans who are determined to stay that way ever mend their ways.
“It amazes me how political ideology can convince someone that an American-made, American-powered car is a bad thing,” says MrEnergyCzar as he drives along. “They’d rather us get our fuel for our cars from corrupt oil regions of the world that want to harm us.”
Right. Go figure.
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