11-09-2010, 12:42 PM
I placed my order a few weeks ago in NJ and have been watching this site and Volt news closely. Here is one thing that confuses me: why is there not more said about the benefit of a longer-than-50-mile commute in a Volt? Taking into consideration some real world test drives I've read about, the Volt should average about 70 MPG on my 100-mile round trip daily commute to work (approx 40 - 50 miles on battery and mid-30s MPG on extended thereafter). But all of the focus seems to be on sub-50 mile commutes. Is there a danger or inefficiency or detriment to the car I am not seeing/considering on these longer commutes? I would greatly appreciate any feedback/thoughts, as well as comments from anyone else who expects to use the Volt for longer daily commutes. Thanks!
11-09-2010, 01:42 PM
I think it boils down to the fact that people misinterprit the MPG figures, no matter the range. I saw this in the comments of the recent CNN article about the Volt. People just assume the 35-40mpg figure and say things like "car x gets better mileage, so whats the point". They don't take the battery range into account, or don't care.
11-09-2010, 04:02 PM
You're not missing anything, ps94515. Your numbers are right.
People are getting distracted by the CS mode number. Our job is to bring the truth to light, even when their ignorance is willful :)
George S. Bower
11-09-2010, 04:23 PM
I can relate as I have a 74 mile round trip with (probably ) no charge point at the turnaround. If you are satisfied w/ 70 MPG then that's what counts. Besides from all the test drives I've read so far the car is really top notch from a fit and finish, interior, noise, ride and handling point of view. We have a fair number of guys here that are giving up their BMW's and Mercedes for the Volt. That speaks a lot about the "class" of the Volt!!-GSB
11-09-2010, 04:41 PM
Thanks for the feedback so far, guys. I'm glad I'm not the only one mystified by the lack of awareness. And by the way, George, I'm giving up and Infiniti.
11-09-2010, 05:33 PM
And by the way, George, I'm giving up and Infiniti.
Buzz Lightyear would approve: "To Infiniti ... and beyond!"