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    I think TrueCar chargers the dealer $300-$400....

    I think TrueCar chargers the dealer $300-$400. Costco doesn't charge anything. I'm sure TrueCar is fine but I'd also try Costco.

    I know a couple of members here have used Costco. They were happy...
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    Two things. One is that the Volt never uses the...

    Two things. One is that the Volt never uses the entire battery. If you did you'd kill the battery. They don't like being used that way. A BEV might use 80%. The Volt more like 65%. Two is that the...
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    I hadn't seen this. Thanks for posting. Hopefully...

    I hadn't seen this. Thanks for posting. Hopefully this doesn't count as a "Media Encounter". :D

    Does look like the hatch is bigger. Has to be to hold Jimmy.
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    Good question. Very few standby losses. I once...

    Good question. Very few standby losses. I once knew the exact answer since I measured it with a KillAWatt but that was a few years ago and I've forgotten. Something very minor. Between 2 and 10...
  5. Maybe I've worked in tech too long, but this is...

    Maybe I've worked in tech too long, but this is pretty much par for the course. When you've never done something before, you have no metrics for estimating if you can do it or, if you can, when you...
  6. Higher income workers get the vast majority of...

    Higher income workers get the vast majority of tax breaks, the big ones being the deduction for home mortgages and capital gains. The step up basis for the inheritance tax also comes to mind, as does...
  7. Didn't know that. Great information. I...

    Didn't know that. Great information.

    I wouldn't say GM was duped. The risks were clearly understood and a Plan B was obviously in place. No doubt disappointment that there wasn't a breakthrough of...
  8. The Spark EV is smaller than the Volt. Its...

    The Spark EV is smaller than the Volt. Its battery is larger. And its battery fits under the back seats. You think the engineers might be able to use this design on the Volt, but the Volt needs an...
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    One is from the wall and one from the battery....

    One is from the wall and one from the battery. The difference between the two numbers is the charging loss. For example, it might take 12 kWh from the wall to add 10 kWh to the battery. If you went...
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    Charging requires a certain amount of overhead,...

    Charging requires a certain amount of overhead, which is a constant draw per unit time. The longer you charge the more total overhead you have. Hence the less time you spend charging the more...
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    That's a good point but I was trying to emphasize...

    That's a good point but I was trying to emphasize how the new TOU rates encourage solar, not make the case that solar makes charging "free". Probably didn't make that clear. The short story is that I...
  12. Since most of the cost of the battery is in the...

    Since most of the cost of the battery is in the materials, the more dense the battery the lower the cost. Should be fairly linear.

    Energy density has definitely gone up since the first generation....
  13. Congrats on the car, Tony. I think you'll enjoy...

    Congrats on the car, Tony. I think you'll enjoy it.

    On the timing, with current interest rates, waiting isn't such a big deal. :cool: Kidding aside, most poeple find a single larger payment more...
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    Congrats on all those cars! Just use the 240v...

    Congrats on all those cars!

    Just use the 240v charger for the car that drove the most miles. Use the 120v for the one that drove the least. Works for me. Many times you don't use all the charge so...
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    I ignore it because the electrical cost is so...

    I ignore it because the electrical cost is so inconsequential it matters not whether I consider it or not. I'm in San Diego as well. You've looked into solar so you'll understand that with solar I'm...
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    I'm not picking on the OP, I'm trying to be...

    I'm not picking on the OP, I'm trying to be helpful. I'm just pointing out that, contrary to what you're thinking, it's more expensive to commute. Once you start factoring in depreciation and...
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    Considering the quality of the ride and the...

    Considering the quality of the ride and the safety of the Volt, I'll take back putting the Prius ahead of it. Thanks to those pointing these things out.

    FWIW for gas consumption the break even...
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    From the data I've seen the Volt has more repairs...

    From the data I've seen the Volt has more repairs than average, but from this forum most of these are non-events. Not to come off as flippant, but I think you should get an apartment. Your commuting...
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    Congrats on the car. Nothing like a smooth...

    Congrats on the car. Nothing like a smooth electric drive to put a smile on your face and zen in your heart. :) Since you can do most trips electric only, the Volt is more or less "gas optional". You...
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    Poll: My door says 35 psi, which is basically the...

    My door says 35 psi, which is basically the pressure he's using. I doubt 1 psi matters, assuming you can measure it that accurately.
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