here are the stats:
Mileage = 22,395 with 9,518 miles electric
Gallons of gas = 340
Estimated electricity costs = $400
Gallons of gas equivalent (at $4 per gallon) = 100
Overall mpg = 51
kWh/mile (at 10 cents per kWh) = 400/(.10 * 9518) = .42
oil life remaining = 37%
< 1K miles - knocking sound in right front from wheel well fasteners
~ 3k miles - master cylinder replaced for leak
~ 5k miles – dead 12V battery, testing done for 4 weeks without definite source, OnStar module replaced, no recurrence
~ 8K miles – replaced 110v charger for bad AC cord strain relief
~ 15k miles – replaced charge port door for false “door open” switch, then had switch for “car present” replaced (could not charge vehicle)
Tires rotated twice
One nail in tread with leak, patched after tire goo
Replaced front windshield for crack from highway gravel
bought a tire goo refill for the inflator
Overall, I am quite happy with the car. I drive weekly from the SF bay area to Salinas CA (100 miles) and monthly to Fresno CA (360 miles in a day), so my EV usage is not as high as I wish it was. I could not, however, do my drives with an all electric vehicle.
My previous car, a 2003 volvo V40, averaged 25 mpg, so I saved about 440 gallons of gas this year - plus the lower emissions for the EV portion of the driving.
I have chargepoint 220 chargers in berkeley and salinas, and a 220 Voltec unit in the trunk with avcon and several plug adapters for the occasional 220 opportunity. I have charged 220v at Costco in Gilroy, Palo Alto's downtown garage, SFO's garage, 5th/mission garage in SF, the old Sun microsystems building in Menlo Park, and Expresso parking in San Leandro near the OAK airport.
GM has been great on all the repairs and I have been loaned a giant 4 door red Cadillac, a tiny Aveo and a Cobalt.
The car is quiet, has good acceleration (usually I drive in sport mode with L if there is much traffic), and has been reliable since April. The bose sound system is nice, the GPS handy, the onstar helpful.
My first volt advisor, Helen, was fantastic; the technicians at the Salinas and San Leandro shops were quite knowledgeable; and the regional service manager, Aubrey, was very helpful and supportive.
Even though my car had a few issues, I would still buy a Volt today.
50 mpg is great for a 3700 pound car, and I like the styling more than the other hybrids.
here's to a more reliable 2nd year