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    Default How I Learned to Love a Lower voltstats.net Ranking

    Soon after acquiring my Volt in December 2011, I registered at voltstats.net and began tracking my efficiency performance. Despite many who had thousands of miles already logged in their Volts, I was confident that I could steadily increase my ranking over time. In those early days, that's exactly what happened. As I drove more and more in EV mode, I quickly fell into the top 100. Then I steadily could check my daily improvement in the ranking until ... one day when I started to slide in the other direction. "How could this be?" I asked myself. I was driving almost exclusively in EV mode. I seemed impossible to imagine that I could go down instead of up in the rankings.

    Then I realized how much of a game changer this car is. As more people acquired and started driving the car, the more people that were driving almost exclusively in EV mode. At 95% and 473MPG (as of today), it is nice to see others doing even better.

    So while I will likely continue to slide in the ranking, I take solace in knowing that it's not because I'm doing worse. It's because so many others are joining the group and doing - if only slightly - better.

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    Yup, it's nice to get the big picture- and not worry about stats. Those who would drive a gasser just to avoid messing with stats on particular trips are indeed missing the big picture. Just drive it...and drive it all the time!
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    The median car is 80% electric! (which implies a few cars are putting on a lot of gas miles and dragging the average utility factor down, since that's only 70%)

    Me, I've taken several thousand miles of roadtrips in the car, and so I'm just over 50% electric, somewhere in the bottom 12% in utility factor on Voltstats.

    But I'm still showing 75 MPG, and it's still the best and most efficient car I've had, so I'm not worried.
    Walter
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    I'm not ready yet to embracy a lower rating. I've managed to claw my way up to #6. This while averaging around 1700 miles per month in my Volt.

    Without a doubt this is the best car I have ever owned. I had to take my wife's car to the gas station yesterday and I was not very happy about spending any time at a gas station!

    I'm looking forward to getting the Fuel Maintence Mode message in my Volt!
    VIN: C-10318, Crystal Red, Light Neutral Leather
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    Lifetime Stats - 3,900 mpg | EV Miles: 60,000 | ICE Miles: 139 | EV% 99.8 | Gallons Used: 5.5 | Gallons Wasted 10.3 | Total Gal Saved: 2,608 | $9,780 Saved
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    The top guy at 4,400 mpg + is untouchable... If my Volt wasn't my only car, I'd be up in the 4,000 mpg club as well.... I'll settle for 350 mpg anyday...

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    any chance of making it into the top tier went out the window by taking a 900+ mile trip when I oly had 600+ miles on the car. I'm still not over it and will most likely need therapy.

    My 250+ mileage took a beating and is now creeping up to 74 total lifetime. On the plus my real world MPG of 39 MPG was the best Dino fuel mileage I have ever gotten in all my years of driving and I've been driving for over 45 years. And as a bonus that 39 MPG hand calculated bested the cars computer by 1.8 MPG. Usually built in fuel mileage displays are optimistic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flmark View Post
    Yup, it's nice to get the big picture- and not worry about stats. Those who would drive a gasser just to avoid messing with stats on particular trips are indeed missing the big picture. Just drive it...and drive it all the time!
    Totally agree flmark. I keep saying that over and over.
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    I'm one of those that bought my car out of state and drove it home.

    To see how you compare to the normal folks that bought locally you can:

    1) Change "Timespan:" to something other than "All Dates"
    2) Click on "EV%" until the 100% are sorted to the top.

    For a head-shaker click on "EV%" until the lowest %s are sort at the top (and set timespan to "All Dates" or 6 months). Several folks are less than 25% EV usage. That puzzles me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottf200 View Post
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    For a head-shaker click on "EV%" until the lowest %s are sort at the top (and set timespan to "All Dates" or 6 months). Several folks are less than 25% EV usage. That puzzles me.
    Those are some weird cars. There are several at the bottom end there with impossible VINs (2011-99XXX) and large numbers of miles loaded, but only a very few miles in the breakdowns, all in April. Former demo cars that were never charged, and just now delivered to a customer, maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by saghost View Post
    Those are some weird cars. There are several at the bottom end there with impossible VINs (2011-99XXX) and large numbers of miles loaded, but only a very few miles in the breakdowns, all in April. Former demo cars that were never charged, and just now delivered to a customer, maybe?
    Weird, I'd never noticed those 99XXX VINs before. I'll take a closer look tonight.
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