C4884 - White Diamond, purchased 10/15/11
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22,000 miles on 80 gallons | 100 miles per dollar (100 MPD)
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09/30/2011 Delivered. (8,154th Volt Produced)[/QUOTE]
So far, I've never hit maintenance mode and it wouldn't hurt my feelings if I did. I avoid the urge to "game" voltstats by having never signed up. If I'm going to burn some gas, it might as well go to pushing the car directly, rather than getting a round-trip loss through the batteries anyhow - the only reason to do differently is to "cheat" on your voltstats rating - totally bogus IMO.
And BTW, it's almost impossible to have that ICE run and it not be putting charge in - it will do it in MM or maintenance mode (pop the hood) in the driveway if the car is on but not moving. While that makes your stats look better, it's ignorant and still pure cheating. Proud of that? I wouldn't be.
I got mine last October, and drove on mostly-gasoline all winter. Didn't have enough spare solar then, and I'm a heat freak. We know the Volt's electric heater is a design disaster - maybe the only one in the whole car. This year, I'll have enough solar, and will be trying an 800w ceramic space heater instead of using the silly "heat the engine coolant loop out in the cold with electricity" plan, so my mileage should continue to go up. But it's just now breaking 70 lifetime at 3.6k miles. In other words, about twice the Cruze LT for the privilege of driving a far better car that is still far better even when running on ICE (and snow, sorry 'bout the pun).
I've tested and that ceramic heater (running off an inverter in the 12v system) will just about burn your legs off in a few seconds...
And it will heat the car better and quicker in the driveway, plugged in, since it's not trying to heat the out of doors like heating the engine does.
Volt #5014, White. All off grid solar powered. My sci-tech boards:
Well my wife is pretty proud of her last 5K miles on 2.2 gallons. My I could care a lot less. I do like being at 235 mpg and charging both off the solar system however. Less out of pocket the better. Less going to OPEC the better.
Diamond White #B2140 ecosister plate=SLRRYDER
Crystal Red #C8885, Red-Rider plate=NO2OPEC
No gas purchased, fully charged off Solar, OK so I bought some gas to go to Vegas!
DRIVING for FREE! NO OPEC FEE!
My TED 5000 power monitoring
We do some silly things to avoid using gas, but aside from it bordering on OCD (I've been accused of this myself) once I got over my 900+ mile trip that was 90% gas I'm over obsessing.
It's sort of like getting your first dent or scratch on a new car. At some point you just say what the hell and drive it.
Best EV Range 50.x miles (more than once)
2012 Black, purchased from Jerrys of Leesburg.