101 miles on battery in one day. Some ICE MPG info. Good times.
Yesterday, for the first time, I cracked 100 miles on the battery in a single day. It was a long day. My parents were in town to visit so I took their Caddy in for maintenance, took my mom shopping half the afternoon, kids to and from school, back to the Caddy dealership to pick up the car, shoved a broken lawnmower in the thing and took it for service, etc etc etc.
Plugged it in every time it wasn't being driven, and took off at 9pm last night with 85% of a charge, got 39 miles off of that on the highway, wound up with a total of 101 miles on grid power for the day. 20.1 kWh consumed. After that I got 44.5 mpg on the gas motor for 141 miles.
Some interesting notes on the ICE performance during this drive:
-141 miles of highway, broken up with occasional trips through various towns, where speeds would slow to 30-55mph.
-the car went into battery power only when slowing below 60mph. it accelerated up to 60mph on battery power on various occasions, and always, above 60mph, engaged the ICE
-you can control when the car goes into battery mode by staying at 60+ indicated mph, thereby allowing you to save the battery for the lower speed trips through towns. The ICE apparently engages at or above 60mph all the time.
-you can probably boost your trip average mpg by a few tenths by keeping speeds very low over the last leg through a city, as the ICE won't apparently engage below 20-25mph, so for the last mile of neighborhood traffic with stop signs every block, if you just limp and coast, you can avoid kicking the ICE in.
I completely withdraw a complaint I made a couple months ago about the seats. Maybe the drivers seat has broken in a little bit, but it was awesome for this (and my last few) trips. No discomfort, no fidgeting, nothing.
Overall to get from one of my homes to the other I used 3.17 gallons of gas. My all time low for this (with a pretty good tailwind) was just under 3, my average is about 3.5. Wind conditions were average (mild crosswind).
In and among all of that, I even found time to beat on my sports cars a little bit. My mom suggested that I trade my Ferrari in on a Cadillac, after I drove her to the sewing store in it, saying "Brian, this car is cute, but to be honest the Cadillac rides quite a bit better, and its quieter too, maybe you could trade it off on a Cadillac when you drop dad off to pick up ours". Mom doesn't really get sports cars, lol. The Fezza used roughly as much gas on that 25 mile round tirp as the Volt did for 242 miles yesterday.
And, speaking of my parents, my fetish for high mileage vehicles began when they bought an Oldsmobile Diesel powered car (the old Olds 5.7L diesel) 25 years ago or so. It got low 30s, our previous 70's era boat got like 12, and I was immediately fascinated by hihg MPG machines. I read about that engine the other day, and learned it was one of histories least reliable. Our families car was sold off with 345,000 miles. I guess Dad got a good copy of that engine...
As for high MPG machines, my Volt is now at 90+ lifetime MPG, up from a low of 77 (when I was still learning the car) a couple months ago. I will be over 100mpg lifetime by mid summer, and I am at bout 107mpg for the last 3000 miles. And I have to drive long highway trips at minimum of once a week.
There isn't any other car in existence that could do all of this. Ever.
This is, in my simple and relatively valueless opinion, the best car I have ever had. Quiet, fun to drive, pretty, comfortable, cheap, useful, 100+ mpg, unlimited range if I need it.
My dad said this: "Brian, you know this is nicer than the Caddy to drive around town. I agree with what you said. Nobody will ever get used to an electric car and then go back to a normal car. Just think if this was a Cadillac and not a Chevy, how nice and quiet would it be then?".
To that I just say "amen". Nobody that gets used to a leaf or a volt or a tesla is going back to something with a normal engine.
50-55+ miles spring/summer (no climate control), 45-50 summer (AC on Eco), ~30 winter (heater running)
The electric car will win one day, not because of global warming or enviro-anything, but because it is simply a superior driving and ownership experience. You read it here first.