Well, I didn't make January. I had to gas up. Forgot about the kids' exams and Christmas shopping. And then Mother Nature walloped us this weekend with -17c weather. Sigh. Plus, I wanted to fill up so that I don't have to worry about gas over the Christmas break, what with all the visits to friends, relatives, etc. The cars will be out for a lot of driving courtesy of the festive season .
Here's the dash as it stood a few hours ago:
Anyway, as the picture shows, we made it to 2818kms total, 2440 electric. I filled up while out on errands this evening. We've burned through 30.2l of fuel.
Our average fuel economy is now 1.0l/100kms, or about 235 US mpg (285 imperial mpg).
The fill up was $39 for the 30 litres.
When we do our next fill up actually depends on what the weather is like going forward. If it gets back down to the -20c range we'll fill up more often. If it stays fairly mild we'll last longer.
Here's some simple stats.
- Best range: 75km
- Average warm weather range (>15c): 60km
- Average fall weather range (5 - 15c): 55km
- Average mild winter weather (-5 - 5c): 48km
- Worst range (-17c): 32km
The battery is truly hammered when the outside temperature is cold. And, no, we don't "precondition" the battery or the car. We're on 120 and supposedly that doesn't have enough power to properly condition the battery. We have not remote started the car, even in the frigid weather.
Some additional tidbits of interest:
- The engine comes on whenever the temperature is below -5c, cycling as necessary.
- We seem to get about 5l/100km in charge sustaining mode.
- My daughter loves "Comfort" mode, with the seats going full and the cabin temperature at least set to 24c. The impact appears to be about 2 - 3kms. Not bad.
- The car handles fine in the snow and ice. It's very very stable. I was pleasantly surprised. And, yes, the Volt has Michelin X-Ice winters.
- Filling up is a non-event. You depress the button to release the pressure in the tank, when it says "Ready to fuel" you fuel up. It takes less time than you'd expect because the tank is so small.
- I got a lot of looks while filling up. It was rather funny as I'm sure some were thinking: "But isn't it electric????"
- Defrost, etc. all work fine. No surprises.
- Camera gets dirty (it's located above the license plate). It requires a bit of a swipe with a glove now and again, otherwise all you see is dirt. No easy solution for that, I suppose, considering the slushy streets and all.
- I've gotten used to the sensors (front and back), though they remain loud. Honestly, it's as if GM set them for "hearing impaired".
- The seats are very comfortable, but they should have been powered with memory. That remains a sore point with me. It's stupid on GM's part, considering the cost and complexity and luxury level of the car.
- Bluetooth works great. I've never had it work as seamlessly as it does in the Volt.
- The configurable dash is uber cool. Only problem is the passengers playing with the centre one all the time. Both the centre and the main one are configurable. The graphics are easy to read.
- I love the fact that the graphic for open doors show red doors. Quite a nice touch.
- Sport mode remains an awesome feature. I use it a lot.
- A lot of people are totally shocked by how quickly the Volt accelerates. I've had people roll their eyes when they're behind me, only to stare in disbelief as it just up and goes. I've then received a lot of smiles. I think folks are used to anemic hybrids, such as the Honda hybrid I was stuck behind today until the roadway opened up to 2 lanes and I could pass.
- The car sounds high end. You close the hatch or any door and it snicks with decision. None of that floppy cheap metal sound so many cars, even some high end cars, seem to exhibit.
- The quiet continues to impress. Even though the rubber, glass, and metal are all shrinking at their own rates courtesy of the colder weather the car remains very very quiet. Eerily quiet when the roads aren't wet.
- The winter tires seem to have more grip than the low resistance summer tires allowing for more aggressive cornering. I will definitely replace the low-resistance tires with real tires once they wear out.
- After 2800+ kms oil is down only 2%, indicative of not needing to change the oil until well into the second year of ownership. Quite cool, that.
- It remains an utter joy to drive.
- And nearly 3000km between fillups (~2000 miles). Wow. I'm suitably impressed.
One happy Volt driver. GM should make the Volt MPV. It would be a very hot seller in my mind if priced similarly to the Volt since it offers so many advantages over any other MPV.