Well, we've nearly hit another milestone: 10,000 miles or 16,000 kilometres; we'll hit it this weekend but I figured I might as well update things now as we're only a couple of hundred clicks off. Plus, I plan on enjoying the weekend doing other stuff than spending inordinate amounts of time online .
As I promised in my prior posts here is the latest update on the Volt and how its fared. Note that the next update will be on the one year anniversary of the car, which will provide data on a full year of driving through a brutally cold Ottawa winter followed by what has been an unbelievably hot and dry summer which has resulted in probably a worst case year of driving for any car. I know some folks have been very curious about what type of "fuel economy" we'd see across a year, but the curious should already notice that we're getting excellent economy, even when lead-footed old me is driving. Obviously I'd love to see other reports from owners of other electric or electric-based cars so we can do a comparison.
First, some stats.
- Electric kms: 13,131 (8,159 miles)
- Gas kms: 2,659 (1,647 miles)
- Total kms: 15,789 (9, 810 miles)
- Percentage electric: 83%
- Fuel economy: 1.3l/100km (181mpg)
- Best electric range: 75km (46.6 miles)
- Best mpg in CS mode: 4.35l/100km (54mpg)
- Worst mpg in CS mode: 8.04l/100km (29mpg) (probably me )
- Average in CS mode: 6l/100km (39mpg)
For those interested in kWh/100km, the rate during the warmer months has stayed pretty consistently around 19 -21kW/h/100km. The winter months were 30 - 34kWh/100km. So you can see the effect the cold weather has. However, the brutally hot summer has had no effect.
For those wondering about how much fuel we've used for these nearly 10,000 miles/16,000kms it works out to be 205 litres (about 54 US gallons).
I really don't have much to add from my prior posts. The car continues to perform flawlessly. It's a sheer joy to drive. It exceeded our expectations during the winter and in the summer, even under the brutal heat wave we had here in Ottawa, the car delivered more than 60km of range per charge even though we drove it with the climate control set to Comfort mode. We regularly hit nearly 70km to a charge, even me who tends to drive aggressively all the time.
The car has no rattles, squeaks, creaks or other annoyances. It remains rock solid in terms of being bolted together. It also remains the go-to car for everyone in the house and is requested as the car to pick up friends in as they also remain enchanted with the vehicle.
It's remains odd to simply drive past the gas station for months on end. It's rather weird when you finally have to go for a fill up. It takes a few moments to remember how to refuel the Volt and then, after only 30 litres (about 9 gallons) the pump clicks off -- you feel like you're cheating by not having to dump 70 - 100 litres into the tank! Because the tank is small and the visits infrequent I couldn't care less what the price of gas is. At an average of 20 litres per month so far that's only about $25-30 or so of fuel per month! Whenever I drive a non-Voltec car I regret having to stop at the gas station weekly just so I can drive around.
We have not upgraded to a 240 plug since we seem to be getting along fine with just the regular wall outlet. I'm sure we could have cut 50 litres or so out of the fuel we used in the past 10 months, but that's but a minor issue. We have never plugged in anywhere but home, actually. Which means all the driving we've done has been as we would normally do during the course of a month, winter, summer, what have you. So, you're seeing results from someone who plugs it in in the evening and drives it in the morning to work most days. And it includes some trips to cottages, Montreal, etc. In other words, as a commuter car it works perfectly. As a long distance driver, it works perfectly well, too.
Would we buy another? In a heartbeat. It's probably the best car we've ever owned and one of the most satisfying vehicles I've ever driven.
What am I most waiting for? The Cadillac ELR. I am really curious to see what GM has done with Voltec in a Cadillac configuration.
What would I change in the Volt? I'd love more power to the wheels. I'd also love more interior space -- GM should have built the Volt on Epsilon and not Delta. I'm hoping there will be an Epsilon variant when the next generation is built. Of course, if I had my druthers I'd hope for an AWD Voltec equipped Alpha sports coupe. A man can dream. And the Volt should have a proper cargo cover, instead of the stretchy fabric one that comes with the Volt. You'd think GM would have had one by now or at least some aftermarket firm would be selling one. Sigh.
For those wanting to read my past missives and are having trouble searching for them, here are links to each of them.
Next missive will be in October when the car hits its first anniversary. At that point we should hit near 20,000kms (12,500 miles). It will have been driven through an Ottawa winter and an Ottawa summer, both of which were quite intense.