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Living with the Volt

David Blaza
5/23/2011 02:27 PM EDT

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George K
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George K   5/27/2011 3:54:13 PM
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If you intend to charge it using solar cells, I assume you work the night shift.

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DrQuine   5/27/2011 12:23:32 PM
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Currently the Volt runs in a "dumb" mode knowing only the current conditions. I read an interesting article elsewhere about driving in "mountain mode" (which recharges the battery) on the highway so that charge will be available for pure electric driving in the urban destination at the end of the trip. It would be nice if Google maps could provide recommended driving modes for trip segments. In my (non-PHEV) hybrid I learned a long time ago not to use cruise control because it always gunned the engine just before the crest of a hill when I knew we could coast over and would gain speed back from gravity.

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nicolas.mokhoff   5/25/2011 2:18:14 PM
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It's time to hear from other Volt owners to get representations of experiences driving, charging, and enjoying this new kid on the block. Any takers?

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selinz   5/25/2011 2:08:24 PM
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Don't blow a gasket, kevin. The point of the article is that if you don't have a 100 mile commute, you will never have to kick on the gas engine. It's a backup generator for the electric engine. That's a good thing because it means you can drive it across the country if you need to.

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Kevin.Jackson   5/25/2011 1:49:14 PM
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Stop it already, it's a HYBRID! GM promised an electric car with great range and delivered a hybrid - what a let down. There are two power sources, it doesn't matter if the power is routed to the wheels by wires or gears or whatever, two power sources make it a hybrid.

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dblaza1   5/25/2011 6:23:23 AM
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Lots of great questions, let me answer a few: Sticker price of this car is $45k but we paid more because they are in short supply but a recent study (by Accenture) showed that for buyers of electric cars price is not an issue they are making a statement just like someone who buys a BMW M3/5 isn't looking for transportation! On the question of how quiet they are, GM has added a feature that clicks like the turn signal via an external speaker for pedestrians, I think there will be a lot more development on this over the next few years This car will be torn down by EE Times to look at the technology over the next few months and someone is going to win one next year so please follow us on Twitter

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Patk0317   5/24/2011 11:13:45 PM
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What about the fact that the car is quiet? In Germany at BMW some years ago, I was told the govt. made them add noise to their test e-vehicle as people couldn't hear it coming and therefore it was a danger.

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ReneCardenas   5/24/2011 8:56:17 PM
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It is very nice to see GM do a good attempt to bring electric vehicles to the masses. My concern would be the cost of battery replacement, and the frequency. That is a certainty that will have to be overcome with field reports of reliable performance in numbers, to gain converts and see migration to this option. Otherwise it is just another beautiful car with noble ideals but only afforded by the affluent.

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ReneCardenas   5/24/2011 8:40:35 PM
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You would be surprise to find out that there are actually 3KW panels commercially available, but the issue is the investment required to store that energy and other infrastructure. http://www.solarcommunity.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=182&Itemid=66

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ReneCardenas   5/24/2011 8:36:50 PM
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Focus gentlemen, the topic is the car!

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