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  1. Electric Vehicle Batteries & Plug-In Charging
    The battery pack for my 2012 Volt is degrading somewhat. I only get 8.2 kw of useful charge and not 9.7 kw like when I first bought the car. The car has 175k miles on it. I'm thinking of getting a new/used battery pack for it. I was wondering if I could use the old battery pack for storage...
  2. Generation 2 Volt (2016-2020)
    I'm wondering if anyone is experiencing a noticeable variation in fan speed while in AUTO mode. I understand from reading the owners manual that the solar sensor (located on top of the dash) is partially responsible for change in fan speed based on the angle of the sun and how intense the sun...
  3. Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    We're coming up on the season where battery range plummets. Given the large amount of space in over the hatch, it occurred to me that I could possibly heat the interior with a solar powered heater. Has anyone tried this? It wouldn't help overnight, but if your car sits in a parking lot all...
  4. Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    Has anyone tried using a solar array to charge their Volt? I'm thinking if 4 panels or so can charge my Volt a coupla times a week I might try it. I'm figuring on using an inverter to provide 120 volt ac. But I suspect, that since the amps would vary (0 at night for example) that it may...
  5. Care, Maintenance & Service - Gen2 Volt
    My daily commute is really short, and, as a result, I use only around 1.2 kWh of power maximum a day from the high voltage battery on my Volt. The power in the area I live comes from coal plants, and I've been looking for a way to reduce the emissions footprint of my volt (regardless of...
  6. Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Does anyone sell a car port that would serve as a standalone charging station for an electric car? My employer isn't likely to install charging stations anytime soon, but I thought if I could put a car port with solar panels on the roof in one of the parking spaces I could charge my car while...
  7. Li-Ion Battery, Charging, Mgmt System - Chevy Volt
    Hi All, I bought a 2016 Volt, supposed to be delivered today. I also bought a Juicebox 240 volt charger. The Juicebox is connected to Wi-Fi and allows setting of a schedule. I would like to charge the Volt every night, say from 11pm to 5 or 6 am. The Juicebox allows this type of schedule to...
  8. Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    My Dad had one of the local solar companies come out to do an estimate a few weeks ago for a solar array on the farm. We just got a notice of rate increase so he's thinking about it again.
  9. Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    I am hoping to soon publish a book “Driving to Net 0 - Stories of Hope for a Carbon Free Future”. I an trying to see if there might be interest and if so I am looking for 6-12 people who have either dropped their emissions 75%, or are 75% below average and are willing to share their story. I...
  10. Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    SDGE has released new plans, called "Whenergy" http://www.sdge.com/whenergy/residential.php These appear to be TOU (Time of use) plans, but with some differences. For example, their "TOU+" (time of use plus) plan offers what appears to be a substantial kickback if you can reduce your usage on...
  11. Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    I'll be honest, I have never really considered a Volt, I'm a 4wd pickup type of guy, but a local dealer is advertising a 36 month lease for about $100 per month with 1999 down. HELLO! I have 2900 GM card points/dollars, so I might be able to get the lease down to 65ish a month. Can hardly...
  12. Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    Hey all, some (for me at least) in depth questions that I'd love and appreciate some help on! They concern using the Volt as a backup battery but instead of for a home, for an RV, and with solar. Here is the background - I currently own a 2012 Volt (earlier in MY before the slightly increased...
  13. Tesla
    While the details of the Tesla announcement are still under wraps, the $13,000 batteries may actually be available for lease instead of purchase, according to The Guardian, who got the information from investment analyst Trip Chowdhry. Three-hundred customers of SolarCity, a company of which...
  14. Chevy Volt Accessories and Modifications
    We are putting solar on our roof...tentatively scheduled mid-March. Does anyone know if a 240V EVSE charging in 4 hours uses more or less energy than the 110V charging for 8-10 hours? I am sorry if this has been discussed elsewhere. I searched, but found nothing on this. I am trying to...
  15. Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    Wisconsin Utilities Trying To Manage Solar Energy Industry Listen here:http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/10/15/wisconsin-solar-regulation CPS Energy’s shift in sources may have impact on managing logistics SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: View here:"CPS Energy’s shift in sources may have impact on...
  16. Alternative Energy - Solar, Geo-Thermal, Bio-fuels
    From our local paper: "Madison’s solar car shines in the long run"
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