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2016 Vacationing with our Volt

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Here we are, my wife and I, on vacation at Wallowa Lake in north eastern Oregon, elevation 4,400 feet. We left at sea level traveled route 84 at 60-75 mph, speed limit about 50 miles or so east of Portland is 70 MPH. The Volt was loaded with all our gear etc. easily well over 4,000 lb's gross weight.

Arrived yesterday and went down to Imnaha and did some fishing and my wife took some nice videos.

Quite pleased with our 2016 Volt Premier cruising at 70+ mph and handled so much better than our 2010 Prius we used for the same trip about 3 years ago.

Right now at our cabin the dash screen reads 509.2 miles traveled just on gas with 10.73 gal's used for 47.5 mpg. Electric used is 32.7 miles with 8.1 KWH used, and 29 miles remaining. I don't believe our 2010 Prius could do much better or even match the Volt's figures.

Plan on going down to the Snake River Canyon, quite a ride in this vast wilderness area...
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It pays to be on the right (as in correct) coast, that is the Left coast, as we have Tesla chargers, free L2 chargers up and down the Island and no ice on out lakes and rivers (except for the odd winter night or a week on a really cold winter) let alone on the salt water.
Just looked at the plugshare history, the last time this EVSE worked was 2013. This location is a wind farm plus a wind interpretive center that is promoting wind power and yet the PEI government, which owns the charger, can't be bothered to fix it.

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Governments move slowly. One of our city installed free chargers was down for almost a year before it was up and working (the mayor was advised shortly after it went down). And this is a town and municipality that promotes EV's, even buying some for their fleet cars. As an aside from BC Hydro, 93% of electricity in BC is clean energy (mostly hydro).
I hear ya! I grew up in Manitoba in the 50's and 60's. We seldom traveled on paved roads unless we went on one of the rare trips to bigger towns to go to the dentist etc. It was gravel roads some quite washboard as they only got graded once or twice a year. In 1962 I went to Vancouver Island to spend the summer holidays at relatives. I was amazed that all the roads were paved, even small country roads and billiard smooth. Even to this day I would say our roads are better than those found in Washington, Oregon and California, especially their highways as the trucks ravage the roads and California has been teetering on the verge of bankruptcy for decades. Washington has spent some money on I-5 and Los Angeles started spending some money on roads. The sideroads are in much better shape because they don't get the truck traffic.
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