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First work week with my new Volt = VERY HAPPY

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So my daily work commute is 12 miles to the office. I live in the Denver Suburbs. The elevation at my home is 5600ft. I work in Downtown Denver and the elevation there is 5280 ft.

So when I leave my house the EV range is 52 or 53 miles. But whats really cool is when I arrive at work I still have 52 Miles! I think because its mostly downhill. The ICE is not turning on at all when its above 35 degrees.

When I get home from work I've only used about 10 miles of EV for the entire day. So my charge time is very short overnight. I think this is great and is the beginning of a beautiful relationship with my new Volt!

Of course if its really cold the engine comes on and I lose a whole lot more EV. But even when the temps were below 10 degrees I would get home with 20 EV remaining.

I think this was the perfect car for my type of commute to buy. I'm very impressed so far!
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It's great and all you joined the Volt club, but maybe you should've gotten an off-lease, used Gen 1 since it more than meets your commute needs and would save you a lot more money compared to a Gen 2.
I'm two days in to my 2017 and so far enjoying it very much. We bought two at the same time and my wife's comes in next week.

And I didn't know until the day before I bought the car (happened to mention to someone at work who told me) that my workplace has 6 reserved electric car charging parking spaces. I'm actually quite excited in a geeky way that I can charge it at work. I only have a 12 mile commute each way, so basically I don't need to charge it at home during the week if I charge at work, and only concern myself with plugging it in at home on the weekends.

Actually quite convenient to have a Level II charger at work since my wife will want to charge hers at home - we're having just one Level II charger installed in our garage. That I can charge at work means we don't need to worry about trying to charge two at a time. And there's always the standard level I to top off the other car in the garage if need be.
Congrats on the workplace charging! Depending on popularity of the 6 spots, you may consider avoiding them if BEVs are present. Otherwise, you lucky SOB, you hit the jackpot.
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