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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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I also live in the Denver area and have a very short commute to work (about 6-1/2 miles each way with not much elevation change). With my battery fully charged I can drive to work and back, plus come home for lunch using some electric heat and still have 10-15 miles EV range left in the winter. I have the ERDTT set to 15 degrees so the motor doesn't come on till its really cold. So far I haven't had any issues, mechanical, comfort or otherwise - I'm loving this car!

One thing I'd like to try is driving to the top of Mount Evans (highest paved road in N. America, the parking lot at the summit is about 14,200-ish feet elevation). It would be interesting to see how much regen I get on the way down, just for fun/education and to satisfy my curiosity :cool:
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