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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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If you choose to precondition, so that the gas engine does not start at colder temperatures you can set the Engine Heat Assist While Plugged In setting to be No so that the gas engine will never run while your Volt is plugged in. You also can set the Engine Heat Assist to Deferred mode so that the gas engine will only come on (once you unplug and manually start your Volt) when the outside temperature is 15 F or below, else by default the gas engine will start whenever you start your the Volt and outside temperature is 35 F or below.
See bolded part. You have more than enough charge to get to work and back all electric even at 16F.
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