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I had to decide if I wanted to put gas in my Volt today in preparation for our Aug 20-21 trip to Grand Island, NE to watch the solar eclipse. By filling the tank to day I got $1.00 off each gallon - tomorrow would be $0.40 off per gallon. I ended up filling today - no line at the pumps.

What I had absolutely forgotten was the idiocy of standing there while the car "charged". I've gotten used to just plugging in and walking away and then unplugging when I'm ready to drive again. I hadn't filled the gas tank since June 12th and hadn't used any gas since July 11th.
 

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I had to decide if I wanted to put gas in my Volt today in preparation for our Aug 20-21 trip to Grand Island, NE to watch the solar eclipse. By filling the tank to day I got $1.00 off each gallon - tomorrow would be $0.40 off per gallon. I ended up filling today - no line at the pumps.

What I had absolutely forgotten was the idiocy of standing there while the car "charged". I've gotten used to just plugging in and walking away and then unplugging when I'm ready to drive again. I hadn't filled the gas tank since June 12th and hadn't used any gas since July 11th.
I have to agree...it feels idiotic going to a fuel station these days. The only time I do go is if renting a different vehicle than my own.
 

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I have an old Z3 I bought as a toy and I had forgotten the annoyances of gassing up, most having to do with people. I about got hit by a car today that decided it wanted to save 30 seconds at a light by cutting through the corner gas station at 30 mph. Usually why I avoid corner stations, but was sitting on E.
 

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The funny thing is that I haven't filled up since my trip to Denver in May, and I live in Grand Island! In fact my Volt just had to run FMM this morning.

Aside from a Tesla Super Charger at the I80/HW281 intersection, there aren't any public charging stations in Grand Island (The one at the Chevy dealership doesn't work AFAIK). I have a L2 charger in my garage. Let me know if you're interested.
 

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The funny thing is that I haven't filled up since my trip to Denver in May, and I live in Grand Island! In fact my Volt just had to run FMM this morning.

Aside from a Tesla Super Charger at the I80/HW281 intersection, there aren't any public charging stations in Grand Island (The one at the Chevy dealership doesn't work AFAIK). I have a L2 charger in my garage. Let me know if you're interested.
Sean, I might take you up on this. I'm coming out for the Solar Eclipse on the 21st. It's 427 miles from my house to Grand Island so I'll have to stop for gas, probably in Kearny on the way out. On the way back I know I'll have to stop for gas.
 

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The price of brent crude went above $50 today if that helps you decide. The gas stations follow quickly behind whether their own cost for gasoline actually rises or not.

CL1:COM WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 50.19
CO1:COM Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 52.65
 

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The price of brent crude went above $50 today if that helps you decide. The gas stations follow quickly behind whether their own cost for gasoline actually rises or not.

CL1:COM WTI Crude Oil (Nymex) USD/bbl. 50.19
CO1:COM Brent Crude (ICE) USD/bbl. 52.65
I paid $1.479 per gallon today. Put in 7.762 gallons for $10.00 even. Tomorrow I would have paid 60 cents more per gallon.
 

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I have to agree...it feels idiotic going to a fuel station these days. The only time I do go is if renting a different vehicle than my own.
Not if that's where you are going to buy your winning Powerball ticket...:)
 

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The funny thing is that I haven't filled up since my trip to Denver in May, and I live in Grand Island! In fact my Volt just had to run FMM this morning.

Aside from a Tesla Super Charger at the I80/HW281 intersection, there aren't any public charging stations in Grand Island (The one at the Chevy dealership doesn't work AFAIK). I have a L2 charger in my garage. Let me know if you're interested.
Sean, I might take you up on this. I'm coming out for the Solar Eclipse on the 21st. It's 427 miles from my house to Grand Island so I'll have to stop for gas, probably in Kearny on the way out. On the way back I know I'll have to stop for gas.
Send me a PM if you're up and we can set up a time.

Where in GI will you be watching the eclipse?
 

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Send me a PM if you're up and we can set up a time.

Where in GI will you be watching the eclipse?
Will do. I was thinking one of the parks near I-80. PlugShare shows a free active L2 charger in on of the smaller parks that I might be able to use.
 

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After just completing a 1500 miler within California (gas: $2.80-3.25 range and going higher soon) in my '16 here are 2 notes of encouragement: 41.5 mpg gas, trip avg. (no charging except before leaving) speeds mostly 65-75 and.... Heat. At 28K mi. almost undetectable engine vibration.(noticeable when new. Could be miles or more likely, electronic updates) My passenger, unfamiliar with Volt, drove the last 400 mi. and loved the car. Convert? We'll see.
 

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I operate my 17 Volt over 96% from the grid, but needed to fill our GMC Acadia yesterday and paid $2.09/gal at SAM's. No complaints on gas prices or what I pay for electricity (12c /kW) here in southern Illinois.
 

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Send me a PM if you're up and we can set up a time.

Where in GI will you be watching the eclipse?
Will do. I was thinking one of the parks near I-80. PlugShare shows a free active L2 charger in on of the smaller parks that I might be able to use.
There are some parks that have NEMA 14-50 and 120V plugs. One is a State Park, Mormon Island. That's North off of I80 on H281.Otherwise there's a Chargepoint at the Hastings museum, but it's not free either.

I'm not sure about the county Park. I haven't been there since I got my Volt, so I haven't checked the outlets.
 

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How are you getting these discounts?
Safeway. We have a high volume Safeway gas station and a Shell station in the neighborhood. The Shell station might turn it's underground tanks over every other week - the Safeway twice a week with bigger tanks. Pump price was $2.479 and I had a dollar off a gallon.
 

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There are some parks that have NEMA 14-50 and 120V plugs. One is a State Park, Mormon Island. That's North off of I80 on H281.Otherwise there's a Chargepoint at the Hastings museum, but it's not free either.

I'm not sure about the county Park. I haven't been there since I got my Volt, so I haven't checked the outlets.
PlugShare shows George Clayton County Park having what appears to be a 120V outlet. I thought it was a 240V outlet but I'm guessing from the picture that it's a 120V outlet.
 

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It's especially idiotic at those pumps with the TVs on top that play non-stop advertising that you can't turn off.
I haven't had the displeasure of this. Yuck :(
 

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Don't put fuel in and don't drive.

The total eclipse covers over a third of the U.S. and the partial covers half of the Earth! Just stay home and watch it safely. TV broadcasts will give you a better view of the totality than watching it live. I know because I am a hobby astronomer I have watched many solar eclipses, and realized that it isn't worth the troubles and danger to look at it live.
 
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