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My name is Toolworker and I'm a VoltStatsaholic.

(Hi, Toolworker!)

Here's my story. When I picked up my 2016 Volt in November 2015, I made the mistake of letting the dealer fill the tank. When FMM ended my Miles Without Gas streak a year later, I was crushed.

Resolving not to let that happen again, I dribbled in a couple of fresh gallons each time FMM came up, thus managing to keep my Miles Without Gas streak alive for 20 months and my Miles per Tank still anchored in 2015.

I slowly climbed up the Hall of Fame list. It wasn't easy, because I only drive about 5000 miles a year.

I'm not proud of some of the things I did. There was the 24 hour mileage run on a warm Sunday when TOU rates were low. A few times I sunk so low as to actually pay for it. (Chargepoint, you were my enabler.)

The day before yesterday, I hit bottom. Or rather, hit the top of the tank. FMM came on, but this time my tank was full. No chance to put it off any longer by adding fresh gas.

I struggled. I deferred FMM. But 24 hours later, a higher power intervened. The ICE came on.

Now the tank is down a gallon. I could bring my Miles per Tank streak back by adding a gallon and driving a few hundred miles. But I'm taking it one day at a time, so I won't do that today.

My name is Toolworker and I'm a VoltStatsaholic.
 

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You should be driving with a near empty tank, not a full one so you aren't dragging around a full tank of gas for no reason. I keep mine less than a quarter full. I use the ICE once every month to go to a car meeting a few towns over to keep the engine maintenance from coming on every 6 weeks. Adding a little gas now and again ($10 since May, another $10 shortly because of some airport trips) keeps the fuel fresh enough so the yearly burn won't happen. The advantages of a pressurized fuel system.
 

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You should be driving with a near empty tank, not a full one so you aren't dragging around a full tank of gas for no reason.
It wasn't "for no reason." It was because I enjoyed running up the stats.

After I burned off the full tank the dealer gave me, which I already said was a mistake to accept, I drove with a near empty tank for a year before I started playing the defer FMM game. And I intend to go back to that after burning off this tank.

Good thing I didn't mention my range-extending driving habits. I would have had lots more people telling me how I should use my car.
 

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.....Good thing I didn't mention my range-extending driving habits. I would have had lots more people telling me how I should use my car.
What if I tell you that you bought the wrong car?
See my mpg statement?
 

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What if I tell you that you bought the wrong car?
See my mpg statement?
Oh, you're too much of a gentleman to tell someone that.

I drove for 20 months without turning on the ICE except for EMM. So I can match your MPG, or as close as I care about.

And I'm perfectly happy to lug the ICE around just to not have to worry about EV range.

Not saying my car is any better than yours, just that we have different priorities.
 
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