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Let me start off by saying I live in New York, if that makes a difference. I've had my volt for about a month now, and have received my first electricity bill since buying. To my horror, my bill went up from about $350 gas AND electric - to $850! I nervously called ConEdison to see if there was a problem with my meter or something, in which they sent a specialist. They told me essentially nothing was wrong, and that's just how much it costs to charge. The lady even told me about a website that backs up this information that I don't remember. I am speechless at this point, since from my research my electricity bill only should have gone up about $60 a month. I charge usually at 11pm, so most charging is done off peak with my 110 charger. Am I doing something wrong here? It doesn't make sense at all, who would buy a Volt if it meant that the energy costs would be $500 a month? If anyone could please shed some light on this situation I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
 

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First of all, take a breath and calm down. Your Volt is almost certainly not the cause of the vast majority of this increase. (For example, if you did a full charge every night for 1 month, that's only ~420 kWh. So to translate that into $500, you have to be paying $1.19/kWh.)

You need to post more details about your bill if you want any more help.

-How many kWh's did you use this month? Last month?
-How much do you pay per kWh?
-Are you on a flat-rate plan, or tiered, time-of-use, or something else?
-Have you typically been totally draining the battery and doing full charges every night? Or have you typically had some EV miles left when you plug in?

Also, take all of your natural gas charges out of your totals. Those are irrelevant.
 

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No way, something's wrong. I fully charge my empty battery every night, and only spend $18/mo for charging. Granted I'm on a special overnight EV rate (6c/kWh), but no, even if your rate was 10x mine, doesn't make sense.
 

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Wow! Granted, I live in Florida, but mine only went up about $35.00 per month.
 

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Let me start off by saying I live in New York, if that makes a difference. I've had my volt for about a month now, and have received my first electricity bill since buying. To my horror, my bill went up from about $350 gas AND electric - to $850!
It can't be just the Volt. It's been an unusually harsh winter, are you using electric space heaters or something else that might drive up your energy consumption.? Is your neighbour running a grow-op?
 

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Before going further, it would be most helpful if you posted the two bills (deleting all personal information of course). If that will take some time, please give us the name of the electrical utility you are using, the rate you are on, and the number of miles you drive a month. That will be sufficient for us to give you an estimate of how much of your bill increase the Volt might be responsible for.
 

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There are no other factors that could have caused the bill to go up, except the car. I don't have my bill details right now but when I do ill put it up. From what the specialist told me, the car is the only reason behind the increase.
 

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Let me start off by saying I live in New York, if that makes a difference. I've had my volt for about a month now, and have received my first electricity bill since buying. To my horror, my bill went up from about $350 gas AND electric - to $850! I nervously called ConEdison to see if there was a problem with my meter or something, in which they sent a specialist. They told me essentially nothing was wrong, and that's just how much it costs to charge. The lady even told me about a website that backs up this information that I don't remember. I am speechless at this point, since from my research my electricity bill only should have gone up about $60 a month. I charge usually at 11pm, so most charging is done off peak with my 110 charger. Am I doing something wrong here? It doesn't make sense at all, who would buy a Volt if it meant that the energy costs would be $500 a month? If anyone could please shed some light on this situation I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
I really doubt this is the car. New York is experiencing record low temperatures and snow fall, like much of the east coast.

Go back to your bill and figure out how many kWh you used this month vs before, and how many cubic feet of gas.

Also, can you tell us what you pay per kWh?
 

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There are no other factors that could have caused the bill to go up, except the car. I don't have my bill details right now but when I do ill put it up. From what the specialist told me, the car is the only reason behind the increase.
Just curious 3 weeks ago in a post you said you were looking for a reliable place to charge in NYC and were concerned that the EV mileage was low:

http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...uot-2012-Volt-Gas-Range&p=2264913#post2264913

However, due to the cold nyc weather and having to use the gas engine while finding a reliable charging spot, I had to fill up.
Then in that thread you posted you finally found a reliable place to charge:

Thank you all for the replies. I feel much better now lol. I have since found a good place to charge daily so the gas in it wont be too much of an issue anymore.
Could you just clarify a bit?
 

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There are no other factors that could have caused the bill to go up, except the car. I don't have my bill details right now but when I do ill put it up. From what the specialist told me, the car is the only reason behind the increase.
I think you're just getting a brush off, without any real analysis. Keep pushing.
 

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The only way a Volt could use $500.00 worth of power in a month is if you left it running while plugged in and the heat on. The past month in Connecticut I averaged 16 kwh (after charge loses) a day. Even at the high Connecticut rate of $.21/kwh this is still only $100.00.
 

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Dude, is somebody hijacking your electricity? Do you live in a multiple dwelling unit of some sort? Even here in San Jose, CA, $500 will buy you well over a MWH, that is, a mega-watt hour!
 

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Not having enough information makes understanding your situation impossible. Does ConEd have an online invoice, my little co op does! The invoice will contain your answer.
 

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I'll add my voice to the others, it is simply not believable the Volt could be causing that.

Posting any information from the bill will be helpful in finding out what the true cause is.
 

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My troll alert is set to "HIGH". Given that NY electrical rates are at an all time high, and residents have been running their gas and electric heaters overtime, it's hard to believe that a customer service rep wouldn't mention those factors when talking to a customer. The CS reps must be answering these type of inquiries thousands of times a day. In fact it's so common the NY Post had an entire article just on the electrical part of the bills. http://nypost.com/2014/02/09/power-price-spike-for-nysers-on-con-ed-bills-in-middle-of-winter/ Vague references to websites that "back up" that the CS rep said it was due to electrical vehicle charging deepens rather than alleviates the skepticism.
 

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Numbers don't add up. I poked around on coned's website, their rate docs gave me a headache, but I came across an average bill graph. It looks like a 600kwh bill is close to $150 including surcharges. That's 25cents per kWh. Even if you consumed much more than that and it pushed you into higher rate, volt can only consume 420 kWh per month doing a full charge every night. It's been a few months since I last charged on 110, if I remember correctly, full charge takes 10+ hours on 110. If you were starting to charge at 11, were you done by 9am? If sooner, than you didn't even need a full charge. But even a daily full charge will have to run at $1.19 rate to explain $500. Math does not add up.


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There are no other factors that could have caused the bill to go up, except the car. I don't have my bill details right now but when I do ill put it up. From what the specialist told me, the car is the only reason behind the increase.
But you said a couple weeks ago: "I have since found a good place to charge daily..". Are you actually using your home electricity to charge the car?

/ditto DonC.

3300 watts for a dozen hours a night is definitely not the causality. A full charge is around 13kwh for this car. If the battery is at it's lower SOC EVERY NIGHT, then, 13x30 = 390kwh for $500 would be an outrageous $1.28/kwh!
 

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I pay ~$0.19 kWhr (all taxes and fees included) and I charge my Volt, with the battery fully depleted, at least 5 nights per week. My electric bill last month was $128. My rate is probably similar or possibly even higher than yours.
 

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Aliens. It must be aliens. Does any part of the car appear to have extraordinarily long fingerprints. Have you taken any recent trips to Roswell, New Mexico? The specialist from Edison told me that it's the owners responsibility for any such charges by the way.
 
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