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So i took the leap to trade in my daily driver half ton truck for the more fuel efficient 2017 Chev Volt. After looking at my fuel costs for the last couple months i was paying around 500 per month just for gas i thought this is stupid. So I wanted to find one of the most fuel efficient electric cars with range extender. I know we alberta s don't have any rebates but i figure just the daily drive back and forth to the office is going to save me a around 200 a month as i can just use electric as it is 50km round trip.

Just wondering if there any other alberta, saskatchewan or any other volt drivers out there and if they could provide any info experiences what i am getting myself into.
 

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Bought 2017 Volt LT + Comfort Pkg on Nov 02,2016 -Big Island Hawaii-nearly 10K miles and happy with much electric useage.Recharge at home (solar/batts.)and suggest: Moderate driving at reasonable speeds will indicate much higher than expected electric miles available.Of course Winter temps.will affect that.Generally use HOLD mode for return trip to home(uphill)to minimize impact on home charging facilities,otherwise would likely be all electric operation.Car handles well,smooth acceleration and comfortable front seats(only seats normally used).VOLT was most suitable car for need.Enjoy !
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Welcome to the Cult of Volt! Here are your robes and Kool-aid. All I can say about the Volt in Canada is that you'll likely experience 'ERDTT' more (engine running due to temperature), and you should set up your car for charging during off-peak if you're billed for time-of-use.
 

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Welcome to the club! We have a good amount of Canadian owners here, I'm sure some will be posting here shortly. :)

Like others have mentioned, the engine will run with charge left in the battery on very cold days, i.e. less than 35F or 15F depending on how the vehicle is configured. (It's called Engine Running Due To Temperature or ERDTT for short) Without this engine running, even on colder winter days (when you are getting less range due to heater usage, etc.) you would likely still have enough battery to make the entire 50km trip gas free.

To maximize the days that you can make the trip without the engine running due to colder temperatures, you can change your setting in the Config Menu. I believe it is called Engine Assisted Heating and if you set that to "Deferred" the engine will only run with battery charge remaining when it is colder than 15F rather than colder than 35F, giving you some more gas-free driving days.

As an aside, for people that would use more than the whole battery on their commute, leaving the higher temperature ERDTT setting is better. It lets the waste heat of the engine be used to heat you instead of the battery's energy, which saves the battery juice for more range, getting better efficiency overall despite the engine running a bit more.
 

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We found highway speeds over 90kmh will reduce your range but at 50km round trip you may be just fine.
Right now the guessometer says I have about 105 km range but it will dip into the 70s on the highway. We got ours in early April and the range was in the mid 80s as it was still rather cold.

It will be fun!
 

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Manitoba user. Did a highway speed trip of about 85 km on Saturday. Four people & moderate A/C. Still had 10 km left!
 

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I am a new Alberta Volt owner in St. Albert. I bought my 2018 Cajun Red Premier with black leather, Navigation and Bose second hand in Kamloops with 15,000 km last month from a private party who getting a divorce. Got it for 20 grand less than I could have from a local dealer. It is our 6th hybrid or electric car. The family history 2001 Prius, 2005 Honda CVT, 2006 Ford Escape, 2007 Plug In Prius Hymotion conversion (still have it), 2012 Mitsubishi I-Miev (all electric) just sold it, and now a 2018 Chevrolet Volt. I am still trying to figure out the option on this car and how they work. Glad to see there is a way to turn off the engine because it is annoying that it wants to run at -2 C. We drove the I-miev right down to -35. We know the batteries can take that temperature and not lose capacity over time. So why is the VOLT running at these warm temperatures, I wonder what GM would do with a BOLT with no gas engine to run,... I just have to figure out where the configuration menu is. Thanks for the tip.


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