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Hi all,

I've been lurking around here for a few weeks, and have learned a ton about this amazing car. This forum is a great resource!
I just put a down payment in on a 2017 kinetic blue premier, so I thought it was high time time to step out of the bushes and say hi! I am really excited to join the ev community, and track how little gas I use!
We live in upstate NY, Saratoga Springs to be exact, and my daily commute is about 15 miles rt so I foresee long stretches of time of not using the ice.

One interesting note: at the dealership yesterday the salesman told us that GM had just announced a brand new recall, and as such he couldn't even let the car off the lot until the parts come in and they can do the repairs. He was vague about specifics, but said it had something to do with the wheels. As the recall involves waiting for parts, he couldn't even give us a rough time line for delivery. Grrrrrr! I will call Monday and press him for details, and post an update here when I learn more.
 

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Welcome to America's best kept automotive secret. I'm sad to hear that they aren't letting you take the car home just yet, that must be frustrating. This recall on wheels seems new, but I just replaced 2 wheels with cracks on them - not GMs fault, I added aftermarket 18 inch rims and rubber bands for tires, so I need to be more careful at avoiding potholes and big bumps.

Enjoy the ride, when you finally get it.
 

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Thanks llninja, the delay is going to drive me nuts, but I know it will be worth the wait. In the mean time I can keep myself occupied in this wonderful forum!
 

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Thanks llninja, the delay is going to drive me nuts, but I know it will be worth the wait. In the mean time I can keep myself occupied in this wonderful forum!
I had to wait overnight to get my vehicle financing in place, so I downloaded the owner's manual and read it in anticipation. You should be able to find in at chevrolet.com. Most owners manuals are useless, but this car is so different, it's a good idea to read about all the features (remote start, remote all-windows-down, automatic locks, gps enabled charging).

I'd also highly recommend getting a level 2 EVSE or look into the ChrisTX pigtail to plug your existing 110v EVSE (charge cord) into 240v. The 4-5 hour charging times from empty are well worth it.

While I'm at it, I'll reincarnate an old signature I used to use with most of the answers you need for the car. You have to supply the questions

Answers:
-Premium, gas & model (gen1 only)
-Don't freeze, use heat
-If you had to ask, get an electrician
-It does that
-Ally isn't your ally
-Power off, fixes itself
-ClipperCreek, VoltShelf, VoltScreen, antibuffeting kit, PlastiDip, GM Card
-$7.5K off tax owed
-L2 EVSE is liberating
-Don't provoke Elemental or DogMom
-Repeat: Don't provoke Elemental or DogMom
-81.8 mi - Ari C
-It drops when cold
-Slow down, it goes farther
-Don't push twice while moving
 

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Thanks for all this guys. I will be able to charge at work on 240V, so I am going to see how it goes for a couple of months before deciding whether or not to wire in a 240V outlet in the garage. However I do like that, with an adapter, the existing EVSE can do either.
Love the old sig llninja!
 

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An alternate choice to LLninja's recommendation is to use the existing EVSE with a dongle to plug into 240 volts for a 5.5 hour recharge for a completely empty battery:

http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?218442-Gen2-Volt-EVSE-conversion-to-L2-L1-combo-DONE!&highlight=chris

Read all of the postings to get the most wisdom. Sounds like you will have the time to digest it all before you will need to charge your car.
That's why the Ninja said "look into the ChrisTX pigtail".
 

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Thanks for all this guys. I will be able to charge at work on 240V, so I am going to see how it goes for a couple of months before deciding whether or not to wire in a 240V outlet in the garage. However I do like that, with an adapter, the existing EVSE can do either. Love the old sig llninja!
So I live just 60 minutes south of you in Dutchess. I used the 120v charger originally but on weekends when I often go out twice the 204v charge came in very handy if you are trying to use electric all the time so I did buy the clipper creek with a a dryer plug format for portability touse at other homes if needed. However if you dont see that use or you can go out twice on one charge, no reason to get the 240v charger. Its really a personal choice. I use electric about 90% of all my driving since having my volt gen 1 for now some 4 years.
 

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So I live just 60 minutes south of you in Dutchess. I used the 120v charger originally but on weekends when I often go out twice the 204v charge came in very handy if you are trying to use electric all the time so I did buy the clipper creek with a a dryer plug format for portability touse at other homes if needed. However if you dont see that use or you can go out twice on one charge, no reason to get the 240v charger. Its really a personal choice. I use electric about 90% of all my driving since having my volt gen 1 for now some 4 years.
That's good info, thanks! How have you dealt with charging in colder weather? I noticed the manual says to keep it plugged in when temps drop below 30f, which is a solid 3 months here. Do you plug in nightly regardless of charge state?
 

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I'm also new to volts, 2 months now, and my rule is......if not driving it, it's plugged in :)
 

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That's good info, thanks! How have you dealt with charging in colder weather? I noticed the manual says to keep it plugged in when temps drop below 30f, which is a solid 3 months here. Do you plug in nightly regardless of charge state?
The only time mine is unplugged at home is if there is a thunderstorm coming through. Leave it plugged in all the time.
 

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An update to my first post: I had a long conversation with my salesperson yesterday, and between that and some amazing info from WopOnTour (who is an astounding fount of information btw) in another thread, I know more about the "recalls". The first is 17197, which is a service update dealing with with an AC hose possibly rubbing against another hose. Not really a recall per se, more like a "get it dealt with the next time the car is in the shop for other reasons" issue.
The other is a drive shaft inspection that pertains to a limited number of 2017 VINs that remain on dealer lots.
So, I pick up my new car Friday morning, which can't come soon enough! I don't think I've ever been more excited to get a car, new or used! I will post a pic when it's in my hands.
 

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I have had my 2017 Volt since the April 5 and no recalls no problems. Are you getting the car from Northstar in Clifton Park? If so please let me know if they still have my red 2015 Volt that I traded in... Just curious, it is a great car that deserves a good home.
 

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I have had my 2017 Volt since the April 5 and no recalls no problems. Are you getting the car from Northstar in Clifton Park? If so please let me know if they still have my red 2015 Volt that I traded in... Just curious, it is a great car that deserves a good home.
Yep, Northstar. Working with David Fletcher. I will take a peek Friday and see if there are any red volts on the lot.
 
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