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Hi folks,

Just leased a Volt on Monday. Spent some time shopping around and trying to find the right car for me. I just kept coming back to the Volt. I assume I am not alone in just simply wanting great gas mileage, but without having to drive a Prius...haha.

I'll do my best to find information on here before asking or making threads, but just want to say hello!



 

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hope you guys don't mind a few questions.

what do you guys suggest for a windshield sunshade?



what ACTUAL MPGs do you guys see from gas only operation? i have yet to use mine and was just curious what other people are seeing.

thanks. :cool:
 

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Congrats on your new car ! The mpg on gas only is different, depending the type of driving. It goes from 35 mpg (80 mph driving) to 45 mpg (55 mph driving). From what I've seen here, the Gen 2 is usually at 41-43 mpg on gas only.
 

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hope you guys don't mind a few questions.

what do you guys suggest for a windshield sunshade?



what ACTUAL MPGs do you guys see from gas only operation? i have yet to use mine and was just curious what other people are seeing.

thanks. :cool:
We have a 2016 Volt Premier. Just on gasoline (87 octane regular) overall average for 7,000 miles of gas only operation is 45.5 mpg, this is improving as recently on a long trip I have been seeing 55 +mpg on gas, when calculated by miles driven and gal's of gas used. This is mostly with speeds on Highway 101 from 60 mph to 25 mph when going through several towns etc. The 2016-17 Volt's gas engine is quite fuel efficient....
 

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We have a 2016 Volt Premier. Just on gasoline (87 octane regular) overall average for 7,000 miles of gas only operation is 45.5 mpg, this is improving as recently on a long trip I have been seeing 55 +mpg on gas, when calculated by miles driven and gal's of gas used. This is mostly with speeds on Highway 101 from 60 mph to 25 mph when going through several towns etc. The 2016-17 Volt's gas engine is quite fuel efficient....
great information, thank you.

i will be driving 84 miles per day, without being able to charge, so i was curious as to what i could expect out of the gas motor MPGs.

my drive will mainly be 55-70 mph when using the gas engine only.
 

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At that range you can play games with hills. Put your route into http://maps.google.com and then copy and past the resulting URL into http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/profile_input to get an elevation profile for your commute. Even at the higher speeds if you can use the ICE engine on the downhills you'll improve your overall efficiency.

Or, you can do llninja's method - drive it like you stole it and not worry about it.
 

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Bought a couple things for the car today.

Mats



and Windshield Shade




before i catch any flack for the mats, let me say that i live in california and am aware that they aren't all that great for heavy rain/snow/dirt ect, but i buy rubber mats mainly to just protect the carpet and for ease of cleaning. also got them for a great deal on ebay for 80 dollars.
 

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Bought a couple things for the car today....before i catch any flack for the mats, let me say that i live in california and am aware that they aren't all that great for heavy rain/snow/dirt ect, but i buy rubber mats mainly to just protect the carpet and for ease of cleaning. also got them for a great deal on ebay for 80 dollars.
I have the same GM all-weather mats for the same reasons you stated. They work fine for our climate. If it were snow country, a different choice might be made. I've not bothered to get one for the cargo area yet.
 

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I have the same GM all-weather mats for the same reasons you stated. They work fine for our climate. If it were snow country, a different choice might be made. I've not bothered to get one for the cargo area yet.
yah, California isn't too harsh on the interiors... i figured they would treat me well.

the Volt got a detail and a fresh coat of wax before i head back to school next week. i bought this car because i have to commute to both school and work for the next two years. i figured i'd better get a solid coat on before i went back to having zero free time.

it needs a claybar treatment from sitting on the dealer lot for a while, but i didn't have the time or energy to do so over the last couple days. hopefully i can claybar it before the winter comes around.



 

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before i catch any flack for the mats, let me say that i live in california and am aware that they aren't all that great for heavy rain/snow/dirt ect, but i buy rubber mats mainly to just protect the carpet and for ease of cleaning.
Perfectly legitimate. I don't give Georgians crap for not buying winter tires either. The three days a year they could actually benefit from them, there's no place open to drive to anyway. ;)
 

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question for you guys about my electric range.

i have been driving it all week and am using on average 14.2-14.4 kW before the gas engine kicks in. is that normal? i have seen 49-51 miles of use before the gas kicks in. is the 3kW loss normal? as the car has a 18.4 kWh battery, i just found it odd.

average gas mileage so far has been 47ish, not too shabby!
 

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question for you guys about my electric range.

i have been driving it all week and am using on average 14.2-14.4 kW before the gas engine kicks in. is that normal? i have seen 49-51 miles of use before the gas kicks in. is the 3kW loss normal? as the car has a 18.4 kWh battery, i just found it odd.
Mine does about 14.3 - 14.4 as well. Lithium-ion batteries never want to be fully charged or fully discharged. So GM reserves some of the battery - both at high and low ends of the charge state to keep it healthy for a long time.

average gas mileage so far has been 47ish, not too shabby!
That is about right for a Gen 2 Volt too.
 

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question for you guys about my electric range.

i have been driving it all week and am using on average 14.2-14.4 kW before the gas engine kicks in. is that normal? i have seen 49-51 miles of use before the gas kicks in. is the 3kW loss normal? as the car has a 18.4 kWh battery, i just found it odd.

average gas mileage so far has been 47ish, not too shabby!
Yes, this is completely normal. While the battery is 18.4kWh you only get to use 14.x of it. The remainder is for the buffers at the top and bottom of charges.
 

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Congrats! I've got a 2015 on lease and have been really happy with it. $34,000 mi. so far. Am not sure if I should buy it out next summer at the end of my lease or replace it with a newer model.
 
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