The self-charging Chevy Volt youtube video shows a parked 2012 Volt recharging in 15 minutes using 0.36 gallons of gas from fully depleted to the Mountain Mode-maintained state of charge when switched from Normal into MM. The video maker estimated it would take 40 minutes to fully recharge the battery, if allowed, so yes, it is much faster rate than a 4-hour L2 charging session. Math says a full recharge in this manner would use 0.8 gallons of gas, the price of which in many locations is more expensive than the at home cost of electricity for a full charge.It's surprising how quickly Mountain Mode gets it to 50% battery. Seems as fast or faster than 240v charging!
The chargepoint near my office charges $2 per hour for the first 4 hours then cranks up to $8 per hour thereafter, even if you are full. Financially, this makes no sense as a gallon of fuel is cheaper, BUT.... once my house is paid off an I don't have a payment in the world, I'll be wasting that money to the tune of about $160 per month to pay to be green. But at the moment, that $160 per month is going towards principal payments on the house to finish off the house in 8 years instead of 30.Well, to be fair, it makes more sense than paying $5 an hour to use a ChargePoint charger (one near me charges that much *rolls eyes*)
Yep. Sometimes have done that. Nothing wrong with it. Especially if you are on the highway on your commute. Just put it in MM until you get to stop and go traffic. I don't like running in ERM in town. I like the quiet of the EV.Makes no sense economically I know but if I haven't been near an outlet for a while sometimes I'll do that to get the quiet electric car ride for a while.
Exactly, use mountain mode before climbing up mountains. Use sport, normal, and hold modes all other times. Trying to use mountain mode to gain anything is a losing battle.I use mountain mode on long drives before going up a mountain. I assumed that is how it wants to be used. it can run the engine at the optimal speed for efficiency while adding the excess charge to the battery and still use the power to push it along.
Climbing a long steep mountain without causes the engine to be at full RPM the entire trip up the mountain, and just seems like it's wasting fuel. I could be wrong though.