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Own two Volts:

2013 bought used a bit over two years ago - still gets about 40-44 miles range on nice days; and
2017 bought new a bit less than two years ago - about 60-63 miles range on nice days (got 72 miles one time and 70 another).

One L2 (cheap ebusbar off Amazon, worked fine for 18 months) and 2 OEM L1 EVSE at home. Solar at home. Can both charge at work (and need to as we live in the boonies and have 30 and 40 mile one way commutes in opposite directions, respectively.)

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New on forum, read many times.

Own two Volts:

2013 bought used a bit over two years ago - still gets about 40-44 miles range on nice days; and
2017 bought new a bit less than two years ago - about 60-63 miles range on nice days (got 72 miles one time and 70 another).

One L2 (cheap ebusbar off Amazon, worked fine for 18 months) and 2 OEM L1 EVSE at home. Solar at home.
Oh, tell us about that solar part a bit. We love hearing about batteries and efficiency ratios...
 

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4.7 kW system. We oversized the inverter and wiring to easily double that to 9.4kW at some point before the tax credit sunsets next year.

Our billing is terrible as we are on a rural co-op that is exempt from the state's net metering law (and I think it is even one of the worst for co-ops in the state.) Basically, if we use the power on site at the time it is generated (i.e. if it doesn't make the meter spin) we are fine and it just offsets with power we would have purchased. If we over produce at any point (i.e. make the meter spin backwards), we get slightly less than $0.03 a kWh credit from the co-op. (We pay around $0.10 a kWh to the co-op for what they deliver.) With charging the cars and shifting usage to daytime as much as possible, we are able to use about 70% of our generation up and only sell back 30%. Before or shortly after we put on the second half of the panels, a battery system would be very useful to avoid selling power back at the terrible rates. At this point, we are just investigating and talking to our installer about battery systems. It is going to be a balancing act to juggle the tax credit sunset and falling battery prices.
 
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