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I've used more gas in my lawn mower this spring, that I have in our 2017 Volt after driving over 61xx miles. I think I've used a fraction over a GALLON.
 

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Nice!

I did the opposite. The next day after buying our 2017, 3 of us went up to see my daughter in college. 70-90 mph where appropriate, 480? mile round trip, had a blast.

Only recently did I get the Lifetime MPG to climb over 250+ (freeze point).
 

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First FMM will ruin that, no worries ;)
I was 99.9% until FMM hit. (ERDTT didn't count as 'gas' otherwise it would have dropped much sooner)
Now I do several 2.5h drives in the summer so down to ~95%.

Might do a 9000km road trip, so will be interesting to watch that plummet.
 

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The EREV solution is really the best. The downside is having an engine + battery pack reduces the amount of space available for passengers and cargo. Buyers want larger vehicles but, as seen with the CT6 hybrid, it's hard to find passenger and cargo space in a PHEV with decent range even in a larger footprint.
 

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The EREV solution is really the best. The downside is having an engine + battery pack reduces the amount of space available for passengers and cargo. Buyers want larger vehicles but, as seen with the CT6 hybrid, it's hard to find passenger and cargo space in a PHEV with decent range even in a larger footprint.
You're begging the question of what makes a solution the best.
 

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I've used more gas in my lawn mower this spring, that I have in our 2017 Volt after driving over 61xx miles. I think I've used a fraction over a GALLON.
P.S., I fixed this too, by buying a battery mower the summer after I bought my volt :)
 

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P.S., I fixed this too, by buying a battery mower the summer after I bought my volt :)
I'm looking at the Ego system. I like the fact they have a self-propelled mower and with COPD that's important.
 

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You've got to get one of these

https://www.ryobitools.com/electric-riding-mower/

It doesn't matter now small your lawn is or whether this is a good return on investment. It's the principle of you car using more fuel than your lawn mower at stake.
 

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You're begging the question of what makes a solution the best.
Obviously an EREV gives you as many EV miles as most BEVs and they also work just fine for road trips. BEVs simply aren't suitable for long trips. So EREVs are the only seamless solution at this point in time.
 

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recently gave a Ryobi 20 inch electric mower a try, had a good price at 299. Sadly I ended up returning it. First one exhibited a problem of running only 60 seconds before stopping. Would start right up again. The replaced the mower and the second showed the same issue but I isolated it to the 5a battery, the 3a battery worked fine. I just gave it back as I was tired of the hassel.

The ego looks good, the SP model has bigger battery and motor than the non SP model but its a bit expensive for what you get. I am looking at the Kobalt at Lowest next, 2x56v batteries but that are 2a which might be a downer
 

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I'm looking at the Ego system. I like the fact they have a self-propelled mower and with COPD that's important.
I have one. There's a lot to like about it. The 7.5 Ah battery lasts well longer than my B&D lead-acid ones. It kinda sucks at mulching if you let the lawn get too long (kinda hard to avoid in the spring).

It's very light weight, and the 21" blade is a nice feature, though it means having lower RPMs. Something about blade tip speed regulations. It doesn't bog in taller grass as it maintains the RPMs by applying more power.
 

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Follow up, this article shows the only 3 electric riding mowers available today in the US

http://todaysmower.com/__trashed/

mean green is the only w it's with mower decks big enough for what I need, but it costs as much as a compact car. The day someone comes up with 54" or bigger deck that isn't 5 figures, I'm in. Otherwise, it's probably going to be a JD 584 4 wheel steer as I just broke a belt on my zero turn, all 5 mowers are out of commission until I can get a new belt for the zero turn and figure out the runs-perfect-for-30-seconds-then-dies problem with the JD 345.

Edit: thanks Mister Dave for reminding me of the wonderment of the Internet. My Jd345 was made operational again with a quick compressed air squirt into the right hose to clear out a blockage in the carb. 1 working, 4 more to go - although one will be easy, a belt change. The other 3 will be more challenging. The oldest 345 needs to either get a new mower deck that has rusted, or we weld the heck out of it, add a new spindle, and add a new electric PTO to the mower. The 850 needs to have the engine and transmission split, the crank removed, honed and reinstalled with new bearing inserts. The 3032E with the 3 point 272 JD deck needs a new gear box, and Neither JD nor Curtis has one in stock any more, so I'm going to have to find someone with a good gearbox and ruined deck, or find a way to attach a 3rd party gearbox to the mower deck. Part of me wishes I didnt' find a job so quickly after losing my last one, I could use the down ten to catch up on some chores around the place - yet without a steady income, there'd be no extra cash to fund these hobbies.
 

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I use a calorie powered Montgomery Ward push mower. Got it free at a garage sale. Had to fix a broken blade knife adjustment bolt, grease the gears, been mowing in silence ever since. That is, until the big field needs mowing. Then it's the ice-powered '59 Ferguson TO-35.
 

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The Volt is great, I love being able to put about 8000 EV miles a year out of 9 or 10,000 total miles, and drive a 500 mile road trip with no thought of charging.

I went to St Louis last week and a Bolt EV wouldn't have cut it, nor would I have wanted to mess with a Tesla for that trip, it would have been cutting the range uncomfortably close. If I had one of those a bus could have worked instead.
 

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For a minute there, BAZINGA, I thought you had suffered some catastrophic Volt-related failure and were abandoning it. The sarcasm wasn't conveyed well through the thread title. WHEW.

Time to buy a herd of sheep to do your lawn mowing.
They also do on-demand mowing but I think it costs more (like $75 with a week's notice).
 

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For a minute there, BAZINGA, I thought you had suffered some catastrophic Volt-related failure and were abandoning it. The sarcasm wasn't conveyed well through the thread title. WHEW.



They also do on-demand mowing but I think it costs more (like $75 with a week's notice).
Sorry about that. Fact is I love our 3rd Volt even more than I did the first two. My 2017 has been 100% FLAWLESS with ZERO issues. That is until some asshole in an F150 opened his door into the side of her and now I have to have the entire right rear door panel repaired and repainted to the tune of $350. Am trying to live with the GOUGE, but it's hard when the rest of the car is so PERFECT.

Can you tell I love our Volt........
 
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