Let's see pictures and hear stories of owner's experiences of Volts. (or of owner's you know)
I'll start with a Real Estate Appraiser in Eugene, Oregon.
Meet Frank Calciano of Calciano Associates in Eugene (also part time musician in a local band)
Put in his order two years ago and just took delivery a week ago Friday. First actual Volt to be sold in Eugene (not a demo or brought in from out of state and sold as used)
First experience? Dealer did NOT charge the car at time of delivery so he drives it home on gas.
Background on Frank's preparation. At his home in Southwest Hills (Eugene), he's got 110 voltage connection in the garage plus a 220 volt set up for quicker charging.
At his office in Eugene, he has another 220 volt charging area set up to extend his range as he has quit an area to cover for appraisals (Corvallis to Roseburg)
He's approached this over the past two years in a serious manner and has done his homework.
Flash forward to the first evening. Car is stored in garage and plugged in........charging commences.
Well, not really. On the dash, there is a light that is supposed to be solid green when charging.
He gets amber.
Go to owner's manual "possible utility interruption by OnSTAR"
No charging happens.
**comments from Frank as of 10/17:turns out this was a one time problem and all that was needed was a reboot. Onstar communication was just a sideshow at that moment
In the morning, move the car outside under gas power and establish phone linkup.I like the posting of the Volt. Aparrentlly the On Star was not fully setup in the first couple of days having do with registration and password setup. Anyway it works now. Have driven 233 miles of 266 total miles on electricity.
**edit.... realize now that ON Star is simply a cell signal. He has really poor cell reception at his house... so moving the car gained just enough signal to make the hookup to talk to the onstar people.
On star people are ticked that the dealer didn't charge the car. Tells Frank to reboot the whole car and start over. (just like a computer)
Charging happens over the next 4 hours.
**The crutches. Frank is also a gungho baseball player. Slide into 3rd base (or home, I can't recall) and broke his fibula a couple weeks before the car arrived.... Doesn't keep him out of the driver's seat, though)
Fran Calciano and son Dennis size up to the realization that there isn't much trunk space. (She remarks how she's glad she has her Honda Odyssey )
Frank let me take it for a spin out thru the wine country of Eugene with 4 of us onboard.
Car is low to the ground.... handles well (wide profile tires and suspension is well damped).
......really quiet at speed
Lots of torque and hill climbing around Eugene is effortless on battery power.
Charged up in about 5 hours on 220
****update on the whole onstar thing****
you don't need onstar to charge the car.
I'll try to explain what happened.
Frank hadn't really set up the onstar yet since he just got the car. This and somehow the car locked onto "no charge status"
When the charging didn't happen, one of the explanations in the owner's manual was that onstar was delaying the charging "utility interruption was the way they put it" to wait for a more economical time. Something about getting the best charging rates from the local utilities.
But mostly this was two fold. Once the onstar connection was made and he talked to them and the reboot occured the next day, charging was good to go. All very strange indeed for the first time out.
So, no... you can charge without onstar being on ( it was just confusing that night to figure out why no charging and he wasn't able to contact onstar for questions.)
Since then, charging has been occuring without a hitch and certainly no more indications of "possible utility interruptions" from the light display of solid amber.
Solid green all the way