Update from Frank Calciano as of today, Oct 17:
I like the posting of the Volt in the VW Vortex thread. 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.
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Originally Posted by Harry S. Truman
I have been really impressed by this vehicle and it's approach to electric driving. I hope that it does well and expands to other types of platforms (wagon, coupe, pick up). I'm glad to see that the new owners are liking it as well.
I've also only seen two Volts in the wild up here in Portland which seems weird since this is one of the most eco-minded cities. Perhaps we didn't get very many of the first production run. I have seen at least a dozen Leafs (Leaves ???) on the roads around here though.
S.A. has its first Volt owner
Engineering designer sees electric car as the next step after his Toyota Prius.
By Tracy Idell Hamilton
Published 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Don Heihn is the first Chevy Volt owner in San Antonio. By JENNIFER WHITNEY/ special to the Express-News
Don Heihn long has embraced new technology and energy efficiency.
In the early 1980s, he bought a Commodore VIC 20, one of the first personal computers. More recently, he installed solar panels on his roof. Until last month, he drove a hybird, the Toyota Prius.
Now, the engineering designer is the first person in San Antonio to own a Chevrolet Volt, General Motors Co.'s award-winning plug-in electric car, which went on sale last month in a handful of markets.
Heihn bought his in Austin — San Antonio Chevrolet dealers don't expect their first Volts until March.
“I think electric cars are the future,” Heihn said, standing between his silver Volt and a primer-gray MG Midget that he and a friend are converting into an electric car.
He sees the Volt as the next logical step after the Prius, which he described as a gas engine with an electric assist.
“The Volt is the opposite: an electric engine with a gas assist,” he said. “The gas doesn't come on 'til the battery is depleted.”
He offered a quick test ride, punching the “Sport” button on the sleek white center console to show off the sedan's get- up-and-go.
Then he floored it. The car accelerated so quickly a reporter's head bounced back against the black fabric seat.
The only thing missing? The sound of a gunning engine as the Volt shot silently down the street.
Heihn, a ball cap shading his eyes, smiled.
Sporty it may be, but once the Midget is complete — he hopes by the end of the year — Heihn will drive that to work while his wife Connie drives the Volt. Both will be able to plug in at work, albeit into 120-volt plugs.
That's the voltage of most home plugs. In general, they're capable of recharging an electric car, but more slowly than a 240-volt outlet. Most homes have 240-volt outlets for washers and dryers, but not much else.
The Heihns will install a 240-volt charging station, which can repower the Volt's batteries in as few as four hours.
They'll get help from CPS Energy and the city of San Antonio, which will rebate 50 percent, up to $1,000, toward the cost of a 240-volt vehicle charger.
The city gave the utility $50,000, part of a U.S. Department of Energy stimulus grant, to distribute on a first-come, first-served basis. Heihn is one of three people so far who have contacted the utility about a rebate.
He's no stranger to CPS' extensive rebate program, which is aimed at encouraging renewable and energy-efficient technologies.
CPS rebated $16,000 for the 6 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels he's installed on his roof; he received another $500 back for upgrading his air-conditioning system.
He thinks installing the charger will cost about $2,000 before the rebate.
Martha Wolf, who has a charger installed but won't see her electric Nissan Leaf delivered for another three to seven months, said her charger cost closer to $3,000, partly because she had to upgrade her electrical panel.
“Everything I read says prices will come down,” said Wolf, who chose the Leaf because its 100-mile driving range means she could make her 60-mile daily commute without recharging.
“It's better for the environment, better for the country — we can't keep sending our money over to Dubai — and better for me, since the price of gas keeps going up.”
And while CPS will have little to worry about while electric cars are scarce, the utility knows it needs to spread the word about the best times to charge — and the worst.
The nightmare scenario is thousands of drivers plugging their cars in as soon as they get home from work, when the demand and cost of electricity are at their highest. On a smaller scale, many electric cars in one neighborhood, plugged in at the same time, could overload a single line, disrupting service to all.
“There are still huge issues to work out,” said Paul Barham, senior director of energy market operations at CPS. In the not-too-distant future, CPS will have the ability, thanks to smart meter technology, to offer time-of-use pricing, which will more accurately reflect CPS' cost per kilowatt hour at different times of the day.
Today, those amounts are averaged into one price for consumers. Barham believes the prospect of paying more at peak times will encourage customers to plug in later in the evening.
Another benefit to charging up at night: doing so means largely charging up on wind power, since West Texas wind, which makes up most of CPS' renewable portfolio, blows hardest at night.
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/ene...#ixzz1b4QgHaX9
“I wasn't trying to wreck him, I just wanted to rattle his cage.”... Dale EarnhardtOriginally Posted by porridgehead
It's interesting. In the green mecca that is Seattle, I see 5 Leafs for each Volt.
It's a shame, because I think the Volt is the far more practical alternative at the end of the day.
Seemed to be more of an even match in LA when I was there this past weekend.
I also saw my first Fisker Karma rolling silently past. It's looks like nothing else. EVERYONE stared at it.
VOLT DRIVERS FELIX KRAMER AND PATRICK WANG
http://www.cleanfleetreport.com/elec...hevrolet-volt/Felix Kramer and his wife Rochelle, in January, became the first couple to own and drive both a Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. A founder of CalCars, Felix has been a leading advocate for plug-in hybrids for 10 years. We all owe him a thank you for the accelerated development of electric cars. Being environmentally concerned, they have a “LEAF-first policy” to minimize use of gasoline.
On nine trips to Lake Tahoe, over 200 miles from their home, they drove the Volt. The extended range of the Volt provides for easy non-stop driving. With the LEAF, overnight stops would be needed for recharging. When driving his Volt on snow, the handling has been adequate, but that there is a big market for the first automaker to offer a plug-in vehicle with all-wheel drive for better traction. Felix also recommends that automakers provide better range management with clear display of the miles of each trip without need to reset the odometer and with clear state-of-charge display.
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“Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid.”
link in volt owner's forum
more on Patrick Wang's Volt
You've stumbled on the personal blog site of the Chevy Volt Enthusiast Patrick Wang(Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
I've test driven the Chevy Volt at Milford Proving Grounds and in San Francisco, participated in Volt focus groups, and was the subject of an at home Chevy Volt interview for General Motors. Check out my full behind the scenes experience of the trip that I won through the Wired Autopia Chevy Volt Video Challenge.
I am now the proud owner of the The 10th Chevy Volt, the first in the San Francisco Bay Area.The folks at Concord Chevrolet were kind enough to let me take the first drive of the car up to the service center (a whole 200 yards or so) where the Volt was queued up to be washed, detailed and ultimately put through a PDI or Pre-Delivery Inspection.
I was able to find out some interesting facts that might shed a little light if you are still waiting for your Volt to be delivered.
1.) Many Volts were shipped by Truck, especially the Launch Volts, however a good number also went by rail, which takes longer than truck delivery. This means if your Volt left the factory when it arrives at your dealer will depend if it went via rail or truck it would be hard to say exactly when it would be delivered. (Northern California was about the farthest delivery for a truck because they have to drive all the way south to avoid the winter weather, then turn west on the I-10 and come back north on I-5)
2.) When I started up the Volt to drive it 600 feet or so, the battery was depleted and there was minimal gas in the tank. (Pretty standard for any shipping process). Also, most dealers will not have a level 2 charging setup as they were primarily reserved for customers. This means that even after your Car is delivered, washed and tested, the dealer will have to put 10 hours’ worth of charge into your car. As such, I am picking up my Volt first thing Monday morning, even though it arrived Saturday Morning.
3.) My Volt was Vin #10. It happened to have 83 miles on it as new, which is more than most new cars. So you know how GM said they were doing “quality checks?” It gives you some reason to believe that they actually did more extensive testing on the launch units. If you think about it 83 miles is basically running down the battery all the way once and running for some period on extended range mode. (Anyone else notice this?)
4.) At 9:30 am Monday morning there will be a small media event at Concord Chevrolet to commemorate the First Volts to be delivered in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ll be there to receive my Volt.
5.) I heard Jay Leno got Volt Vin #13.
Originally Posted by Billy KeltonOriginally Posted by Tom Cotter
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mostly small stuff... Hitting the airdam due to lowness of car.
frayed cords on convenience 110 volt charger... (he was hanging it by the cord at work and no strain relief help
Chevy is dealing with a modification to the air dam
Still, after six months, early adopters have found a couple of small problems with the vehicle, and Chevrolet has moved aggressively to correct them.
The first problem quietly being addressed by General Motors is the design of the front air dam on the 2011 Volt. This flexible air dam is actually composed of three interlocking segments and the original design provides only about 4 inches of actual road clearance.
2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevy Volt, with charging station visible; photo by George ParrottClearly this improves the overall airflow under the car, but with such little road clearance, this original design
stock clearance and separation of air dam with contact on speed bumps and drivewaysscrapes on speed bumps and drags on even the slightest of inclines.
With continued scraping, the air dam segments separate, which leads to flapping noises at freeway speeds.
GM now offers a modified front air dam with greater clearance to any owner who finds that the original, extremely low design does not fit their driving circumstances.
Volt owners can contact their local Chevrolet dealer and simply ask for this modification. It will take about a week for the new air dam to arrive, and about 30 minutes to install at the dealership.
modified with new clearance
modified air dam no longer strikes ground so easily
"We're society's crowbar. They hate us, they never want to acknowledge the dirty jobs they give us to do, but when the job is done they never throw us away - they just slip us back in the toolbox until they need us the next time. And there will always be a next time."-Jim Hooper. Beneath the Visiting Moon: Images of Combat in Southern Africa
another volt forum user...
sounds as though they are performing as planned
My Volt #555 is performing very well. Have had no issues with recharge or heat in any way or form. Now have well over 3000 miles on the odometer with less than a tank of gas being used.