I bought a Chevrolet Volt recently.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Anorak, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    The 2013 gets you a little extra battery capacity, the hold button and in California the H.O.V. privileges. The hold button allows you to choose battery or gasoline operation.

    I really like it. So far my driving is about 70% electric and 30% gasoline. I have a 220 volt charger in my garage. I use the charger included with the car at my shop. It takes about 3.5 hours to recharge the battery with the portable charger after my 14 mile drive into Frisco. There are two settings for the included charger. The 2012 and 2011 have them on the charger. The 2013 is switched through the car's information display.
  2. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Thanks guys. Someone on Craigslist is making charging cords to plug into the house 220v dryer plug for $60. Hmm, maybe that doesn't sound so safe.:lol3 A website called Onestopshop is offering about $2300 in incentives if you buy through them plus the $4k for a 2013, bringing it down to $33k. Federal rebate of $7500 brings it to $25,500. About the same as a loaded Harley.:D Does California have a rebate program for the Volt?
  3. Lee C

    Lee C Been here awhile

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  4. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    I saw 2 volts on a single trip yesterday, it has just become another car and that's saying something good for sales.

    I'm seeing a few Leafs and Tesla model S's per week now too.
  5. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    The California incentive is $1500. About the charge cord, could you provide a link? I think it must be some sort of adapter. The price is far too low to be a charger. There is an upgrade to the included charger that converts it to 240 volt service and high current charging. The price is about $280 and the charger is no longer usable on 110 service.
  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Of course now that I'm looking for that cord, I can't find it. I'll keep looking. Did you have to pay luxury tax on the car?
  7. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    No luxury tax.
  8. Tom48

    Tom48 Been here awhile

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    My concern is what will be the resale value of a Volt?
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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Time will tell.
  10. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    I drove from Oakland to Los Altos and the to S.F. today on the range extender only and averaged 39 mpg over 80 miles without any real effort to maximize fuel economy. A mix of driving with freeway, stop and go, urban and varying grades.

    I saw six Tesla model S, five Leaves, a couple Volts and one punk ass Prius plug in during the drive.
  11. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    Six Tesla S' - in Silicon Valley (Los Altos)? Probably the tip of the ice-berg for down there. I see a reasonable number of new Tesla S's in SF-OAK-Berkeley, certainly many more than any sort of national average. I am thinking people who previously bought and drove Prius's actually had more money than they were letting on and now that they've paid their "eco dues" with a Prius they can step-out with a Tesla. I think they actually drive one to your house for a test drive. My zip code qualifies, but if they want to see my W2, they'll soon be silently speeding off.
  12. Anorak

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    Six Tesla model Ses as I drove from Oakland to Los Altos and then to Frisco. I didn't count my neighbor's Roadster or model S.
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    John E Been here awhile

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    Guy in the film special effects biz that I work with occasionally has both too. Loves em both too.

    He drove the roadster to a Mazda commercial I worked on last year, the director drove up in his mid engine Audi R8 and wanted to know who the show off with the Tesla was...;^)
  14. chazbird

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    When I saw photo's of the Tesla S I thought it very, very well done. In person, not quite as much, but very well done for sure. I think maybe because it took about 3-4 years of lead time from concept to hitting the road that styling from other car companies sort of encroached, but I'm not sure. It is pretty great that a start-up has arguably the best EV car by far. I believe they are developing a 30k or so model next. Its a very clever strategy I think. Start out with the roadster, show that a electric car actually can perform. Then the S, and show its comfy, luxurious, good looking, and has legs. This creates a certain aspiration that the cars are desirable as cars, not electric modules. As they scale out they can then afford to use economy of scale to market a more affordable EV car. Tesla isn't an assured success, but if they started out with a Leaf type car as their first they probably wouldn't have made it this far.
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    McCormack Cronkite of CSM

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    I just saw a Tesla S here on the highway in NH. Nice looking car, and a lot larger than I expected.
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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Los Altos/Palo Alto is where the Tesla HQ is. I see a lot of them there.
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    chazbird Long timer

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    They build Tesla's in the old GM-Toyota Numi plant in Fremont, another south bay hot spot for them - the plant that spat out Corolla's & Nova gen II's, and before Toyota came to town, Camaro's and other finery. Apparently not so much a haunted house.
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    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Likely true.
    I sold a lot of Prius' to very well off people .
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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Looks like the 2014 will be $5k less. As for the charging cord on CL, it was for a welder. I think I was looking for a welder at that time and came across it. Sucks getting old.:D
  20. Retro

    Retro Just the Facts Ma'am Super Moderator

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    That's not going to do anything good for the resale value of those cars already on the road. :lol3