And I'll keep my cheapo Dodge Grand Caravan before I'll blow big
dollars for that limited range "experimental" Volt. It might have a
place but it sure won't be up here in Canada. Its too damned cold for
practical use unless they put in one humongous battery and make it a
one person car.
On 11/13/2010 6:35 PM, email@example.com wrote:
A few notes from GM... No argument with your figures.
Note that the engine will kick in before it gets at 30%. Under normal
conditions the battery will never need more than 80% charge, or 12.8kWHr
+ conversion losses
Chevy claims about 200WHr/mile. That would be about .03 + charging
losses of about 10%, I think. About $0.033.
What real life actually is, is unknown. They claim about 50mpg
running on the internal engine, so an effective mpg of almost 100mpg at
$3/gas seems withing striking range.
Save me the trouble of researching this elsewhere.
Is the Volt an electric car that happens to carry around an engine-
generator set? Or is it a plug-in hybrid?
Yes, I know technically former would also be a type of plug-in hybrid but
what I mean is whether the propulsion is all-electric and the engine ONLY
makes electricity when needed or whether when it's running it drives the
car with a mechanical connection into the transmission just as is the case
with the Ford and Toyota hybrid systems.
PS: I'm betting when all-electric cars like the Leaf hit the market some
people are going to be doing aftermarket modifications to add gen-sets to
them to extend the range and prevent strandings.
This is all very simple.
My wife buys all my clothes.
If she didn't, I'd go buy them.
If she buys me something I don't like, I don't wear it.
Now she knows what I won't wear.
So she buys what I like.
It all works out.
My "look" is Salvation Army work clothes.
That makes it real easy for her.
Only clothing I bought myself in decades is coveralls.
A man's got to know his coveralls.
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