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Posted 23 February 2011 - 09:26 AM

It doesn't matter which plug. It heats up at the same rate regardless.

It's ready to go in about 5 minutes.

Posted 23 February 2011 - 08:24 AM

Trying to heat the car from freezing will drain your battery pretty quick. The Volt user manual even says to use the heated seats because it takes less energy than fully heating the whole cabin. However, because you can pre-heat the car while still plugged in, you can get the cabin to a comfortable temperature while still on the grid and then the car can maintain that temperature much more efficiently when on the road.


That is cool. How long does it take to heat up while on the 120v plug?

Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:58 PM

Interesting you should mention preheating the car because Inside Line just posted about heating draining the battery but it appears they, or at least this certain writer, don't know how to preheat the cabin.


Trying to heat the car from freezing will drain your battery pretty quick. The Volt user manual even says to use the heated seats because it takes less energy than fully heating the whole cabin. However, because you can pre-heat the car while still plugged in, you can get the cabin to a comfortable temperature while still on the grid and then the car can maintain that temperature much more efficiently when on the road.

Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:30 PM

This would be perfect for the wife and her short trips.

Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:27 PM

Interesting you should mention preheating the car because Inside Line just posted about heating draining the battery but it appears they, or at least this certain writer, don't know how to preheat the cabin.

Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:12 PM

Day 4 with the Volt:
22 miles driven
21 EV miles
So little gas used that it didn't register on the meter.
Trip computer says 212mpg for the day.
77.5 mpg since the Volt was dropped off.

The regenerator kicked on when I first left because it was only 19 degrees outside.

Awesome thing about the Volt is that you can Remote Start it while it's in your garage and plugged in to warm up the seats and interior without draining your EV miles.

Posted 22 February 2011 - 05:50 PM

Ally will give you a 0% loan for $7500 until tax time.

Cool, didn't know that. But I still want to know the sales cap on the tax credit. It seems it was only available to Toyota hybrid buyers until they hit 150k units.

Posted 22 February 2011 - 05:37 PM

I haven't kept up on things, how long does the tax credit on the Volt run? People keep calling it a $33 thousand dollar car when really its $40 grand with an end of year subsidy that's going to run out when GM hits the quota

Ally will give you a 0% loan for $7500 until tax time.

Posted 22 February 2011 - 04:53 PM

I haven't kept up on things, how long does the tax credit on the Volt run? People keep calling it a $33 thousand dollar car when really its $40 grand with an end of year subsidy that's going to run out when GM hits the quota

Posted 22 February 2011 - 04:47 PM

The Volt doesn't feel like an econobox. It looks like no other vehicle on the road, its doors close solidly with a thunk, and in electric mode, it provides for an unmatched smooth, silent driving experience. Consumers make decisions based on how much "value" they see in a vehicle beyond cost-per-mile, and to me, the Volt is easily worth its $33,500 price after incentives.

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