“So what?” you might ask.
Well, here’s the thing: it was the first gas we’d bought in a whole year – and after driving 6269 km (3895 miles).
Inspired partly by my father-in-law’s electric trike, we purchased our plug-in hybrid (a Chevy Volt) in the first week of November 2015. Before we took it home the dealer filled the gas tank, but until a few weeks ago we’d barely touched it – running solely on electricity about 98% of the time.
(In case you’re wondering about the gas getting stale: our car switches automatically to an engine-powered mode when its gas is close to a year old, in order to use it up. Once you replace it with fresh gas, you’re back on electric.)
Depending on the season, a full charge gives us a range of about 90 to 100 km (55-62 miles), with another 600+ km (372 mi) available if we choose to run on gas. But we seldom do.
If we were commuting we’d likely install a 240-volt charging station, but so far we’ve had no need. The 110-volt plug provides ample power for our driving needs, and according to our electricity bills, the car has added less than 50 cents per day to our energy costs over the past year.
Our fill-up last week took 31 litres (8.34 US gal) at a total cost of $36.90 for the year. In terms of gas mileage, that works out to 467 mpg – not bad at all, especially considering most of our driving was on short trips.
We’re not fully unplugged from the fossil fuel economy, I admit. But I’m happy knowing that we’re a lot further from it than we were a year ago.
This post was not solicited by GM or any of its dealers.