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I charge at home, charge at work, level 2 both places (installed by me)
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Love my Volt!
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This includes mostly local driving but also several trips in the 600-1000 mile range.
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May 05, 2014 - 01:47 PM
The best that I have done in my 2012 Volt in warm weather, driving carefully (no quick starts, gradual stops to maximize regeneration, smooth accelerations and decelerations, top speed around 55 MPH, air conditioning in Eco mode) was 55.4 miles.
I always get more than 40 miles in warm weather, sometimes more. Winter can be as low as 30. So the 35 miles advertised by Chevy is an average, for average (not careful) driving.
On longer trips, if you will be on the highway primarily, first, then local/city/rural driving later, you can also boost overall mileage by forcing the gas generator to come on for the higher speed highway driving and then using the battery-only for the lower speed part of the trip (in 2013 & newer Volts, there is a "hold" mode, older Volts can do something similar by using "Mountain Mode" which reserves a big chunk of battery and makes the generator kick in when there is only about 12 miles of battery left). The battery drive is most efficient in the 30-40 MPH range, so if you reserve it for any part of a longer trip that is primarily slower speed, you get better combined mileage.
With Volts, at least, you can also see the "fleet" averages for those drivers who allow their OnStar info to be pumped over to Voltstats.net (where some of the screen shots above showing mileage stats were taken). If you visit that site, you can see overall averages (regardless of how often people charge, how far they commute, how they drive, etc.).
The beauty of the Voltec drive (now in Volts and Cadillac ELRs) is that you don't really have to worry about the battery range (so-called "range anxiety"), The Voltec seemlessly makes its own electricty when needed, as long as there is gas in the tank to run the generator. I have gone on trips 600 miles one way with no possible place to recharge and no need to stop longer than to refill the 9.7 gallon gas generator tank.
May 05, 2014 - 01:49 PM
Here are the key factors in getting really good range on the Chevy Volt
* Ambient Temperature. Outside temperature has a huge impact on range due to thermal battery management. Sweet spot is 70-85F
* Speed. The faster one goes, the worse the range. I drive mostly on local roads, so my range is 40+mi during the dead of winter and 50+ during the warmer months
* Driving style. Gradual acceleration and use of regen breaking improves range quite a bit. Use L gear for high regen.
* Terrain. Climbing hills has a negative impact on range where going down hills can add range through regen
* Climate Control. Comfort heat can eat use up the battery range faster than anything. Use ECO or fan only for improved range. I drive without heat in the winter to drive 100% EV