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2013 Volt....Should I be concerned with a full charge level of 28 miles. I live in eastern Pennsylvania, temperature above 30 degrees on average. I get 40+ miles in the Summer. I understand there is a variation in charge levels. What type of diagnosis can I request from the dealer to see if there is a problem.
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Are you actually going 28 EV miles before switching over to gas, or is it just the "estimate" and you don't actually deplete the battery regularly? It's not unusual to get a low estimate when cold, HVAC on, etc.
 

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That is a typical range for a gen1 Volt in winter weather. In really cold weather it may dip down to the low 20s. Mine is about the same with low 40s at night.

It will go back up as soon as the temperature does.
 

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That's not a problem. It's common for the weather to kill 20-30% of the estmated range shown. Batteries REALLY don't like to be cold! That, plus everything else - higher rolling resistance in the tires, higher friction and viscosity in all the moving parts, etc. Also, running the heater off the battery cuts the EV range FAST. It's all adding up to give you what you're seeing.

The EV range gauge is like the "Distance to Empty" on a gasser - it's never the same twice, and lower in the winter. It's just more noticeable when you're dealing with 20-40 miles than with 350-500.

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That is a typical range for a gen1 Volt in winter weather. In really cold weather it may dip down to the low 20s. Mine is about the same with low 40s at night.

It will go back up as soon as the temperature does.
Yep, it's normal. When I have a lot of short trips with heavy heater use, I can get as little as 15 miles on a charge. Your Volt is fine! :)
 

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2013 Volt....Should I be concerned with a full charge level of 28 miles. I live in eastern Pennsylvania, temperature above 30 degrees on average. I get 40+ miles in the Summer. I understand there is a variation in charge levels. What type of diagnosis can I request from the dealer to see if there is a problem.
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The range estimate is not a meter. Look at the battery icon, if it has 10 bars lit, you have a full charge. Your range estimate will return in the spring.
 

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Check the leaf screen. If your '13 is around 10.4 to 10.6kwh used on a full discharge, there is nothing for a service dept to check.
 

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With new Volt owners joining almost everyday, this question gets asked almost daily. Maybe we need to fix a banner addressing this issue to each page.

COLD WEATHER KILLS RANGE?
 

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Normal. Mine shows 40km (25 mi) when fully charged, usually about 66km (41 mi) in the summer. Still getting the same 10.3 kWh per charge that I did 4 years ago.
 

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Thank you for your assistance. I kinda new what to expect. I was just hoping that there was something to increase the charge.
Winter weather is a B. Thanks again!
 
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