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2014 Gas Range

6472 Views 17 Replies 9 Participants Last post by  BrodyWhite
I recently purchased a 2014 Volt. The battery seems to work fine however I don't think I have seen its full potential being that here in KC, MO we are in the dead of winter. When fully charged it estimates 31 miles. I am hoping that estimation it higher with warmer weather however the battery could have degraded some too. A bigger concern I have is the gas range. When researching I always saw 38 miles for battery and ~345 miles for gas with premium fuel. Unfortunately even with premium fuel my estimated gas range is 200-215 miles. That is a serious loss of miles. I was expecting a range comparable to my previous traditional ICE Hyundai Sonata but I am losing about 100 miles. Has anyone else experienced this? Could something be wrong? Does the ICE lose range in the winter too? Does the range estimation provided not factor in mpg well enough to calculate a 345 mile range?
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The mileage estimates are based off of recent trips. You'll find if you actually take a long trip, your estimated miles will decrease a lot slower than your driven miles.
Also, relatively short runs are bad for efficiency of the gas engine. Again, if you drive a long distance, you will likely get many more miles than the prediction.
Basically it is running in ERDTT 80% of the time lately and all I take is short trips living in the city so I am making the estimate drop pretty drastically with those driving habits. It probably also didn't help that when loaning/test driving the car for a few days I ignorantly filled it up with regular fuel which probably threw off the estimates.
ERDTT is 90% of the drop in estimated range. I have seen my estimated range drop to as low as about 150 miles on a full tank. However, after driving 100 miles, I looked down and noticed the estimate was now at 120 miles.
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