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2014 Gas Range

6471 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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I can say that with a 270 mile trip, you should easily make that on one tank. I've taken the drive from here to Vegas which is right around the 300 mile mark and arrived close to empty, but not entirely (low fuel w/15 miles battery left due to MM). I will admit, I was a bit disappointed in that figure, but my car also has about 73K gas miles and no history or engine maintenance other than regular oil changes. I recently replaced the plugs in it and although they looked practically new, I feel better. I will be doing that drive again this weekend and am looking forward to the comparison. I think the original 350 mile estimate didn't take into account sustained 70-75 mph drives which do have a noticeable affect on mileage.
Yes, 70-75 mph will kill your range. Doing the same trip at 55-65 will yield more range, but gas is relatively cheap, and you definitely don't want to be a laggard on some of our nation's highways where people might run you down, give you strange looks, and share finger gestures.
Absolutely. And in the case of the drive on I-15 into Vegas, 70-75 still gets a fair number of angry drivers behind you, even in the right lane, But, the plus side is, a full tank is usually around $20 anyway, so saving a buck or two just to get a few extra miles of range isn't always worth the angry horn blowing from the guy who can't wait to go blow his vacation money at the blackjack table.
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