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2014 Volt - REduced EV range

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Hi all
I'm new here and this is my first post.
I bought a used 2014 Volt in June and imported it to Iceland, Europe. When I got it the EV range was around 40 miles. In the beginning of October the range started to gradually degrade and is now 26 miles. Has anyone experienced something like this? Can I somehow check the battery cell status myself? Since it's imported from the US I'm not sure the local dealer is willing to help. The car is kept inside overnight so it's not because of the colder weather.
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The car is kept inside overnight so it's not because of the colder weather.
Unless you're driving inside as well, the ambient temp is going to be a part of it. Anything below 16C will use more energy than above.
The car may start at say, 20C, but driving outside it will cool off to ambient. And is it parked in a heated garage at work? If not, the drive home will use more energy.
See post below:
Yes, drop in range is normal due to the colder weather. 20-26 miles is what I am seeing in my 2013 already. Below about 14 celcius is when it starts to really happen. Between 3 celcius and 10 celcius is the worst for range.
14 is just under the battery heat threshold, so no surprise.
3-10 will be using a lot of battery heat (plus probably some cabin heat?), so again, no surprise

And on top of that, did you top up the tires?
I already gave mine a good top up since summer and they're a little low on those single digit mornings. Need to do another.

You got your car at peak range season, so unfortunately, the largest shock is yet to come.
I bought mine in late winter/early spring, so I knew what a healthy middle point was, then experienced the high, and the low.
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