I am definitely *not* a "naysayer" (I love my Volt!), but 35 miles on a charge is about all that I can expect. I've done as bad as 23 miles (cold day; heat on) and as high as 40.7 (warm day, no accessories) on a charge. On gasoline, I have done between 25 MPG (in town, fooling around with mountain mode) and 33 MPG (loaded, mountain pass, 70 MPH). I am planning a summer vacation that involves longer distances and less mountains, so I am hoping to get better gas mileage.My Volt continues to amaze me. While naysayers use a 35 mile battery range, I'm getting 50's even with expressway driving thrown in.
I know my lifetime 131 MPG (over 16000 miles) is low compared to some, but my Volt has 60 mile workday commutes with no charging opportunity. So I'm actually quite happy to be getting even that.
And then I have to remind myself that 131 MPG is actually quite fantastic. Just look at those people in the car commercials gushing at the prospect of getting 30-40 MPG with a new car. I mean, My Volt is gets more than 40 MPG when using it's gas generator.
What a fantastic car. Superb engineering. A great balance of fuel economy, ride, fit and finish, and practicality. I laterally don't think about gas prices anymore and feel I am doing my part in weening us off foreign oil. Can't wait to see what GM has up their sleeves for version 2.0.
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I am glad you are getting incredible range. I wonder how much variation is due to the "three T's" (temperature, terrain, and technique) and how much is just manufacturing variation among individual cars.