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I just got a 2015 Chevy Volt and topped it off at the gas station but my gas range is only showing 234 miles. I just figured I should have a range closer to 350-360. Does the total gas range get better the more I drive it using gas or is there an explanation for the lower gas range? Thanks
 

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9 gallon gas tank, 37 miles per gallon. What math did you use to "figure" you'd get 350-360 gas miles?
 

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I just got a 2015 Chevy Volt and topped it off at the gas station but my gas range is only showing 234 miles. I just figured I should have a range closer to 350-360. Does the total gas range get better the more I drive it using gas or is there an explanation for the lower gas range? Thanks
Driving history plays a big role in your range estimates. Seeing that you just got it and have no idea if the PO was Jeff Gordon or Mr. Magoo, a lower range could be expected. The Gen 1 Volt has a 35/40/37 mpg EPA rating, so using 9 gallons as a baseline (9.3 total) you can figure the typical driver should see 315/360/333 miles maximum gas range. Also if the PO didn't consistently fill up with premium or lower quality fuel that too can contribute to lower estimates.
 

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I just got a 2015 Chevy Volt and topped it off at the gas station but my gas range is only showing 234 miles. I just figured I should have a range closer to 350-360. Does the total gas range get better the more I drive it using gas or is there an explanation for the lower gas range? Thanks
350-360 would be total range with full tank and full charge.
 

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Are you parked on a hill? The car might be calculating uphill mileage. If you were to always drive uphill, you'd only go 234 miles. Turn the car facing downhill, maybe the number will improve.
 

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My range is already starting to improve the more I drive it. Didn't realize at first that the computer used previous driving trends to estimate total range. Still very new to me learning about the car.
 

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I was figuring around 40 mpg, that would be 360.
Gen1 is rated for 37mpg in gas mode, and those are EPA numbers which are under ideal conditions and no lead food or crazy terrain. Usually with normal driving people see slightly less than whatever is on the EPA sticker.

From those numbers it sounds like it was driven like a race car in it's previous life and the computer adjusted it's numbers to match, give it a week of granny driving and the numbers will line up far better.
 

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Yeah I figured it was driven like a NASCAR. I thought most were seeing much better mpg than advertised, with both gas and EV. That's why I guesstimated 40mpg.
 

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I just got a 2015 Chevy Volt and topped it off at the gas station but my gas range is only showing 234 miles. I just figured I should have a range closer to 350-360. Does the total gas range get better the more I drive it using gas or is there an explanation for the lower gas range? Thanks
Mine did the same thing. First gas I put in and range reads 227 !!!! I'm getting ready for a long trip...it will be interesting to see what the MPGCS really is :)
 

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Are you parked on a hill? The car might be calculating uphill mileage. If you were to always drive uphill, you'd only go 234 miles. Turn the car facing downhill, maybe the number will improve.
I'd like to make my commute downhill both ways...
 

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Mine did the same thing. First gas I put in and range reads 227 !!!! I'm getting ready for a long trip...it will be interesting to see what the MPGCS really is :)
If you drive about 65, you'll get about 350 miles before "LOW" sets in. Probably 300 at 75.
 

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Not expecting that much as we're going to Virginia from Indiana.....
Lots of mountains !!!
 

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I think one could easily achieve such numbers. I've taken the drive from central CA to Vegas a couple times in my Volt (13). The drive is just a couple miles shy of 300 miles door to door when going to visit a friend of mine there and with the average speed of 70-75 and still getting passed on the left I typically see about 2 bars of fuel range remaining when I pull up to his house. This includes at least a few miles of EV range before MM kicks the engine on to hold enough buffer to make the climb out of the central valley. All in, I probably have 350 miles of total range before I drain the last drops out of the tank.
 

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It just takes time. I've had several occasions where battery and gas ranges combined were over 400 miles.
 

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9 gallon gas tank, 37 miles per gallon. What math did you use to "figure" you'd get 350-360 gas miles?
I dunno.. Mine regularly shows 355 miles on a freshly filled tank. (but I do average 39-41mpg running the REX)
 

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My dad's stories were all uphill both ways, leave at dark, get home at dark. OTOH, my father-in-law's stories, although similar, all ended with "buck naked". Go figure.
 

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I have to do some running around tomorrow, so I had the tank filled. You can see the range isn't too bad.
 

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