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Birthday: 10/15/2016 - Beautiful new baby! We really love it. Everything we imagined and more (knock on wood).

Experiencing some reduced range estimates (56 down to 45) due to cooler weather (Sacramento, CA). Waiting to see if that turns around when Spring arrives.

Very fun to drive and although a bit cramped for my 6'2" 220lb frame is still comfortable to drive. Back seat headroom is not good for folks of my stature. We view it as a two-seater with xtra seats in a pinch (or with a pinch).

Soooo many options to choose from. Still learning.

Looking forward to cruising the forum for insights from others.

Happy New Year!

Mike
 

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Yes, I'm still amazed how much temperature affects EV range. I can beat the EPA fuel economy ratings for all of the ICE-powered vehicles I've owned (with some temperature-dependent effects), but temperature conditions seem to overwhelm my efforts with the Volt. Makes all the range ratings I read about for EVs seem less reliable.
 

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Temperature and rain, wet roads etc. have an effect as well. Here in Northwestern Oregon temps have been in the 40's, with off and on rain, mostly on with wet roads. Our 2016 Volt electric range has been hoovering around 48 miles. Gas only mpg's, when the battery is depleted has not taken such a hit. Last trip 2 days ago with nearly 100 miles on gas average mpg was 48 mpg, and 48 miles on electric. Still on gas well above the EPA of 42 mpg.

Now our 2010 Prius takes a much bigger hit on mpg in winter under these conditions. Last fillup, same method as the Volt, miles divided by gallons of gas at the pump, was 45.3 mpg. Now in summer prius mpg is usually 55 mpg.
 

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yep. my estimated 50mi range is down to 35-40 today in los angeles. i think the trick is to pre-condition the cabin by remote starting the car while plugged in 10 minutes before you come out the house. i just keep forgetting to do that.
 

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Driving through heavy snowfall absolutely murders EV range.

Great car nonetheless.
 

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Yes, I'm still amazed how much temperature affects EV range. I can beat the EPA fuel economy ratings for all of the ICE-powered vehicles I've owned (with some temperature-dependent effects), but temperature conditions seem to overwhelm my efforts with the Volt. Makes all the range ratings I read about for EVs seem less reliable.
I find that the HighVolage battery isn't affected as much as we think in cold weather. If I leave the steering wheel heater off and the window defrosters off and the fan off and the heat off and the seat heaters off, the range is greatly enhanced. Creature comforts really cost when it is cold out...
 

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I find that the HighVolage battery isn't affected as much as we think in cold weather. If I leave the steering wheel heater off and the window defrosters off and the fan off and the heat off and the seat heaters off, the range is greatly enhanced. Creature comforts really cost when it is cold out...
Using the seat heaters, steering wheel heater and rear defroster have a negligible impact on EV range.
 
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