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Or is it the Predict-O-Meter?

Whichever it is, mine showed 49 miles of range as I started out this morning. That's the highest I've seen since purchasing Victor ( a 2013 Volt ) last November.
 

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Or is it the Predict-O-Meter?

Whichever it is, mine showed 49 miles of range as I started out this morning. That's the highest I've seen since purchasing Victor ( a 2013 Volt ) last November.
That is a nice prediction coming from a former 12 owner. The highest prediction I ever saw was 47 out of mine. My 2016 predicts 67 as of now. My family and I drove to the Smokey Mountains a few days ago. Using my initial charge, I got 71 miles, then I was able to get about 3.5 hours of free charge at an outlet called "Tanger" and then we drove to the top of Clingmans Dome and got 4 bars coming back down the mountain. All in we drove 354 miles and used 5.1 gallons of gas. Let anyone try that in the mighty "I mean dorky" Prius.
 

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Mine says 40 sometimes, then 42 when I get the bottom of the hill.

I live 1 mile off the pavement on a hill. When I get on the dirt road to go home I use up 5 miles.

I look at those numbers like this. "If the rest of the trip is like this you can go 38 more miles but if conditions change those miles go away.
 

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Don't be too hard on yourself. It's more about where and how fast you drive. In the summer on my 2014, I was able to start out with 55 miles on the range estimator. Not because I'm a skilled hypermiler, but because the average speed during my daily back roads commute was 35 mph.
 

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My 2014 shows 51 since it has warmed up around here :)
 

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FYI, the 2011/2012 Volt display was limited to a maximum 50 mile estimated ev range, and the later Gen 1 models had a maximum of 60 mile estimated ev range. Back then, actually getting 50+ miles per charge was a nice challenge.

If you could average ~5.4 miles/kWh for your day’s driving, even if you actually drove only 20 miles/day before recharging, you could then get your full charge reading up to that 60 estimated max (i.e., your historical average mileage times total available power in a full charge), and it required posting a photo of your day’s end usage screen to prove you could actually drive 60+ miles on one charge.

There is no display limit for the Gen 2 Volts, so that same person who gets 5.4 miles/kWh during their 20 mile daily drive in a Gen 1 Volt would see a full charge ev range estimate of 76 estimated ev miles or so in a Gen 2 Volt if they continued to drive only 20 miles/day... Maintaining a high ev mileage rate for a full 14.1 kWh of battery power is challenging, and how many owners actually drive the 76+ miles it would take to prove you can drive this far on a single charge (especially without any use of Hold mode) before recharging? Perhaps that’s why you see more photos posted by Gen 2 drivers of their full charge range estimates than pictures of their AER accomplished ev miles driven on a full charge...
 

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In the winter in South Florida on my daily 4.7 mile commute to the train station I can see it as high as 53 on a 2013. Now that it is stinking hot again I'm down in the low 40's running the AC. It's really all about speed. But I did once get 50 miles of range on the highway at 60-65mph, that trick is finding a large truck you can get behind and drafting 4 or so car lengths back. If you have ever dabbled in cycling you will quickly understand the advantage of drafting or as us triathlon guy's would call it cheating!
 

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Can't get my 2013 to show more than 43 (rated for 38), but I've seen 63 on my wife's 2016 which is a full 10 miles above the rated 53.
 

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If you could average ~5.4 miles/kWh for your day’s driving, even if you actually drove only 20 miles/day before recharging, you could then get your full charge reading up to that 60 estimated max (i.e., your historical average mileage times total available power in a full charge), and it required posting a photo of your day’s end usage screen to prove you could actually drive 60+ miles on one charge.
When it's warm I can see 5.4 - 5.7 miles/KWh on my commute home from work for the first 28 miles. It's the last 5 miles that always brings it back down to less than 5.0. Those last few hills and a couple of miles of soft dirt road. Maybe I should move into town and sell the farm.
 

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Peaked at 79km last year.
Hoping for the big 8-0 this year (50mi).
 

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Guess-o-meter has been showing 44 on my 2013 that has Michelin Defenders and 46 on my 2013 that has Michelin Defenders and CTS wheels. Not sure what that actual range has been lately but definitely a plus to offset winter gasoline usage.
 

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When it's warm I can see 5.4 - 5.7 miles/KWh on my commute home from work for the first 28 miles. It's the last 5 miles that always brings it back down to less than 5.0. Those last few hills and a couple of miles of soft dirt road. Maybe I should move into town and sell the farm.
Note that the computer algorithm creating the "start of day, full-charge" range estimates tends to be fuel-specific, so if you reach a point as you travel homeward where the usage screen shows such good ev mileage (e.g., 5.4 - 5.7 miles/kWh), you can game your stats by switching to Hold and staying there (i.e., driving on gas) until you get home and plug in... next morning’s ev range will be influenced by your previous day’s good ev mileage...

Works the other way, too... one forum participant’s daily commute is just a tad further than his electric range, so he chooses to use Hold to turn on the ICE during a downhill portion of the drive. Uses very little gas during that portion of the trip because of the drop in elevation, so his Voltstats numbers show his MPGcs (gas mileage when using gas) in the 60-70 mpg range...

My end of summer start of day ev estimates for the 2012 Volt I bought in April of 2012 are in the upper 40s (first year 48, next 49, and then 50!) because around town I usually drive only a half-battery charge’s worth of distance or less on a normal day (retirement has its benefits). I do much of my driving in slower traffic, and I have the luxury of putting off errands until the driving weather is better, which helps the average mileage!
 

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I have owned my 2015 volt premium since it was new
I picked it up off the lot brand new when it had 31 miles on the clock and no charge in the evening system.
now after 2 year's, here in Central Florida, I get 53+ even miles per charge
And I still have the original Goodyear assurance tires, rotating them every 5,000 miles
I have 19,000 miles on them now.
 
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