Welcome to the wonderful world of electric car driving! It’s dazzling!
For most of us, it’s the first car we’ve owned whose primary fuel tank, the battery, holds only the equivalent of one gallon’s worth of driving distance. A full charge is represented on the display by 10 green bars.
How far you can drive on a full charge is up to you. The range estimate is only a computer estimate of the potential range, based on past driving habits, and at the moment your Volt’s computer will be using the previous owner’s data, so it might fluctuate. The car will need time to gather some of your driving habit data before the estimated range reflects your driving.
Were you ever aware of the variation in how far you drove on each and every gallon of gas you used in your previous gas car? Or were you more familiar with the average distance per gallon after refilling the tank with 10 gallons or more? The full charge ev range estimate is not unlike someone guessing how far you’ll drive your gas car on the first gallon of gas you use the next morning. It depends on the weather and the terrain and whether or not you feel compelled to be the first car to reach the next stop light...
Note that if the weather or your driving habits change, or if someone else drives the car, the car’s electric mileage for that particular full charge may improve or deteriorate, impacting the next full charge range estimate. Bad weather requires more power to move the same distance (takes more power to move through falling rain and cold, dense air and to splash through puddles on wet pavement, etc.), and such conditions often are coupled with increasing use of heat and window defrosting.
Most Volt drivers experience annual range cycles, increasing during warmer seasons, decreasing in the colder seasons.