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Hello everyone. I picked up my 2016 Volt with 6K miles and practically all of the factory warranty on Friday. Price for the vehicle was 23K. I was debating new, but couldn't take the higher payment while I waited for the tax credit. I purchased a 5 year/100K bumper to bumper warranty for an extra $10 a month since I plan on keeping this for many, many years.

I have only had it a few days but I absolutely love it! Still learning all of the features and since this is my first EV car, I am becoming very aware of my driving habits. I am in New Jersey, and with temps around 30-40F, I have noticed a "fully charged" estimate of 42 EV miles. After searching the forum, i am attributing this to the vehicles previous use as a fleet vehicle and the cold temp for the low estimation. I have been getting better mileage though, with 56 miles totally EV on the first day from the dealer.

One problem I haven't found the solution for yet was fixing the home location in Apple Carplay. It had my old address in it. I changed it on my phone since it was listed there, but it hasn't reflected in the car yet. Anyone have an issue with that?
 

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Hello everyone. I picked up my 2016 Volt with 6K miles ----- /cut/----- plan on keeping this for many, many years.

-----/ cut /----- I am becoming very aware of my driving habits. I am in New Jersey, and with temps around 30-40F, I have noticed a "fully charged" estimate of 42 EV miles. After searching the forum, i am attributing this to the vehicles previous use as a fleet vehicle and the cold temp for the low estimation. I have been getting better mileage though, with 56 miles totally EV on the first day from the dealer.

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The volt is an interesting car and you will find that it has a picky temperment when it comes to the battery miles.
The battery does not like cold weather. If you are in30 degree temps, you can expect mileage predictions in the 35-45 miles range. In summer temperatures you can expect mileage estimates in the 50's to high 60's, depending on your driving habits.

The low cold weather estimates I am basing on everyone turning on the heater and the fact that batteries naturally slow down the chemical processes when they get cold. They don't like it and will let you know with less mileage advantage.

Driving habits will cost you if you have a heavy foot, jack rabbit starts or lay on the gas pedal till you reach the stop sign then slam on the brakes.
Electrics like easy start ups, using cruise control, coasting to the stop signs and easy brake pedals to regen energy as you slow to a stop.

I mostly use the brake/regen paddle to kick off the cruise but it is a handy fast stop if there are traffic problems.
DURING THE SUMMER I was getting battery mileage estimates of 82 miles and after the trip, the odometer would show travel at 82 or more miles.
There is a lot to say for regeneration of power (brakes and/or coasting), cruise control, easy braking to stop signs. Of course, going down hills doesn't hurt but it kills you going up the hill.
The easiest way to track your EV miles and odometer miles is just to write down the EV miles and Odometer miles before you start on your drive. After you get home, write down the EV miles and odometer miles. subtract the low from the high and get your EV miles vs Odometer (real) miles.
I found the mileage to be right on and and many cases, I had more odometer miles than EV miles. ( I attributed this to the regen/coasting/regen braking).
I find in stop and go, or cities with short blocks and lots of stop signs, that the regen will actually increase the EV mileage, or, makes the EV miles much slower to decrease.
interesting car. Still don't see any advertising from GM about the Volt, really don't get that and makes you wonder whats up! ! !
 

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The easiest way to track your EV miles and odometer miles is just to write down the EV miles and Odometer miles before you start on your drive. After you get home, write down the EV miles and odometer miles. subtract the low from the high and get your EV miles vs Odometer (real) miles.
That's easier than just checking electric miles since full charge on the app or in the car?
 

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That's easier than just checking electric miles since full charge on the app or in the car?
Checking the APP has been called just an estimate and inaccurate. If you don't check it yourself, you will never know the accuracy of your reading.
Also, checking EV miles vs Odometer miles is an absolute check of where you are, how your driving or weather affects your battery miiles.
I have read too many comments that insisted that the "guess-O-meter" was off and inaccurate when I have found by checking against the ODOMETER for the real miles vs the EV miles was right on during normal static weather conditions. It also gives you a good feeling of how your driving habits or the addition of HEAT in cold weather affects your range.
My 2017 Volt Pre has registered 83 miles on the EV and driven 84 miles on the odometer in 70f temperatures. In the colder weather, you may read 51 miles on EV and only get 34 miles on the Odometer, this is the cost of heat and battery chemistry not liking the cold.
The APP is truly a guesstimate and for most, that is ok. But if you are really interested in what the car is doing or how your driving affects the mileage, checking it yourself may surprise you. You can't argue with the hard facts (ODOMETER) when reading actual miles driven. The "guess-O-meter" does a pretty good job at estimating an average mileage. But your reading will not be present until after a charge.
I started recording some of this because I was curious about various conditions affecting the miles. I expected some of my results and was surprised by other results. When the colder weather hit, you REALLY see a difference in actual miles vs estimated miles. That heater really knocks your range down.
 

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Checking the APP has been called just an estimate and inaccurate. If you don't check it yourself, you will never know the accuracy of your reading.
Also, checking EV miles vs Odometer miles is an absolute check of where you are, how your driving or weather affects your battery miiles.
I have read too many comments that insisted that the "guess-O-meter" was off and inaccurate when I have found by checking against the ODOMETER for the real miles vs the EV miles was right on during normal static weather conditions. It also gives you a good feeling of how your driving habits or the addition of HEAT in cold weather affects your range.
My 2017 Volt Pre has registered 83 miles on the EV and driven 84 miles on the odometer in 70f temperatures. In the colder weather, you may read 51 miles on EV and only get 34 miles on the Odometer, this is the cost of heat and battery chemistry not liking the cold.
The APP is truly a guesstimate and for most, that is ok. But if you are really interested in what the car is doing or how your driving affects the mileage, checking it yourself may surprise you. You can't argue with the hard facts (ODOMETER) when reading actual miles driven. The "guess-O-meter" does a pretty good job at estimating an average mileage. But your reading will not be present until after a charge.
I started recording some of this because I was curious about various conditions affecting the miles. I expected some of my results and was surprised by other results. When the colder weather hit, you REALLY see a difference in actual miles vs estimated miles. That heater really knocks your range down.
The app/car reporting miles driven in EV since full charge is a guesstimate? We're talking about it reporting miles recorded after the fact, not predicting what it's capable of prior to or while driving. This isn't accurate an accurate measure? News to me.
 

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We have a 2016 Volt and cold weather 30 F does take a toll on electric range. Summer my wife, its her daily driver, will get 55+ miles on electric. Winter, 40-48 miles. Just running on the gas engine when the battery is empty, you can expect 40+ mpg. We get 45+ mpg just on gas, regular grade 87 octane at that.
 

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This is something of a learning curve with the Volt if you want to reach its full potential. On the other hand, you can just get in and drive and let its engineering do the work. Either way, the driving experience is excellent.

You may soon find yourself sitting in traffic thinking how crude and unrefined the exhaust-spewing machine in front of you really is. I compare it to how it must have been with horses dumping their loads all over the roadways 100 years ago.
 

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You may soon find yourself sitting in traffic thinking how crude and unrefined the exhaust-spewing machine in front of you really is. I compare it to how it must have been with horses dumping their loads all over the roadways 100 years ago.
That reminded me of a trip I was on last July in my 2017 Volt. I was on my way home, battery depleted, running on gas, when the traffic came to a stop, do to a bad wreck, on the interstate. Of coarse, when I stopped, my engine shut off while I just sat there soaking in the A/C. I started thinking about all of these cars sitting there idling, going no where, burning gas. But then, about 30 minutes later, my engine started because the battery had reached it's lower buffer limit. The good news though, is that it only ran for a few minutes, then shut off again until the wreck was cleared enough for me to continue.
 

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You may soon find yourself sitting in traffic thinking how crude and unrefined the exhaust-spewing machine in front of you really is. I compare it to how it must have been with horses dumping their loads all over the roadways 100 years ago.
This is where RECIRC comes in handy.
 
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