You MUST be a Doctor Who fan...surely? !!Hello Volters, Bolters, and Sparkies,
Looking at salvage Volts or Bolts to rebuild and use the extra pack for other projects. After taking over my Dad's '14 [email protected], we are really loving no gas 99% of the time, but looking for something with more range one way or another.
I also have a Clipper Creek EVSE LCS20 similar to the gen 1 Volt OEM EVSE, which I discovered I can add a switch for selectable charging speeds, thanks to the discussions here. My LCS20 seems to do a faster '25' amp speed, which is workable if handle & cord assembly are swapped to 12 gauge cable (stock [email protected] EVSE has, but really only needs 14ga so I swapped the cables).
Your Volt is probably fine; check the fluid levels, especially the (3) coolant overflow tanks. Use only GM DexCool premix coolant specifically formulated for hybrid vehicles. Have the dealer apply any needed software updates. Keep tire pressure ~40 PSI +/- 2PSI. Always plug in the Volt when parked at home and work (if available); precondition the cabin while plugged in to conserve battery power while warming up the cabin. Level 2 charging at 240V enables preconditioning while simultaneously recharging without much loss of range from using the electric heat.Hello to all. This looks like the place to be for Volt owners. I JUST bought a 2017 with 35 k . It was a company lease and honestly i dont think it was ever charged. Only driven as a hybrid. Im curious what everyone is seeing on their ev gauge after a full charge. Im only seeing 41 sometimes as low as 37. But when i drive it will stay on any random number say 21 miles for sometimes 7 to 8 actuall miles. There is no way with 37k and 2 years this Batt is on its way out. I have lithium LiPo Life experience with other smaller aplications and if taken care of they last. Im getting about 40 to 45 all elec miles but keep in mind its been in the 20s here and low teens at night . so lots of seat heat and heat in general. I also drive mostly at night ..
Basically im looking for someone to say relax its fine its just this or that.
Or did i get scammed and am looking at buying a 5k battery in the next few months. That would be the normal story for me.
You don't need to keep the tank full, especially with your driving situation. You only need a 1/4 tank as probably suggested in owner's manual. No sense dragging around that extra weight. You just need some for the 6 week engine maintenance run (if you don't use engine) and you have to burn off year old gas anyway (automatically does that). The gas tank is pressurized to prevent the lighter components from evaporating to help it from getting stale.The dealer did the oil but didnt reset lifespan so i did my own change i wanted a certain brand oil and filter any way.. So far ive had the car for 5 weeks work is 21 miles away and there is a charge point at work. Ive put a total of 8 dollars in the tank just to keep it full.
The Volt calculates the estimated EV range using your recent driving history, climate control settings, elevation change and outside air temperature. If you drive the same route on your weekday commute, except for traffic variations and road conditions the only variable will be the temperature. Your range will be affected up to ~25% by colder temperatures even before accounting for the use of any climate control.That makes sense i didnt know those things about the fuel management. Its a bit scary how much "thinking" this thing actually does. I never put the ( what is it 8 lbs per gallon) Into the equation.
I can't quite figure why the ev range display is showing only 39 to 41 miles after a full charge but i am definitely getting more than that.
Thanks so much for the help.