Hello everyone !!
It is getting very frustrating for me. Today, on a 8.7 miles round trip from home, I only got 35 MPG (0.26 gallons of gas used), even with a fully charged battery!!
Of course, it's cold today (7°F), but it's normal here in Quebec. The Volt's default setting for running the ICE when the outside temperature is below 25°F is really frustrating for me since we are mostly below that temperature from november to end of march (which is a THIRD of the year) !! That means that my lifetime mileage will go down a lot (it's actually at 87 MPG)
I thought that the goal of owning a Volt was about using as little FOSSIL FUEL as possible !!
I want the firmware update letting me setting the low temperature myself ... and I want it now (before the end of winter at least!!) ...
I know that EV range efficiency is lower when it's cold, but it still much better than GAS here: we pay 5$ a gallon for gas and only 7.7 cents per Kwh. There is not only efficiency that is important, there is also "green" consideration which is very important for me (here in Quebec, 98% of electricity is hydro).
Also, when I go to the corner store, which is less than 1 mile from my home, I only get 15 MPG !!! Knowing that I do such a short distance, it would be logical to «force» EV mode !!
Moreover, my garage is always at 45-50°F (it's attached to the house and insulated). Don't tell me that the inner of the car has time to get that cold when I go to the corner store ... so what's the need to run the ICE engine?? But unfortunately, 100 meters after leaving home, it detects that the outside temperature is below 25°F and the ICE kicks off for a few minutes and at HIGH RPM !!!
In the 2012 owner manual, it says that the user can config it ... so I WANT it!!
For those who says that cold is not good for battery life, how come the LEAF works at 0°F and they also have the 8 years / 100 000 miles battery warranty?
I don't mind having only 20 miles EV range during cold temperature ... at least give me the option to use it at 100% !! the ICE should be there as a last resort !!
I called my Volt advisor about this, and she should get back to me ... I will keep you posted ...