So I've been using a touch counter app on my phone to keep track of how often I shift while driving. I've been hypermiling some what using L to slow or D to maintain momentum as needed. In my stop and go commute portions I find I'm shifting on average 26.3 times/day over the last 2 weeks.
Will this prematurely wear on the shifter? I understand shifters in a manual vehicle are designed for frequent shifting, but I'm wary about automatic shifters since they maybe only shift 10 times a day (guessing).
You are working too hard to enjoy your volt.
The Volt has many features to enjoy driving or attempting to get better EV mileage.
However you can overthink the car and just work yourself up to a frenzy.
From the OWNERS MANUAL
Driving and Operating page 187
D: –- This position is for normal
driving. It provides the best fuel
economy. If more power is needed
for passing, press the accelerator
pedal to gain the desired
L : –- This position reduces vehicle
speed without using the brakes. Use
L (Low) on very steep hills, in deep
snow, in mud, or in stop-and-go
First – What EXACTLY are you trying to accomplish???
Most Volt owners never shift at all, unless you want the feel of a sports car.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND what the volt controls do?
D --- Drive is the recommended position. According to the manual, L – offers no enhancement to driving, speed pickup, etc. it is the same as D.
However, L offers an aggressive regen braking. So much so that I have noticed a decline in High voltage battery regen compared to using the D position.
If you feel the need to aggressively slow the car as L would do, use the PADDLE on the left side under the steering wheel. The amount of regen/braking is the same as the L position on the console and you are not wearing any contacts that make the electrical connections. Generally a concern over long term use/abuse.
Speaking very generally, your gain in regen miles to the High Voltage Battery will be in D with use of the coast (adding mileage on odometer and regen to HV battery) and the soft regen/braking from the D mode. Using the aggressive regen/braking cuts the time down so fast that you lose the mileage coasting and regen/braking is limited due to how quickly the car slows down.
Alright, example: In summer temperatures around 70 ish degrees F, I drive the VOLT in D (Drive). I use Cruise Control as much as possible, it allows for fast reaction to propulsion and regen/coast on even slight hills on roads. If I don’t have a lot of traffic behind me, I allow the car to coast “ D “ to a stopsign or light.
All of this is easy to get used to, esp if you had a better model GM car with electronic mileage average and instantaneous mileage as this option actually teaches you to drive for miles. Same with the VOLT.
Proof of the example: 70 ish degrees F temperatures, I get almost constantly, an 82 (eighty Two) miles per charge, this is also verified with the odometer in real miles after a drive. ( note that real odometer miles can go above or under the EV miles estimate that is given after charging the HV battery )
If you can average 60 to 65 miles mileage the way you are driving in 70 ish degree F temperatures, then all I would change is to use the paddle as there seems no advantage using L for acceleration. If I am wrong, I am sure there will be comments to correct my error.