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On a day that is ideal for achieving great ev range (50 miles for a volt g1, 75-80 miles for a g2) please try to achieve the worst possible EV range by driving it like you stole it, cranking up the AC, and posting your center console energy screen here.

The OP assumes no responsibility for any traffic tickets or accidents resulting from this challenge, but will take credit for the ear to ear grins that are guaranteed to happen.

The lowest number of miles for each car type (volt g1, g2, bolt, ELR, CT6) wins. Be careful out there. While we are at it, are there any CT6 plugin owners out there? Anyone? Anyone?
 

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And no cheating by sitting in the driveway with the heater blasting.
No need for a heater here in Central Texas. :) High today is expected to be 105, and 108 tomorrow. :(
 

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Do I have to run it out of battery or will you accept miles driven vs. KWhs used?
 

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The OP assumes no responsibility for any traffic tickets or accidents resulting from this challenge
I'm no legal expert, this may or may not protect you if somebody is killed or maimed. Of course, if somebody throws in a triple dog dare, you're off the hook.
 

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llninja, it seems like you are constantly driving around Illini country like you stole your car. All i know is that I'm staying away from any Volts I see near bean fields in the mid-west.
 

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Do I have to run it out of battery or will you accept miles driven vs. KWhs used?
Whatever you want to post is fine

llninja, it seems like you are constantly driving around Illini country like you stole your car. All i know is that I'm staying away from any Volts I see near bean fields in the mid-west.
I also drive by corn fields too... :) Just watch my location, next year it should be corn.
 

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My first entry 26.1 miles.

  • Used N when braking to disable regen
  • Opened the windows and cranked the heat (learned that after 89, the climate control says HI)
  • Drove in Sport mode
  • Accelerator was mostly binary: WOT or nothing
  • Drove 72 mph on the highway, but when there were cars in both lanes ahead to act as a barrier for any potential radar, I floored it to 90 mph

As I pulled into the parking lot where there is free charging, it switched to ICE just as I was entering the parking space. I drove on ICE for about 6 feet. Actually I don't think the ICE actually started, but the battery level graphic switched to the fuel tank graphic as I coasted in.

Thinking about this, I could have let some air out of the tires, turned on the heat as I was leaving the house rather than just as I got off the highway 18 miles down the road to lose more miles. I'll try again on the return trip home assuming I have a full charge. I guess I could remote start and crank the AC before leaving.

 

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Actually Fridays are a good day for me to do this. I plug in when I get home on Fridays vs. waiting until the next morning at work. I tend to drive much more spirited, traffic allowing, Friday afternoons and Monday mornings as a result.
 

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The biggest expense will be the tires.
 

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The biggest expense will be the tires.
My Volt is sporting Yokohama Avid Ascends and I don't rotate them, so this set of tires already have 44k miles on them, the fronts are probably 10k miles away from needing replacement, but the rears look like they could go another 40K miles. When it comes time to replace the tires, the rears will rotate to the front and the new tires will go into the back. So one pair will get about 45-50k miles, the remaining pairs might get 80-90k miles on them. Plus, I don't take the turns at high speed. I brake hard before the turns and smoothly accelerate through the turns without squealing the tires. Though this does have me thinking about finding a big empty parking lot to see how badly the mileage would drop if I were to use it as a skid pad. But if I did that, I'd probably need to get new tires right after that experiment.
 

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The biggest expense will be the tires.
Yep. I figured that electricity will cost me 0.9 cents per mile and tires 1.2 to 1.4 cents per mile.
 

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Whatever you want to post is fine



I also drive by corn fields too... :) Just watch my location, next year it should be corn.
Out of curiosity, will you be raising corn for animals, human consumption or ethanol?

That 26.1 using 10.1kWh (2.58 miles/kWh efficiency - or lack thereof) is awful...ly good for your challange.;)
 

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ROFL!!!!!

The ear to ear grin has started already, and I'm not even in the driver's seat.

You wouldn't let the air out of the tires if you're stealing the car, LLninja.
 

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Out of curiosity, will you be raising corn for animals, human consumption or ethanol?

That 26.1 using 10.1kWh (2.58 miles/kWh efficiency - or lack thereof) is awful...ly good for your challange.;)

It's definitely not sweet corn, but I cash rent my 9-10 acres of my 24 acres to a local farmer. This year it is beans, next year it will be corn, but I have no idea whether it will end up in animal feed, processed human food, or ethanol.

ROFL!!!!!

The ear to ear grin has started already, and I'm not even in the driver's seat.

You wouldn't let the air out of the tires if you're stealing the car, LLninja.
I'm talking about reducing from 38 pounds of air to something like 30-34 pounds to reduce my range. But I guess the goal was more about having fun not gaming the system. What's interesting is that when I got into car, my guessometer was at 33 miles, so I'm impressed that all the WOT acceleration I did only pulled 7 miles off the estimate. One other tidbit, I already have an advantage in this game than most Volt owners, I've got heavier 18" rims an deep treaded Yokohama Avid Ascend tires on the car, which I think already gave me a penalty to start with.
 

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So I left work today and took the long way home. My route profile is shown below:

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Route started in Golden and started uphill on I-70 at the C-470 interchange. About a mile before exiting at Evergreen parkway the energy screen showed:

11.2 miles
47.5 MPGe
6.6 KWh used.

When I got off the interstate I was at

11.8 miles
50.6 MPGe
6.5 KWh

At one point the car showed 17 EV miles left and 30 miles to home. I was seriously thinking I was going to finish on ICE. I got home with 12 miles EV left. The power regeneration in this car is amazing.

47.1 miles
112 MPGe
11.8 KWh used
 

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The trip home was horrible. I got 27.1 miles of range leaving 4 miles on the battery.
 

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So I left work today and took the long way home. My route profile is shown below:
As

Route started in Golden and started uphill on I-70 at the C-470 interchange. About a mile before exiting at Evergreen parkway the energy screen showed:

11.2 miles
47.5 MPGe
6.6 KWh used.

When I got off the interstate I was at

11.8 miles
50.6 MPGe
6.5 KWh

At one point the car showed 17 EV miles left and 30 miles to home. I was seriously thinking I was going to finish on ICE. I got home with 12 miles EV left. The power regeneration in this car is amazing.

47.1 miles
112 MPGe
11.8 KWh used

Double check my math

47.1 / 11.8 = 3.99 miles/kWh for you

26.1 / 10.1 = 2.6 miles/kWh

I win at getting the worst range. You must not have been driving it like you stole it.
 

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Un-sprung weight is a killer.
I'm still amazed that I can drive it as hard as I did and still get 26 miles of range. Sometimes in the dead of winter, I'd be lucky to get 23-24 miles.
 
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