Gentle acceleration, hold the speed steady, keep the speed down (K=1/2MV^2 i.e. energy is the square of the velocity), coast to slow down, use regen paddle if coasting isn't sufficient, use the brake only for the final stop.
Why do you think people here don't know what they are talking about? The Volt is well instrumented to give you feed back on your instantaneous energy use which means that anyone who so desires can get some pretty good experimental evidence about what works and what doesn't. In addition there are some well known aspects of the Volt's engineering which would lead you to certain conclusions about optimal driving styles, I'm thinking specifically about the two different motors in the Gen2 Volt. In the Gen1 Volt GM used two identical and expensive electric motors, but in the Gen2 they replaced one of the motors with a less expensive and less efficient motor. The second motor is only engaged if you need extra power so if you want to maximize efficiency there is a benefit to keeping the power requirements down which is why gentle acceleration is preferred. Other advice is based on basic physics.I'm curious why people feel equipped to post their opinions on how they drive, when they have clearly always driven like that and always will, rather than comparing and contrasting their experiences when using the two different approaches?
Is it an internet thing?
Someone says 'Can you tell me your experiences of A versus B?' and the answers almost always are 'I only do A, and it's really good. best to do A'
Just interested in 'internet psychology' here of how people prefer to offer their opinion than answer a question. (I might well be guilty of it myself!)