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Didn't let it charge all the way, so it shows about 1.5 charges in kWh? About 40 mpg and 4 mi/kWh looks standard for this time of year.
 

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Didn't let it charge all the way, so it shows about 1.5 charges in kWh? About 40 mpg and 4 mi/kWh looks standard for this time of year.
No, the OP found the konami code Easter egg (also known as Voltamorting) that allows you to use the full range of the battery. It's up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right A, B, Start

http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?234097-Voltamorting-A-Technique-of-traveling-with-battery-restrictions-off&highlight=Konami+voltamorting
 

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The pie chart shows 1/3 electric and 2/3 gas, matches the total EV miles driven and total gas miles driven since the last full charge. 3.7 miles per kwh is right on the money for the Volt's estimated combined city/highway range of 53 miles (53 miles/14.1 kwh = 3.75 miles per kwh).
 

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The pie chart shows 1/3 electric and 2/3 gas, matches the total EV miles driven and total gas miles driven since the last full charge. 3.7 miles per kwh is right on the money for the Volt's estimated combined city/highway range of 53 miles (53 miles/14.1 kwh = 3.75 miles per kwh).
It's the 22.4 kw used that is amazing...especially if it was from a single charge

An alternative explanation, the OP was accidentally given a super secret prototype battery instead of the standard gen2 one.
 

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OP, you've probably figured it out... the key is "Since last FULL charge" as Viking points out, although LL's explanation is more interesting.
 

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OP, you've probably figured it out... the key is "Since last FULL charge" as Viking points out, although LL's explanation is more interesting.
How about this 3rd option: someone has installed a long distance wireless charger that "beams" energy to the battery while the car is in motion.
 

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The pie chart shows 1/3 electric and 2/3 gas, matches the total EV miles driven and total gas miles driven since the last full charge. 3.7 miles per kwh is right on the money for the Volt's estimated combined city/highway range of 53 miles (53 miles/14.1 kwh = 3.75 miles per kwh).
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How about this 3rd option: someone has installed a long distance wireless charger that "beams" energy to the battery while the car is in motion.
Imagine the spectacle due to the amount of birds frying mid-beam. Unless there's some physics magic involved where the beam is not absorbed by animal flesh or something and utilizes a matching receiver to convert back to electrical power. Maaagic.
 

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Imagine the spectacle due to the amount of birds frying mid-beam. Unless there's some physics magic involved where the beam is not absorbed by animal flesh or something and utilizes a matching receiver to convert back to electrical power. Maaagic.
You use induction, magnetic fields, to charge over a distance without frying what is between. They make roads that can charge electric cars in transit today. Humans are relatively immune to magnetic fields, and they don't produce much heat in your body like standing in front of a microwave transmitter would.

MRI machines are basically super magnets, putting out typically 1-3 Tesla field strength, which is incredibly high. I think the main issue with inductive charging is preventing it from messing with pacemakers, etc.
 

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You use induction, magnetic fields, to charge over a distance without frying what is between. They make roads that can charge electric cars in transit today. Humans are relatively immune to magnetic fields, and they don't produce much heat in your body like standing in front of a microwave transmitter would.

MRI machines are basically super magnets, putting out typically 1-3 Tesla field strength, which is incredibly high. I think the main issue with inductive charging is preventing it from messing with pacemakers, etc.
You can beam energy with traditional RF waves too, without frying animals. Unlike a microwave, the RF waves used for this approach would not be at a frequency designed to resonate with water, which is really what would cause any of said frying:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/04/0426_042602_TVmoonenergy.html
 

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I think the main issue with inductive charging is preventing it from messing with pacemakers, etc.
And distance losses. The closer you get to actually touching, the more efficient it is. An inch or less, you can easily lose less than 10%. 4 inches, and you might lose 20%. The Plugless charger lost 30% (some induction, some just evse loss). Some of that you can mitigate by tuning the resonance of the circuit, but that increase range comes with much more fussiness about WHERE you put the receiver, as you lose all that resonance with a couple mm of movement in most cases. You can't "beam power" for miles without starting off with a heck of a lot more than you want to use.
 

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a 4th possibility, someone outfitted the OP's Volt with dilithium crystals (when forum post #2 answers the OPs question direction, we've got to do something to entertain ourselves and keep the thread going)
 

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As long as we don't delve into the Dune universe, keep it going. Never read the books, but the movie for some reason had me ROFL'ing all the time.
 

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As long as we don't delve into the Dune universe, keep it going. Never read the books, but the movie for some reason had me ROFL'ing all the time.
AND HOW CAN THIS BE?! BECAUSE HE IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH!

Just to let you know how nerdy I am (as well as my wife) our youngest daughter is named Allia after Alia, sister of the Kwisatz Haderach (a.k.a. Paul Atreides)

True story, my wife and daughter were in Arizona visiting relatives. At a souvenir shop my wife called out to Allia, and an old hippie lady said "the kwisatz Haderach". And instant bond and friendship was formed.

The original Dune was great for its time, but you really need to watch the newer mini series with William Hurt in it.
 

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Entertained and thoroughly unnerved. Well played, good sir. Well-played.
 
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