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07/09/12
Actual EV range of our Volt
Filed under: Electric Vehilces, Our Chevy Volt
Posted by: Guy @ 9:39 pm

The EPA has rated the Chevy Volt To have a nominal 35 mile EV range.  I have no idea why they chose to underrate it and misrepresent the Volt’s real capacity.  Perhaps they assume that everyone who buys a Volt will drive it like a lead foot in a 1970s land yacht.  In reality my wife and I have found that we are getting between 43 and 47 mile range in electric mode, and occasionally as much as 63 miles.  This is based on using minimal climate control and driving in L mode exclusively which yields much better regenerative charging of the battery.  I suspect that our winter electric range will diminish considerably when the temperatures stay below freezing for several months here in Maine.  Of course we both have more than 11 years experience driving hybrid vehicles, so we are not your typical first electric vehicle buyer.  So if you are considering purchasing a Volt, do not be deceived by the EPA’s rating which is extremely conservative. 


One Response to “Actual EV range of our Volt”

  1. Jodie S Says:
    Guy, it’s always fascinating to read about your projects and the benefits you are finding from your work and efforts. Thanks for sharing the information. It gives me ideas.