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Old 10-24-2016, 12:40 PM   #71 (permalink)
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The heater seems to use more battery reserve than the AC does in the Volt.

I had the heater on for a while this morning de-fogging the windows and I ended up using 4.4 kWh on the way to work, where I was averaging about 4 kWh using the eco AC setting a week ago.

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Based on my reading lately about EVs, that sounds about right. It surprised me too.
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The heater seems to use more battery reserve than the AC does in the Volt.

I had the heater on for a while this morning de-fogging the windows and I ended up using 4.4 kWh on the way to work, where I was averaging about 4 kWh using the eco AC setting a week ago.

6kw-8kw vrs 2kw

There is also a battery heater that kicks in below 50F
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But you can set it up to preheat at a certain time while still charging, right?
Or was it the Leaf?
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But you can set it up to preheat at a certain time while still charging, right?
Or was it the Leaf?

Sort of, activate preheat.

Personally, I go out early and idle the car heat off to preheat and burp the battery in cold weather
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The Volt only has a resistive heater instead of a heat pump. Not very efficient, but the gas engine is there for really cold weather.

I use the fan setting unless it's really cold. The air heat drains the battery quick. With the seat heaters going, it's not bad.

Don't forget to air the tires back up if the pressure dropped. That impacts range too.
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The car showed 43 miles of range this morning, adding another mile to the estimated range after a full charge
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Burnt through a tenth of a kWh last night on the way home schooling a git-er-done in his F150 on how awesome my Volt is.

He had been driving like an idiot right on my back bumper for a couple of blocks until he finally got enough room to haul ass around me into the fast lane, but of course I caught up to him sitting at the next light. I eased up next to him, gave him a thumbs up, put it in sport mode and when that light turned green I kept him in my rear view mirror until he turned off a few blocks later in shame.

Definitely worth the nickel it cost me. Of course it didn't help my fuel log, giving me the worst mpg I've seen so far
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The car gave my awesome display of its speed the other night a big ole thumbs-down by granting me one less mile of estimated range the last two mornings. Instead of the 43 miles I had worked up to, it now gives me 42 miles of range.

My wife started back to work this week and she rode home with me last night. The shortest route when I pick her up is right at 43 miles (the very limit of my estimated EV range), and I managed to make it home on EV with a passenger, and one who wanted me to put the AC on "comfort" mode i.l.o. my standard "eco" mode!
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I'm not sure what the difference is between eco and comfort. I think there's a wider band of allowable temperatures for eco mode. If you have the temperature set to 70, then anything between 75 and 65 is ok. Or maybe there's just a limited amount of total power for the hvac.

Have you been preconditioning?

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