New to the forum and realtively new to driving electric (I got my Volt in June of 2012). I have a question.
I live in Illinois where the temperatures now are in the upper 40's overnight and in teh 60's during the day.
When I got the Volt whe I would charge my vehicle overnight to full charge the estimate range was 47-49 miles when I started out. This was during the hottest part of the Summer when the temps ranged from the 80's overnight to the low 100's daytime. Even sitting outside at the train station the car kept this expected range (which usually was actually achievable!). I was pleasantly surprised.
Since the weather has moderated not only is my full-charge range now about 42 miles, I find the estimate drops like a rock. When I have driven less than .3 miles it goes down by its first mile and then another 1-2 after the next.5 of a mile. Last evening when the temp was about 55 degrees F I gor a total of 38 miles out of the charge.
I should add that the tires are properly inflated, the car is garaged overnight (unheated but enclosed all the same) and I drive within speed limits and with the "eco" sign dead center and green.
I realize the published range is only 34-36 miles but I am wondering if this indicates a problem with the car, if it indicates the computer has settled down into my driving habits and is simply more accurate, and most importantly what I should expect when it get REALLY cold up here this Winter.
Anyone want to offer their experiences or advice on this? Aside from that one concern I am loving the car!