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  •  Cold weather in the Volt (3+ / 0-)
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    hungeski, Lujane, 6ZONite

    When the ambient temperature drops to 25 degrees or lower.   The engine will turn on for a minute or two.   It will usually burn 0.03 gallons each time it turns on.   The engine turn on in order to warm fluids for the climate control.   This generally happens every 10 minutes or so.

    Range really drops pretty significantly in colder temperatures.   I'm in DC area and my 40 mile r/t commute is right at the edge of the range.   I actually do not run the heat on my commute so I can go gas free.   I do preheat the cabin off of the grid prior to leaving.   I just wear a coat and gloves!

    Now this spring with 70+ degree days, I complete my commute usually with 10-12 miles of range left compared to 2-3 on the coldest of days.

    The electric heat really kills the range of the Volt more than anything else.   There is no way to tell the Volt to turn the engine on NOW.   The Ampera (European Volt) has a mode called "Hold".   This causes the Engine to run now and will save the battery for later.   Supposedly the 2013 Volt will have this option.  

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