2014 Chevy Volt Displays 60 Electric Miles On Full Charge – Video

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 31

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The 2014 Chevrolet Volt has an official EPA electric range of 38 miles, but for most Volt owners, beating that figure is a daily occurrence.

We’ve heard stories from perhaps a few hundred Chevy Volt owners claiming to often exceed 50 miles on electricity.

There are even some Chevy Volt owners who’ve broke into the 60-mile club.

As this video shows, this Chevy Volt is displaying an estimated 60 miles of electric range.  This figure is based on previous driving sessions and is an estimate the vehicle provides to the driver.

Getting into the 60-mile club isn’t easy, as it requires skilled driving techniques.  However, we’ve witnessed countless first-hand accounts of Volt owners breaking into the 50-mile club without even trying to.

Clearly, the 38-mile EPA range is conservative and that’s fine by us.  But as Spring’s warmer weather is upon us, Volt owners across the nation will enjoy 40, 50 or even 60-plus miles of electric range.

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31 responses to "2014 Chevy Volt Displays 60 Electric Miles On Full Charge – Video"

  1. scottf200 says:

    I drove 50 in my 2011 last week. Remember the 2013s got a little more (0.5kWh) battery capacity but still 60 miles est is great.
    Wikipedia: “The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has a 16 kWh / 45 Ah (10.4 kWh usable) lithium-ion battery pack … Capacity of the battery pack was increased to 16.5 kWh (10.9 kWh usable) for 2013 models.

  2. Mark H says:

    I drove back-to-back 200 miles identical trips this weekend to pick up family. The weather both days was identical. Drove 50 miles AER including interstate driving and averaged 48MPG on gas only for the remaining 200 miles.

    Drove it again with four persons and had 46 AER and 42 MPG gas only. Plenty of passing torque even fully loaded with 4 persons and their luggage.

    Second year of ownership and zero battery degradation, at least that one can experience based on the way GM protected part of the battery.

    Yes, the Volt only seats four and is not well suited for people much over six feet, but like many of the first EVs, GM has a lot to be proud of in this EREV. All electric when you want it, gas when you need it. Many great EVs to choose from now but this early model does not disappoint.

    1. Wallace says:

      A guy at work is over 7 feet and he says the front seat fits him perfect. Remember, the front seats of GM vehicles are very adjustable and made for tall people. This is why the rear seats of the Volt look so cramped, we got dealers setting the front seats all the way back. If you set the front seats to an average person height, the rear will be sufficient.

    2. Ziv says:

      Mark, I am 6’4″, 220 lbs, so I am a fairly big guy and the Volt is more than big enough for me to sit comfortably, even with a baseball cap on. The B Pillar obstructs lateral vision a bit due to the fact that the front seat is so far back though.

      I drive with four people in the car once a week and the way I work it is that since I am the biggest in the car I have the most petite woman sit behind me. She is 5’3″ or so, and she is always telling me to move the seat back to give myself more room. That sounds pretty impressive, until I admit that every time she gets in the back, I have my seat moved way up 5 or 6″ and the steering wheel pushed up and forward. I would not want to drive more than an hour or two with anyone behind me. If I was 6’1, it wouldn’t be as much of an issue.

  3. David Murray says:

    I don’t really see the significance of this. He probably drove down hill or something for a long time on his last charge, so the computer is giving him an optimistic estimate.

    1. Mark H says:

      Agreed David. The only significance to me is an opportunity to discuss that minus the cold months, the normal driver is going to get 42+ AER and can achieve 50 AER with little difficulty for “years” of ownership. GMs design has yet to show any loss of range to my knowledge. Here is probably the most important concept when dealing with an EREV like the Chevy Volt. What if it does drop 20% in eight years? Will there be a battery replacement????? The answer in the vast majority of cases is no. What once was 42+ at 98 MPGe (or even higher if you make you own via solar) and then 38+ MPG >>>>> is now 34+ AER and 38+ MPG. Hard to tell at this point, but it looks like the well managed Volt very well will beat the 20%. With the EREV, PHEV, and HEV there is little risk.

    2. Wallace says:

      It does not work that way. Trying to get 60 mile estimate means you would have to be averaging that for quite some time. Very hard to do. My 2012 Volt will not show more than 50 no matter what. That is Max. My 2014 Volt shows higher. I get it at 52 regularly. My best range ever so far is 62.1 miles and after that my estimated range was still at 52 the next day. So you would have to do over 60 regularly to nudge your estimate over to 60.

      1. Ziv says:

        I have a 2013 and I drive fairly assertively, and my predicted AER is usually around 47-48 miles in the spring and early summer. I have some hills that I have to climb every day and that really makes a difference, even when you get some of it back on the downhill regen.
        It would be cool to see 50+ miles smiling back at me in the am, but I don’t think I am going to see it.

      2. Mark H says:

        Here is how you do it. You set you reset counter when the engine comes on. The number quoted is straight gas.

  4. CherylG says:

    As EV drivers we are all well aware that we have a fixed amount of charge and the rate we use that charge is dependent on many factors, several of which are controlled by the driver controls such as speed and HVAC use and route i.e. driving downhill

    1. Mark H says:

      @CherylG “As EV drivers we are all well aware”

      Which EV do you drive CherylG?

      1. Anon says:

        Well, pretty sure it’s not a Tesla…

      2. krona2k says:

        I’m pretty sure it’s an invisible EV of the non existent type.

        1. kdawg says:

          So you’re saying she’s Wonder Woman? 🙂

          1. MMcI says:

            Oh! Oh! Can I have an invisible jet? PLEEEEEASE?

  5. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    Heh, I’ll never get that high, but last spring I was able to get up to 42 displayed.. >50% of my commute is at 70mph+..

    1. Big Solar says:

      Are you able to charge at work??

      1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

        Yup, a bit over 4MWh year-to-date on public charging, for $50.

        1. pjwood says:

          That works to 26kwh per day? Are you public charging, at home?

    2. kdawg says:

      That’s about like me. In the summer, I get 40 miles when I drive 55mph or less. On the expressway at 70mph+ I consistently get 33 miles. It all depends on how fast you drive.

  6. SIvad says:

    Not to diminish people achieving high mileage with the Volt but there is a trick one can use to achieve those numbers. I haven’t reached 60 miles but easily 50 miles many times.

    I live in Atlanta so it is very hilly. When driving on the highway where I know I won’t make my entire trip in pure EV I will Hold going up hills and switch to EV going down hills. After about 70 miles your EV range on the gauge will start showing greater and greater distance. After recharging rinse and repeat and it wouldn’t take long for your EV range to show that with your current driving style you will get 60 miles in EV mode.

    The gauge shows the higher number because it assumes that every time you are driving in EV mode you are going much farther per kwh than you really are because you are using the ICE to put you at the top of each hill. The ICE gauge and EV gauge are separate so they don’t affect each other.

    If one were inclined to test this to the maximum effect one could use the ICE to drive to the top of a 5,000 ft peak and then drive in EV down to the bottom. The EV range on the gauge would definitely go way beyond it’s natural limit.

    1. SIvad says:

      Hopefully we will see that 60 miles on the gauge every time we start the 2016 model.

    2. pjwood says:

      Well said. I’ve gotten to 62 miles, on one charge this way. It took me over 200 miles to get it, and I think the estimator would require a couple days of big hill engine driving. So, I agree, but am still impressed how easily I’ve gotten above 50, with little effort, in the summer. Sub-90 degrees really doesn’t affect the Volt much.

  7. Guess-o-meter values are just that. It would be a story if he actually drove 60 miles on a charge.

    1. Thomas J. Thias says:

      He actually could go 60 miles for about a buck of electric fuel assuming he continued the next 60 miles driving as he had done.

      With the cost of a gallon of gasoline pushing $4+ in some parts of the country, this dynamic becomes very apparent.
      For $4 worth of gas I can drive 23 miles according to the most recent EPA Fleet Average and as seen on the MPG disclaimer on current New Car Monroney Stickers.
      For about $1 worth of electric fuel, according to Mr. Volt Owners recent achievement, he could drive 60 miles.
      Were he to sustain this, he could drive 240 miles for the cost of a gallon of gas, city, suburban, mild weather driving!
      Now, that an accomplishment!
      Extreme case, I know, but as a Volt Owner, I save $200 a month, every month in fuel costs!
      -For the record,the 2011MY- 2012MY Chevy Volt EREV’s capped the AER prediction at 50 miles.

      Now, bring in FREE Electric Fueled Vehicle Refueling at work and at thousands of merchant, business and company electric filling stations and out of pocket electric fuel costs can drop to near ZERO!

      Link Goes To Tens Of Thousands Of EV Electric Filling Stations, many, FREE.
      Zoom in, Way in-

      http://www.plugshare.com/

      Begins to explain some very high MPG numbers showing at the Chevy Volt EREV, OnStar Data Dump known as:

      http://www.voltstats.net/

      The Stunning Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Luxury Coup seems to be headed this way as well:

      http://www.voltstats.net/ELR

      Stunning Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Coupe, Board Leader- 909 MPG as of May 25, 2014 at 1:15am EST.

      http://www.voltstats.net/ELR/Stats/Details/4884

      And, of course our good friend and Volt EREV Owner, Ari, #1Real_EV , @Plug1N_Volt at 51,000 miles+ and 3,421+ MPG! ( Miles Driven VS Gas Used)-

      http://www.voltstats.net/Stats/Details/371

      This all is significant!

      Best-

      Thomas J. Thias

      517-749-0532

      Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

  8. Jouni Valkonen says:

    This is just ridiculous! There are no limits for the attention seeking of people. . .

    1. Brian says:

      +1

      I think there is also a bit of the author trying to redeem himself from previously anti-Volt stories.

  9. Ari Colin says:

    I’ve broken 70 miles in my 2012 Volt. Requires driving pretty slowly though to go that many miles on one charge. This was with no elevation change.

    http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?57977-70.7-EV-Miles-On-One-Charge-in-my-12-Volt&p=754161#post754161

  10. Foo says:

    There’s one thing I learned in the article… the Volt’s graphic displays are hideous.

    1. George Parrott says:

      We are on our second Volt after turning our early 2011 back at the end of that lease. Personally we find the Volt graphic screens very good, clear, easy to read in all lighting conditions, and highly informative.

      We averaged around 41-43 AER with the 2011 and are around 43-46 miles AER with the 2014. At just under 4000 cumulative miles on the 2014, our overall fuel use is 202 mpg. With solar panels on the roof ALL our electricity is “free.”

  11. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Personaly best is only 48 miles for me.

    I know. I have a “lead” foot.

    But I have taken it to the top speed already… =)