02 Sep '13, 7pm

The Volt Experience: Using it like an owner

The Volt Experience: Using it like an owner

Following an overnight charge, I drove it to the Detroit area and back Saturday night, burning 4.1 gal. of gas in 180.9 miles at mostly freeway speeds. That resulted in 44.0 composite mpg and left 110 miles of gasoline range. When I plugged it in at 1:00 a.m., the Volt told me its battery would be fully charged at 4:15 p.m. the next day. Yes, 120V is slow! That trip totaled 139.4 miles on 3.0 gallons for a composite 45.2 mpg. But Sunday afternoon I had to pick up my wife and her sister at the Grand Rapids airport (about 70 miles west) at 3:30 p.m., so I departed at 2:15 with an indicated 34 miles of EV range (and 145 total) on the gauges. Once both ladies and their luggage were comfortably aboard, I topped off the Volt's tank with 6.5 gallons of premium (Chevy requires the high-octane gas and says it adds 5-10 percent efficiency by enabling more spark advance and a higher ...

Full article: http://green.autoblog.com/2013/09/02/the-volt-experience-...

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