The Chevy Volt has been designed to be able to drive for 40 miles on stored electricity when starting from the point of a fully charged battery. GM has specifically engineered the car around that goal. That range is based on a certain set of assumptions, which includes reasonable driving aggressiveness. Severe aggressive driving with frequent hard accelerations would be expected to reduce the electric-only range.
A question not fully answered is how air conditioning might affect range, considering how highly energy- demanding an application it is.
I recently had the chance to ask Frank Weber who is the Volt vehicle line executive.
Would you say running air conditioning at high capacity will reduce your electric range in the Volt?
Can you say how much?
It is so dependent on the ambient temperature and what your setting is.
How about maximum A/C on a hot day?
We haven’t discussed that (publicly).
Will it be less than 40 miles?
Absolutely. Physics are physics. Its like the electricity bill at your house. The moment you decide to switch the air conditioning on, it is a conscious choice that you will pay for it.
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