I've made a couple of longer trips of mixed suburban & highway driving in "L" now. On 100% Battery I got 54.5 on one and just over 55 miles on the other. In both, I drove pretty carefully, coasting where I could and accelerating at speeds that I would have cursed other drivers for when I was young. (Having other people on your tail makes stretching the battery juice when accelerating or braking a little less fun).
So, I am sold on "L" for most driving, with the exception of driving on limited-access highways when traffic is light- "L" slowed me a bit too fast sometimes on the highway.
Questions for the experienced here:
-Is it ever bad for the hardware to drive in "L" in "Sport" or "Mountain" Modes?
-I imagine that the terrain has a lot to do with the answer to this, but in general, is "L"/Normal always the best combination for mileage on 100% battery?
-Does coasting in "D" and braking lightly provide about the same amount of regen compared to "L" and little or no braking?
-When the ICE kicks in, do you still drive in "L" and try to help charge the battery with moves to maximize regen? It seems from the "Power Flow" graphic, there is still significant regen going on even in ICE mode. Does regen during ICE travel increase gas mileage- or just a little extra battery when driving under 25 mph?
-I have yet to drive with the traction control off- does that affect driving in "L" much?
-If you are out on a nice dry road surface is there a power benefit to turning off the traction control at all?
More questions to come, I am sure, as I try to figure this all out.
2012 Chevy Volt #4471
Cyber Gray Metallic
Back-Up Camera/Proximity Sensors
Driver has big smile on face most of the time