Here is a my driving cycle: 37 miles up with an elevation change of 2500'. The return home is the same, only down 2500' elevation.
A little program I wrote predicts AER of 23 miles on the way up. There is no charging station so the rest of the trip is in CS mode. ie 14 miles remaing on the trip up and 37 miles on the way back.
Here is the engineering question: Assuming the volt had the option of selecting which part of the trip I use the ICE, how would I get the least number of gallons burned on the round trip.
Run ICE up the hill?, or drain the battery in the first 23 or so miles and complete the trip on ICE power.
I have formulated an opinion but don't want to taint your input.
What part of the trip would be best to run in all electric?? and what part of the trip would it be best to run the ICE?? (I don't think this is an option in the Volt so just pretend.)
2012 Silver Ice Volt w/ leather and polished aluminum wheels