In the Chevy Volt, running AC or Heat saps the battery quicker.
While plugged in the remote start feature for the vehicle may not always start the engine. Temperature dependent.
The Remote Starting System also activates the Climate Control, vented seats (if equipped) in temperatures above 80° F (26.7° C), the optional heated seats, optional heated steering wheel, optional heated mirrors and rear defroster in temperatures below 40° F (4.4° C).
Hi cparmerlee,I have a trip I do weekly that is about 50 miles. If I put it on cruise about 62 MPH, I will generally get 36-38 miles before the gas engine first turns on. Never less than 35 miles even with the AC on with very high outside temps.
But twice now (this morning was the second time), I have gotten only 30 miles on the battery. I believe in both cases the cabin heater came on. The outside temp was 68. The cabin setting was 70. I wouldn't think that should turn the heater on at all. I am guessing the "heater" is simply a resistor coil, and not a heat pump.
I have several questions:
- Has anybody else seen this behavior?
- Is this really resistor heating? If the engine is warm, will the car use the coolant for heating?
- How much worse will it be in the winter when it is below freezing?
- What are the settings to keep the heater from coming on?
- Is there any way with the Uconnect app to turn on the car while it is still connected to the charger without causing the gas engine to come on? In other words, warm up the cabin inside the garage before opening the garage door?
These figures are for the range, not MPGe.The average MPGe for the PHEV is:
electric MPGe = 33
gas MPGe = 533
Yeah, I hate the whole "temperature setting gauge" for the cabin. For me it's always been about relative temperature: I either want it colder or warmer than it currently is, or like you, I just want some air flowing. I don't care about absolute temperature.I've had a Highlander hybrid for the last 10 years and found that having the fan on at all would have a noticeable effect on mileage. This is a vehicle where the engine is on most of the time anyway. However, it seems that even when you aren't "heating" or cooling and just circulating air, it seems to have a bit of a drain on things. My mileage definitely went up once I kept that stuff off.
Here's a question - is there any way to just turn on a vent fan in the cabin without the system trying to change the temperature based upon your climate setting? Sometimes I just want it to not be stuffy, but I don't need AC or heat. For instance, if it's raining or I'm on the highway, I'd rather not open the windows.
same here ...temps are getting cooler so now only getting around 50km rangeI'm losing 20% electric range now with the cooler weather. But it's not that cold yet so I'm not sure if this is normal or not. I haven't been driving much so let's see how it fares. Got my winter tires on now, will post pics later.