Volt hypermiling

Discussion in 'Chevrolet Volt' started by wittesvolt, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. wittesvolt

    wittesvolt the electric pushert

    Are there any things that can be done on Chevy volt?
     
  2. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    What did you have in mind?
     
  3. wittesvolt

    wittesvolt the electric pushert

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    Any Improvements on either electric or gas
     
  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney Super Moderator Staff Member

  5. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    The usual stuff works, but no FAS available under your control.

    You can use the Mountain Mode switch on the highway, this forces the engine to operate at a higher, more efficient load point to partially recharge the battery for an additional 15-25 miles of BEV mode, once it runs out and the engine turns on again then cycle the switch again to partially fast charge the battery.

    The folks over at http://gm-volt.com/ should be able to tell you how to do it.

    The new EV Mode switch for the 2013 model will allow you to preserve the battery for city driving, assuming you have some at the end of a long trip.. where it benefits more from stop and go traffic.
     
  6. wittesvolt

    wittesvolt the electric pushert

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    What is Fas?
     
  7. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    forced or full auto stop

    the practice of shutting off your engine once the car reaches a certain speed, then gliding until the speed is scrubbed down to a preset number.. lets say glide from 55mph down to 45mph then restart the engin and accelerate briskly back up to speed. Brisk acceleration is more efficient than mild acceleration, but every car is different. FAS will give you startling mpg results, but you have to know what you are doing and it is a lot of work.. it does keep you awake on long trips :)

    Its considered an advanced hypermiling technique and there are lots of other things that you should master first. The Sonata and Optima hybrids will do it automatically on the highway, switching off the engine and using the battery every couple of minutes or so.
     
  8. wittesvolt

    wittesvolt the electric pushert

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    Is there some simple thing to start with
     
  9. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    yeah, he said it a few posts up:

     
  10. wittesvolt

    wittesvolt the electric pushert

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    didnt find much unknown thanks any way
     
  11. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    dmi
     
  12. wittesvolt

    wittesvolt the electric pushert

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    one last question does the scan guage or x gauge improve FE or just show what it is?
     
  13. lightfoot

    lightfoot Reformed speeder

  14. elem

    elem Well-Known Member

    Re: Volt hypermilling

    Hi Wittesvolt

    Thanks for sharing your impressive mileage log data.
    Judging by that you seem to be in the sweet spot for the volt, nearly all EV miles.
    Trip of 35m means never needing to use the engine?
    Low speed of 37mph means you are probably already close the most efficient for aerodynamics and rolling resistance losses.
    1030 mpg for 1550miles,1.5gal and 413kWh, combined MPGe is 110-112 (GGE 33.7kWh/gallon)

    Look forward to following your progress
    Thanks
    Andrew
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2012
  15. wittesvolt

    wittesvolt the electric pushert

    thanks for the praise and enthusiasm i get 45-50 miles on electric
    and about 45 mpg doing 50 mph on gas. My experiance is even better the i anticipated.
     

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