ElectricVehicle wrote:If you program your destination into the Volt navigation system, the Volt uses the calculated route and terrain information to improve the accuracy of its range estimate.
Note sure where you came up with that? Sources? Are you trying to spread a false rumor and discredit the Volts estimated mileage accuracy or am I misreading your comment? Also there is no terrain information in the NAV as far as I know.
That's a heavy handed attack. You could just ask politlely. And for that reason, the source is an unnamed, prominent Chevy Volt representative, employed by Chevy. Several other were present as said rep insisted that consumers never need to know state of charge because the Volt range o meter is accurate enough under all conditions, according to him. There's more data out there than you are aware of, and not all of it can be publicly disclosed.
I don't have access to a Volt. If you do, program the Nav system for a destination with a steep uphill climb and no downhill, say a mountain top.
If you can report back the range the Volt reports vs. what it would be for a trip on flat roads, we can see objectively if terrain is used in the range o meter. If it isn't, it should be, but range o meters have a long ways to go in terms of accuracy and predicting the future, especially when the future destination is unknown to the car, ie. not programmed into the NAV system.
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