my 2013 Chevy volt doesn't charge more than 30 miles.

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my 2013 Chevy volt doesn't charge more than 30 miles.

Postby panked08 » Tue May 23, 2017 10:39 am

what could have gone wrong? it use to charge 40+ miles since we bought it and suddenly since past couple of months it only charges 30 miles.
Problem started with, one day it suddenly stopped charging kind of dead plug, delership did some replacement of car holder and charge cable. for the first week it showed 43 miles charged grid and in 1/2 mile it dropped 15 miles in a blink. we explained the issue, left car few times, but they said they could not reproduce it if they do then only they will fix it. since after those visits it is only charging 30 miles. it's very frustrating. had anyone such issue?
please pour some suggestions.

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Re: my 2013 Chevy volt doesn't charge more than 30 miles.

Postby Tommylaws1 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:46 am

I don't have a clear answer for you but somewhere, remember reading that there is a 'fix' for this by depleting/recharging the battery in a certain sequence. It may have been on YouTube. Talked a look.

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Re: my 2013 Chevy volt doesn't charge more than 30 miles.

Postby Hamsicco » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:40 pm

What does it mean to contact him or not?

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Re: my 2013 Chevy volt doesn't charge more than 30 miles.

Postby eibenski » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:45 pm

When got my 2014 Volt @ 20,000 miles (lease return) it was showing 32. That's the average distance it went with the driving style of the previous owner. Since then, it has been as high as 49 in the summer (really working it) to a low of 27 in the winter (electric heater on a lot) it moves up and down according to driving style.

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Re: my 2013 Chevy volt doesn't charge more than 30 miles.

Postby AuspieNinja » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:28 am

I had a similar issue. Here's my saga as a new Volt owner (of a 2014)... you can skip to the bottom if you don't want to read my rant.
So I called the "Volt" Support contact in the mychevrolet app. The person I spoke with didn't even know they had Volt Support Specialists. They're foreign agents who can't have a complex conversation in English.
So I went to a Chevy dealership I was near that day (not the one I bought the car from) to try to find an answer. Their Volt Tech woman's answers were "well, it depends on the way you drive", "it could be a lot of things", "older cars have battery degradation". Yeah, but not 10 miles! And I CAN GUESS MYSELF!
So how do you determine if the battery's bad? "The car will tell you." (Right, I would never trust this as it would magically come at the 100,001 mile mark.)
How do you test the battery? "The way you test any battery. You hook it up. It just takes longer."
So how do I solve this? "The battery's under warranty."
>> I've had the car ONE day and she's suggesting warranty work!
Don't they test the battery for the CPO? "I don't know."
Well doesn't every dealership do the same CPO? "It depends on the dealership you bought it from."
Seriously? But it's backed by Chevy! ... blank stare.
You're Chevy! ... blank stare.
Every which way I asked, every answer was illogical. If I have a car that is designed to charge to 38 miles range, it should charge to 38 miles range and the people who do this so they can eat should be able to explain this to me. Without an attitude.
I told her if I can't get answers I would have to take the car back. She just shrugged.
That's when, at my wit's end, I looked her and said, "I'm not having a Mercedes experience."
The answer: I called Volt support back hoping to get another agent. Between his English and my Spanish, I got that the number of miles "charged" is a PROJECTION, not a real number. So I read the manual, pumped up the tires, learned how to brake, used the cruise control, preheated the car while it was charging and I'm now up to 35 miles on a charge in 26F weather.

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Re: my 2013 Chevy volt doesn't charge more than 30 miles.

Postby Ricerdo007 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:54 pm

It is a great guide.

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Re: my 2013 Chevy volt doesn't charge more than 30 miles.

Postby Brdwtrmd54 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:03 pm

Right away, I can see this group is going to be useful. I bought my *new* (to me) pre-owned 2015 Chevy Volt YESTERDAY, March 14th, with 61,000 miles on the odo. It is certified, pre-owned (CPO). I did a lot of research, got the car a good bit under NADA, and I am very happy. The car was on the dealer lot for more than 2 months. Yesterday, at “full charge” on taking delivery, it showed a battery range of 28 miles. The dealership was about 65 miles from our home, and I elected to use the HOLD mode, since most of the trip home was highway. I charges at 8 amps overnight to a full charge of 29 miles. At 7:00 a.m., my daughter called from college with pink eye and a sore throat. I drove the first few miles in NORMAL, the highway portion on HOLD, and when I got to her college town, went back to normal, with the return trip handled the same way. Over 300 miles, over and back, averaging 44.7 mpg, with 31 miles of the trip as all electric. I still had 12 miles of charge when I got home. Tonight, I’m charging at 12 amps to see if that makes any difference at full charge, but I am very happy 2 days and 350 miles into our ownership. I will also mention what a solid and competent road car this is! It is quiet, powerful, and it handles beautifully.
-Ted Turner, Hollywood, MD

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