Originally Posted by sharpie510
Hi, I just picked up my 2013 Volt yesterday.
For the longevity of the battery pack, would it be better to recharge as often as you can or wait for a particular % full or run it all the way down?
I usually will be driving 5 consecutive days of 10 mile trips. Should I recharge each night, or perhaps wait until the third day (after 30 miles) or fourth day (40 miles) to recharge? I'm pretty sure I can get the 40 on my commute without using the on-board generator. My goal is to maximize the longevity of the battery pack within reason.
The battery pack has a management system that takes care of the battery at all times. For this reason alone it is best to plug in when ever possible so that it can work from grid power instead of the battery. If you are worried about the battery building a "memory", don't. These batteries don't have memory issues. Also, this forum doesn't get much traffic, most Volt owners visit GM-Volt dot com, it is very active and you can get lots of info there. Welcome to the Volt club and don't worry about the battery just enjoy the car.
Oh, I almost forgot, also check out voltstats dot net. You can sign up for free and it will track your mileage thru Onstar.