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2013 Chevrolet Volt Range Extending EV / Plug In Hybrid Review
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Join us as we take an in-depth look at General Motors' first plug-in hybrid
which they prefer to call an EV with a range extender. We talk
infotainment, drivetrain, batteries, charging, hop in the trunk and take it
on the road.
The Chevrolet Volt may be the most maligned and least understood car on the
market. After a week of strange questions and bipolar reactions to GM's
plug-in hybrid, I came to a conclusion. GM's marketing of the Volt stinks.
By calling the Volt an "Electric Vehicle (EV) with a range extender," a
huge segment of the population can't get past "Electric" and immediately
cross the Volt off their list. There is also [strangely] a segment of the
population that says, "that's great but I want a hybrid." Guess what? The
Volt is a hybrid.
Before we dive into the Volt, it's important to know how hybrid systems
work. GM's Belt-Alternator-Starter, Mercedes' S400 Hybrid and Honda's IMA
hybrids are all systems where the engine is always connected and even if
the car is capable of "EV" mode, the engine is spinning. Porsche, VW,
Infiniti and others use a pancake motor and clutch setup to disconnect the
engine from the motor and transmission allowing a "pure EV" mode. Honda's
new Accord has a 2-mode setup where the motor drives the wheels via a fixed
ratio gearset, the engine drives a motor and above 45MPH a clutch engages,
linking the engine and motor together at a ratio of roughly 1:1. Ford,
Toyota and the Volt use a planetary gearset "power splitting" device. Yes,
the Volt uses a hybrid system that although not identical, is thematically
similar to Ford & Toyota's hybrid system.
Say what? I thought GM said it was a serial hybrid? Yes, GM did at some
point say that and I think that has caused more confusion than anything
else about the Volt. The bankrupt Fisker Karma is only a serial hybrid. The
engine drives a generator, the generator powers the battery and the motor
to move the car forward. At no point can the engine provide any motive
power to the wheels except via the electrical connection.
The Volt's innovation is that it can operate like a Fisker Karma or like a
Prius. It is therefore both a serial and a parallel hybrid. To do this, GM
alters the power split device power flow VS the Ford/Toyota design. Then
they add a clutch allowing the gasoline engine to be mechanically isolated
from the wheels. And finally they add software with a whole new take on a
Chevy Volt Sub-Zero Start and Drive
Does an electric car even work when it is -12f? Sure! Also a tour of remote
start, key fob remote range, and navigation system.
Road-tripping in a Volt: http://youtu.be/Fdua40hYdpk
Chevy Volt - 9 Months and 9000 miles with this amazing GM hybrid electric car [Review]
http://www.redferret.net/?p=34759 .The Chevy Volt is charging ahead in the
electrifying battle to become the #1 plug in hybrid. OK, so how cheesy an
opening is that, but the reality is that for the first time since the horse
drawn carriage, gasoline is slowly becoming more of an optional part of the
personal transportation equation. At least that's the way it seems right
now...gas powered skateboards may change the balance once again if they get
popular. But I digress.
The Volt isn't the first electric car, nor is it the sportiest (hello
Fisker Karma), or the one with furthest range (nice to meet you Tesla Model
S), the cheapest, the largest, the shiniest, and it can't make balloon
However...it is definitely a landmark vehicle.
The Chevy Volt is simply the most practical plug in hybrid ever created,
and I am not surprised that it won the European Car of the Year at the
Geneva Motor Show this summer
combines a 35-40 mile electric range with a surprisingly agile internal
combustion engine (aka "gas engine"). Of course, electric driving range is
just one feature, even a golf cart can stagger a few miles on an electric
The Volt however manages to combine plug-in technology and practicality in
a fun-to-drive package, and the result is a vehicle which achieves a
phenomenal gas mileage while at the same time offering conventional sedan
style comfort and style. And what other car comes with not just one, but
two smartphone apps to keep you informed and in touch with your vehicle?
Most importantly, you don't need to worry about running out of battery
charge half way to your destination, as with other electric vehicles.
We definitely haven't seen the last of this kind of imaginative and
innovative technology. Check out my video review below which bursts quite a
number of myth balloons about this brave engineering gamble from General
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2014 Chevy Volt Test Drive & Plug-In Hybrid Car Video Review
http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/volt/2014/?id=32972 For commuters that
average less than 40 miles, the Chevrolet Volt is the perfect car as you
have just enough juice to run on electricity alone. And for the 2014 model
year, Chevy has knocked $5k off the sticker price. The Volt now costs
$34,185 before and Federal or State Tax Credits. The Volt was seen for the
first time back in 2007 at the Detroit Auto Show and today this plug-in
hybrid is the best-selling car in the segment. The 2014 Chevy Volt has
slightly better fuel economy and a slightly better range when compared to
the previous year.
On the outside, the Volt's styling is very distinctive and unique. Out back
the taillights are stamped to look like a circuit board. The front fascia
is very contemporary but with a definite Chevrolet flair. The overall look
fits the Volt well and the shape is very aerodynamic with a drag
coefficient of 0.281.
Under the hood there is no Chevy 350, instead the Volt is powered by a
Voltec Electric Drive unit that produces 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of
torque. After the 40 miles of electric range is used, the batteries are
then recharged via a 1.4 liter engine that acts a s range extender.
The car tested here has been optioned out to the max and includes cool
stuff like: a leather wrapped steering wheel, heated leather seats, and
MyLink Touch Screen infotainment system. That same system allows you to
monitor all of the car's efficiency dynamics. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is a
4-passenger hatchback that is surprisingly comfortable.
With a full tank of gas you will be able to go 385 miles and on EV mode
alone the range is 38 miles. Even though the Volt is a Plug-In hybrid car,
it still drives just like a normal gasoline powered car. Overall the car is
comfortable, spacious, and drives very well. Most commuters should really
consider a plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt.
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Cars.com's Chevy Volt at 18,000 Miles
It's now been more than a year and 18,000 miles since we bought our 2011
Chevrolet Volt. After having the car for so long, we'd like to share some
of our lasting likes and dislikes about the car to give you an
all-encompassing view of our time with the plug-in hybrid. Overall, we're
pretty satisfied with the Volt, and despite its quirky cabin configuration
and powertrain, this is a real car that can accommodate everyday use,
according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder.
Vauxhall Ampera (Chevrolet Volt) hatchback review - CarBuyer
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Competition in the eco car segment is hotting up, and the Vauxhall Ampera
is a real contender. Its CO2 emissions are lower than any efficient diesel
or hybrid currently on the market. That means there's no road tax to pay,
and it's exempt from the London Congestion Charge, too. The Ampera can be
plugged into the mains to charge up the batteries (a process which takes
around four hours) and can run on electricity alone for around 50 miles, so
you shouldn't need a drop of petrol for most journeys. And even when you do
need to travel a bit further, economy is so good that you will rarely have
to visit a petrol station. But for all of its green credentials, the Ampera
offers strong performance. It's fast, features sporty looks and an
attractive high-spec interior. All this comes at a price though, as the
Ampera is more expensive than its hybrid and all-electric competitors. And
if you think it looks familiar, that's because it's the same car underneath
as the Chevrolet Volt.
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The Chevy Volt Controversy - Autoline This Week #1616
It won nearly every serious automotive award and had a huge carbon-free
footprint of positive reviews from critics and consumers alike. So if
that's the case, why is the Volt GM's slowest selling product? More than
that, why does there seem to be such a negative charge to the car? People
across the country who have never even seen a Volt let alone driven this
engineering marvel have nothing good to say about it, confounding both auto
analysts and company executives
On Autoline This Week John McElroy and his panel look at the strange state
of GM's engineering masterpiece the Volt. Joining John on the panel are Joe
White of the Wall Street Journal, Manny Lopez from the Michigan Capitol
Confidential and Gary Witzenburg an auto journalist and former engineer on
GM's original electric project, the EV1.
Chevy Volt vs. Nissan LEAF
There's a lot of controversy comparing the Nissan LEAF to the Chevy Volt,
but it all has to do with whether or not the Volt is truly an electric car,
or whether it's a hybrid. But let's set their powertrains aside for the
moment. John McElroy just got a chance to test drive both cars, back to
back, and here's his impression of what the they're like.
Life With The 2011 Chevrolet Volt HD Video Review
http://drivencarreviews.com/ There's been a lot written about the
Chevrolet Volt. Some think it's brilliant, others feel it's hype. Does it
really go 40 miles on a full battery charge? Will it save the average
viewer money? Tom Voelk uses Volt as his only vehicle for a full week to
find the answers in this extended cut video.