How to drive a chevy volt
How to drive a Chevy volt using regenerative braking on demand for maximum
electric range, and best fuel efficiency.
Chevrolet Volt Review - Long Distance Trip
Check out one of the first documented long distance trips in the new
Chevrolet Volt. This ten hour trip was from Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia.
See how the Volt switches from battery to gas without any notice.
2013 Chevrolet Volt Hybrid Vehicle
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle manufactured by
General Motors, also marketed in rebadged variants as the Holden Volt in
Australia and New Zealand, and with a different fascia as the Vauxhall
Ampera in the United Kingdom and as the Opel Ampera in the remainder of
The Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until its plug-in
battery capacity drops to a predetermined threshold from full charge. From
there its internal combustion engine powers an electric generator to extend
the vehicle's range as needed. When the engine is running it may be
periodically mechanically linked (by a clutch) to a planetary gear set, and
hence the output drive axle, to improve energy efficiency. The Volt's
regenerative braking also contributes to the on-board electricity
generation. Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
cycle, the 2013/14 model year Volt all-electric range is 38 mi (61 km),
with a combined electric mode/gasoline-only rating of 62 mpg-US (3.8 L/100
km; 74 mpg-imp) equivalent (MPG-equivalent).
The Chevrolet Volt has a 16 kW·h / 45 A·h (10.4 kW·h usable) lithium-ion
battery pack that can be charged by plugging the car into a 120-240 VAC
residential electrical outlet using the provided SAE J1772-compliant
charging cord. No external charging station is required. The Volt is
propelled by an electric motor with a peak output of 111 kW (149 hp)
delivering 273 lb·ft (370 N·m) of torque. Capacity of the battery pack
was increased to 16.5 kW·h (10.9 kW·h usable) for 2013 models, which
increased the all-electric range from 35 to 38 mi (56 to 61 km). Other
specifications remained the same. The battery pack capacity was increased
to 17.1 kW·h for 2015 models. This incremental upgrade is likely to
reflect in an improvement in range over previous model years, but as of
July 2014, the 2015 Volt has not been re-certified with the EPA.
While driving, after the Volt battery has dropped to a predetermined
threshold from full charge, a small naturally aspirated 1.4 L 4-cylinder
gasoline fueled internal combustion engine (Opel's Family 0) with
approximately 80 hp (60 kW), powers a 55 kW generator to extend the Volt's
range. The vehicle also has a regenerative braking system. The electrical
power from the generator is sent primarily to the electric motor, with the
excess going to the batteries, depending on the state of charge (SOC) of
the battery pack and the power demanded at the wheels.
The Volt requires premium gasoline with a minimum 91 or octane rating
because the higher octane rating fuel permits the 10.5:1 compression ratio
engine to utilize more ignition timing advance in order to maximize its
fuel efficiency by 5 to 10% as compared to regular gasoline. For users who
drive mostly in electric mode and to avoid maintenance problems caused by
storing the same gasoline in the tank for months, the 2011 Volt has a
sealed and pressurized fuel tank to avoid evaporation, and as a result, the
fuel filler has to be depressurized before opening the tank. Also the
engine management system monitors the time between engine running and it is
programmed to prompt the driver to run past the 40-mile (64 km)
all-electric range before recharging in order to consume some gasoline. If
the driver does not run on gasoline, the system will automatically run the
maintenance mode which starts the engine to consume some of the aging fuel
and circulate the fluids within the engine. A configuration with an E85
flex-fuel capable engine is under development and was expected to be
available in 2013.
Further information: Hybrid vehicle drivetrain
The Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) definition of a hybrid vehicle
states that the vehicle shall have "two or more energy storage systems both
of which must provide propulsion power, either together or
independently." General Motors has avoided the use of the term "hybrid"
when describing its Voltec designs, even after the carmaker revealed that
in some cases the combustion engine provided some assist at high speeds or
to improve performance. Instead General Motors describes the Volt as an
electric vehicle equipped with a "range extending" gasoline powered
internal combustion engine (ICE) as a genset and therefore dubbed the Volt
an "Extended Range Electric Vehicle" or E-REV. In a January 2011 interview,
the Chevy Volt's Global Chief Engineer, Pamela Fletcher, referred to the
Volt as "an electric car with extended range."
Basic powertrain configuration of a series hybrid vehicle, one of the two
possible modes of the Chevrolet Volt when operated as range-extender
DRIVE- 2011 Chevrolet Volt
Unless you've been isolated in a yurt distilling organic fuel for your
bio-diesel hybrid, it's been tough to miss the hype of the Chevrolet Volt.
The extended range electric vehicle is now available in select markets. Tom
Voelk takes a look to see if it's worth getting amped up over.
Chevrolet Volt Test Drive Impressions
After a five hour stint with the Volt, I offer up some impressions. Driven
from downtown Los Angeles, up to Mulholland Drive and then to the Angeles
Chevy Volt Test Drive
GM has been hyping the Chevrolet Volt for years and now Autoline has
finally had a chance to drive the company's extended-range EV. Is it a
game changer like GM says it is or does it fall short of the hype? Click
"play" to find out.
Chevy Volt Commercial
Commercial for the 2011 Chevy Volt "UnPlug".
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channel. This was done on spec. Thanks for watching!
Dir.- Luke Wahl
DP.- Tomi Skarica
Edit- Daniel Loyd
Starring- Breanne Martin and Omar the Dog
Music- Wild Nothing - "Chinatown"
A Company Moves Production
2013 Chevrolet Volt Range Extending EV / Plug In Hybrid Review
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
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2016 Chevy VOLT Walkaround Overview @ Detroit Auto Show 2015
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Product Manager for Chevrolet gives us an up close and personal look at the
new 2016 Volt. The new Volt was revealed for the first time at the 2015
Detroit Auto Show featuring an all new design from the ground up on both
the exterior and interior.
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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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2013 Chevy Volt owner review 230 MPG, + OnStar app review Inverness Florida
The lifetime is 230 MPG over 6000 miles. This is our fourth hybrid since
2006, two Prius, one Honda CRZ and now the Volt. I call it my cheap Tesla
as it stays in electric 90% of the time. We got a demo 2013 Volt with only
3000 miles on it for $28k. If you want to see all the owners go here
http://www.voltstats.net/Stats/OwnerMap And to find EV plugs go here
http://www.plugshare.com/ The music is from Julia Othmer
http://www.juliaothmer.com/music.cfm My first Volt review is here
My latest Volt video is here; http://youtu.be/6qaHcnntLG8