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.
2011 Chevy Volt Courtesy Chevrolet Test Drive
http://www.CourtesyChev.com Bryan "B" Long takes the all new 2011 Chevrolet
Volt home to test out. Experience his drive in tracking MPG and showing off
cool features of this amazing vehicle. Blong drove the Toyota Prius the
night before and is amazed on how this Chevy Volt stands out. Fit & Finish,
Style, Design, Drive, Technology, and he driving experience is worlds of
difference. You can Test Drive the Chevy Volt at Courtesy Chevrolet 1233 E.
Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85014. 888-267-5511. You can visit our special
Volt page at http://www.Volt-Chevy.com
volt test drive,
2011 Chevrolet Volt Review
Visit Us at: http://LTWTV.us - Mike Herzing from Lets Talk Wheels reviews
the new Chevy Volt.
My week with the Volt was a real eye opener. I can now see the attraction
to the super quiet drive system and infinite MPG that the Volt can provide.
The Volt is developmentally, still in its infancy, but provides many
answers. This car has a great future. - Mike Herzing
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
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.
2011 Chevy Volt Review
MPGomatic.com puts a 2011 Chevrolet Volt to a long-distance test drive [
http://www.mpgomatic.com/2011/06/03/2011-chevrolet-volt-review/ ] rolling
up close to 600 miles.
The game-changing Volt is equipped with a 111 kW electric drive motor that
produces 149 horsepower (HP) and 273 foot
pounds of torque. A 1.4-liter inline four cylinder engine and 55 kW
generator motor are used as a range-extender.
With a full charge, the Volt's EPA (city) electric range is 35 miles. When
the battery is depleted, the Voltec system's range-extender kicks in to
MPGomatic produces car reviews videos with a unique focus on gas mileage,
in-cabin technology, and driveability. Yep, we're the folks that shoot
those 0-60 MPH tests.
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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 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
Test Drive the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible (Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Review)
In this video I give a full in depth tour and test drive of the 2011
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Convertible. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and
exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and
noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine
and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under
acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a
greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.