brandon: No dude! It's not engine power! its a generator which charges the battery. That's why it says battery power.
leon thomas: Thanks for this video
Zeph Orac: The only way to ACCURATELY read your gas mileage is to drive until the tank is drained, fill up and divide the amount of miles you drove by the amount of gallons you filled up with. You have to do this three times. Cars' onboard computers are never accurate, they just work as a guide to try to improve your driving to improve your gas mileage. Even a scangauge when calibrated over dozens of fillups is rarely dead on accurate. It's always off by .1 or .2 miles per gallon.
ra5928: urbex2007 needs to study the difference between a series hybrid (Volt) and a parallel hybrid (Prius). The two could never be more different. The Prius can not do freeway speeds in electric and can only drive very short distances in electric. The Volt can do 100 mph in E and drive over 40 miles in E. The Volt can go for months without using gas. The Prius can go for a few minutes without using gas. Exactly the same? Such uneducated statements can be embarrassing when one finally studies and realized they have been .... wrong.
Paul W: I have had my 2013 Volt for 19 months now. I average about 30 miles per day. The only gas I have used was to empty the tank after the first year so it did not go bad. So I have spent around 22 dollars on gas since I have owned it. I have the 220 volt charger and it is programed to my kwh price. It costs me approximately 21 cents for the 30 miles I drive, Just as a reference, that equates to a 60 mpg car paying 42 cents per gallon. I love my Volt, and I plan to buy a new one when the model change comes out. When I take away the cost of gas from driving my truck, my payment is about $160.00 per month.
Viper ACR: This answered the question for me - How many MPG does it average on Gas?? 40mpg + is pretty good.
danwat1234: The engine can directly connect to the wheels when the battery charge is low or you are in hold/mountain mode and only at certain speeds. The reason is that it's more efficient to direct drive the wheels with the engine, rather than driving the generator motor with the engine, then outputting that power to the other motor.
idw357: THIS IS FROM THE GM FAQ WEBSITE. and it looks like the gas engine helps to "spin the wheels" when the battery is depleted, I don't know how:
"The Volt is a series vehicle meaning only the electric motor powers the car at all times, the gas engine is just a generator for making electricity once the battery is depleted. A little like the Prius, the engine does help spin the wheels after the battery is depleted. GM engineers chose to do this because it improved efficiency by 10 to 15 percent."
idw357: The 1.4 liter engine is nothing more than a large generator that feeds electricity to the ELECTRIC MOTOR. The gas engine does not have a direct transmission to the front wheel drive. That's what sets this car apart from the usual hybrids. And by the way, the torque delivered by the electric motor is outstanding - resulting in excellent acceleration.
Mike: Hey... The Manual vehicle was alot more fun to drive though.
JWY: Incorrect (both of you). The Volt will drive at any speed (0-100 mph) entirely using electric engines and keeping the gas engine turned off. The all-electric modes are usually used by the Volt (in all but Hold mode) until the battery is discharged enough to trigger extended range operations. In extended range mode at higher speeds with steady throttle the Volt will connect all the engines, including the gas engine, to operate efficiently, lower the main electric engine rpm and generate power.
kytsmf: Pretty please..... STFU if you don't own one.
kytsmf: What's this CVT crap you keep spouting again and again?
Its a single speed gearbox clutched to the engine and electric motor.
CVTs a great in theory but hard to maintain in service.
My brother had a Saturn with a CVT great mileage. I had a stickshift in my Saturn. He beat me by 2 mpg on average. He had it replaced twice. My stick shift had the oil changed once before I totaled it (6 years and 215K miles)
urbex2007: *WRONG AGAIN* the car has a 1.4litre 16v petrol engine with a direct mechanical link to the CVT gearbox and it can drive the car if required as a boost to the motor or if the motor or battery fails completely. It is a HYBRID and works exactly the same as a Toyota Prius. Please LEARN more and don't talk rubbish and lie. The Chevrolet Volt/Vauxhall Ampera is a petrol/electric hybrid. Both engine and motor are linked to the CVT gearbox, just like the Prius, it's nearly an exact copy of a Prius!
urbex2007: WRONG! There is a direct mechanical connection between the motor, the engine and the CVT gearbox. The 1.4litre engine does have a generator linked to it to charge batteries and power the motor.
The problem with this car is that people buying them have no clue as to how they work, they either make it up or claim that it works a certain way but can't prove it. You go back to the dealership or ask any other owner and they will explain how it works. You can't measure MPG with the engine OFF!!!
FLjock01: @theripmon - Drive one, take it for a good long test drive. I bought a LOADED 2013 Volt. And I love the car! I highly recommend it. Realistically, it is one of the most flexible vehicles I have owned. You can be the "electric car junkie" when you want, or you can drive it cross country if you want. A word of advice - I've learn there's a lot of people who "think" they know how the car works. The internet breeds countless "experts". Talk to people who actually own one.
christopher phillip skeates: what about asteroids ..? ..skeatesy
AERONOOB: generator directly feeds the elec motors. u would lose energy by first pumping it into the batts.
above a certain speed, i believe its 70 or 80 mph the system links the 1.4 directly to the front wheels. this benefits the fuel economy.
theripmon81: Thank you. I am a victim of the stigma of the early EV/Hybrids that they have no power I guess. =)
John Thornton Chevrolet: The car drives perfectly on the highway. I actually just drove one about 2 weekends ago here on the highway and I was really surprised at how much power it has. You will be surprised by this car day in and day out.
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