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kytsmf: Pretty please..... STFU if you don't own one. Please

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.

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.

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."

Sam Grissom: Thanks for posting, I like the way the Volt's exterior styling is compared to my Prius.

theripmon81: Thank you. I am a victim of the stigma of the early EV/Hybrids that they have no power I guess. =)

Just1Perspective: Great video thanks! How does it handle in the snow?

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)

taztaz79: great info from this video! :) Thank you! :)

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!

Aku112811: Hey... The Manual vehicle was alot more fun to drive though.

gerardo quiroz: you are (partially) correct. there is no physical connection (transmission) between the engine and the (drive) motor. however this is not a new concept. electric cars have been around for almost 100 years (google "owen magnetic"). the gas engine drives the electric generator which in turn powers the electric drive motor. I just bought one of these two weeks ago and have used 150 Kwh of electricity (roughly $8 worth) and less than a gallon of gas and travelled almost 350 miles. not bad for $12

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.

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!!!

theripmon81: Very nice video. I'm thinking about getting one, my normal commute to work is about 27 miles one way, with about 10 miles on highway, where going 65 seems to invite people to nearly bury their cars into your trunk, and was wondering if this car had any problems going the typical highway speed.

LiveLaughSkate98: It doesnt switch from an engine to a battery. The only thing the gasoline GENERATOR is there for is to regenerate the battery. That is why the Volt is a fully electric vehicle.

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.

christopher phillip skeates: what about asteroids ..? ..skeatesy

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.
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