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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