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Old 10-13-2010, 09:09 PM   #21
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Re: Breaking news! Chevy volt technically driven by gas engine!

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Oh no, 9 gallons a year. Thats terrible!
It is terrible if you think about it in the concept of wasted fuel.. However I find it unlikely for this to happen especially given this car's limited battery only range.
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Old 10-14-2010, 02:04 AM   #22
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The systems computers will start the gas engine without the driver's consent when they want to.
Guess you can't park it in a garage then.
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Re: Breaking news! Chevy volt technically driven by gas engine!

As I understand, it will only run the gas engine when it's being driven. Parking in a garage ought to be fine.

It won't be entirely wasted. It will surely offset some battery usage when it runs.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:18 PM   #24
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Re: Breaking news! Chevy volt technically driven by gas engine!

I think I use 9 gallons a year just revving the engine at stop lights to scare the **** out of pedestrians.
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Guess you can't park it in a garage then.
na, I think it'll act like the Prius where the engine will come on at startup or sometime during the drive cycle, even if it's totally unnecessary.
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:23 PM   #26
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If I owned a Volt, I'd never exceed the range on workdays, and rarely on days off. Maybe 1 day a week I'd exceed the electric range. I would keep sta-bil in the tank at all times, and I'd only run synthetic fluids in it.
If this is the case with your driving usage, then you would hardly use any gas at all as I understand it.
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:12 AM   #27
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Re: Breaking news! Chevy volt technically driven by gas engine!

Well it looks like I will be able to test drive the Volt sometime in December.

Two of my customers bought Volts and have already put in 240v plug in stations at home and their work.

The other thing I can't wait to see is that both of these will be tested in a mountain terrain area.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:34 AM   #28
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Re: Breaking news! Chevy volt technically driven by gas engine!

One thing I don't understand is how inefficient this car is when the ICE is enabled. Its truly pathetic!!! Is it the engine... drive train or something else that makes this thing a fuel hog!!!

Its great for a short commute while in electric mode but if you need to go on longer trip more then 50 miles you might as well take another vehicle and leave this over priced inefficient car at home.
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Re: Breaking news! Chevy volt technically driven by gas engine!

Where are you getting your 'inefficient fuel hog' data exactly? Citation?
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One thing I don't understand is how inefficient this car is when the ICE is enabled. Its truly pathetic!!! Is it the engine... drive train or something else that makes this thing a fuel hog!!!

Its great for a short commute while in electric mode but if you need to go on longer trip more then 50 miles you might as well take another vehicle and leave this over priced inefficient car at home.
I for one would like to see an unbiased and real world write up of the pro's and con's of the volt and how it performs under 2 different modes.

1) Drive it like you stole it pedal to the metal and see how it would do in the worst possible case scenario.

2) Drive it normally.
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