2014 Chevy Volt Hot Lap – Video

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 37

Chevy Volt Lap Time

Chevy Volt Lap Time

“The 2014 Chevy Volt is a electric car that can also run on petroleum. But you can own the Volt your entire life and never use a drop of gas.

In another accurate, fun and Informative TFLcar review, Nathan and Roman find out just how fast the Chevy Volt is from 0-60 MPH and how fast it will do a hot lap on the TFLcar racetrack.”

States TheFastLaneCar.

The Chevy Volt is no track racer, nor is it a 0 to 60 MPH champ.

The Volt is however capable of putting up a respectable lap time, even quicker than TheFastLaneCar expected.

It seems the tires, brakes and understeer hold the Volt back from performing even better on the track.

Editor’s Note:  Don’t pay too close attention to the statistics or operation of the Volt as quoted by the hosts; they don’t seem to have quite done all their homework.  Watch for times and aesthetical roundup.

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37 responses to "2014 Chevy Volt Hot Lap – Video"

  1. scott franco says:

    “But you can own the Volt your entire life and never use a drop of gas.”

    If you never drive for more than 30 miles at a time….

    1. kdawg says:

      38 miles… AKA 80% of the population.

      1. pjwood says:

        Not even close.

        1. pjwood says:

          ..;) Averaging 38, when half the year you’re doing ~27, makes people who don’t live near HOV lanes use a lot more gas than “38” implies.

          1. John Hansen says:

            It does way better than you think. Yes, I get 28 miles for three months in the winter, but I get 48 miles the other none months. That means that I average way higher than 38.

            The Volt is a great car. You should try one some time.

            1. GSP says:

              +1. This has been my experience with the Volt as well for over three years now.

              Gas is handy now and then, but almost all of my driving is electric, way more than I thought.

              GSP

      2. Surya says:

        Not really. Most people hardly go further than that on a daily basis, but most people also do occasional trips that are longer.
        And if it really was enough, why then would you want to pay for and drag around that ICE?

    2. MrEnergyCzar says:

      After the fuel burns have drained the tank, the Volt might only operate with limited power until you put fuel back in the car… kind of a gray unknown area regarding what exactly happens long term…

      1. Thomas J. Thias says:

        Czar, after going almost 10,000 miles on my first tank of dealer gas on January 20, 2012 I finally ran out of gas.

        At that time, gasoling was $3.89 a gallon so I decided to drive electric for the next 2 weeks.

        I can report that my car did encourage me to add to the tank but I declined. The Dash had some warning lights, a little chime and a notice of reduced power available.

        The reduced available power, in my opinion comes from the fact that without the liquid fuel there would be no way to do a 40% buffer build in the event Mountain Mode was needed .

        I fealt very little loss of foreward motion with Sport Mode pulling the car forward quite well.

        I believe that the algorithms dampen the
        Voltec Drivetrain just a bit in anticipation of range conservation however I can report nothing out of the ordinary in general driving needs.

        Here Is my OnStar Data showing a second run of 10,000 on a tank of gas between 3-20-2013 and 11-26-2013

        Link Goes To Voltstats- Click on the gas pump icon!

        http://www.voltstats.net/Stats/Details/1068

        Best-

        Thomas J. Thias

        517-749-0532

        Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

    3. VFanUR says:

      Or, more accurately 40~50 miles summer; 30~35 miles winter.

  2. kdawg says:

    So he says people only buy the Volt for HOV lane access. Gee, we don’t even have those where I live. How clueless.

    1. Steve says:

      Agree. There is whole country outside CA.

      1. Vin says:

        … and month-to-month sales increased in May despite the green stickers running out.

      2. HVACman says:

        And if you look at a CA map, you’ll see there are vast swathes of country WITHIN CA that are hundreds of miles from HOV lanes. There are probably about 30-40 Volts and Leafs running around Redding CA now and NOT ONE has green stickers on it.

    2. Bonaire says:

      This kind of reporting is why volt sales are low. The public is easily mislead.

    3. Thomas J. Thias says:

      So right kwdag.

      A dramatic example of national sales can be seen in this Chevy Volt Owner Map over at VoltStats.

      These are less then 3% of the some 64,000 Chevy Volt EREV’s that have been sold thus far in North America.

      These owners and Lessees have given their OnStar user credentials to VoltStats for their data to be published.

      As you can see, the center of the country shows the results of the limited 6 State and District of Columbia initial beta rollout that lasted through July of 2011.

      Each of the next 3 months saw 2-6 more states added to the retail sales allocation with the ballance of 24 states and nationwide sales beginning in November of 2011, just some 31 months ago.

      Link Goes To VoltStats Owner Map-

      http://www.voltstats.net/Stats/OwnerMap

      Best-

      Thomas J. Thias

      Sundance Chevrolet Inc.

      517-749-0532

      Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

  3. Steve says:

    The list of inaccurate statements in the 1st minute shows these guys don’t understand the Volt that well.

    1. Thomas J. Thias says:

      The Video-

      I could reach through my console and knock the snot out…well, better stop while I am ahead…lol

      This will be my only responce to the worst Chevy Volt Video ever posted at InsideEVs.

      Sad that you put this bit of #antiEVZombie trash out in the wild!

      Bad decision in mhop.

      —————–]=

      Here are a couple of proper reviews-

      1)From SAE International:The GM “Voltec” 4ET50 Multi-Mode Electric Transaxle

      Link Goes To SAE-

      http://papers.sae.org/2011-01-0887/

      2)Owner/ Laguna Seca Hot Laps in the Volt:
      This is the real deal. Wide Open EV Throttle!

      Link Goes To YouTube, Turn Up The Sound-

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwqQ96DH1wU

      3)Video Review By Chris Harris. Many of you have run across Mr. Harris’ Performance Car Video reviews for /Drive

      Link Goes To YouTube Harris Review-

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Hl0AUxtDw

      4)GMI Drives: 2013 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Review –

      Link Goes To GMI Volt EREV Review-

      http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f128/gmi-drives-2013-chevrolet-volt-long-term-review-148945/

      5) Yes I did get over 50 miles on a charge. While the ranger estimator showed 50 miles, driving in “L”/Sport recovered enough regenerated power to travel a total of 54 miles, at bout a buck worth of electric fuel.

      Link Goes to my Volt EREV Dash Shot-

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BpefXgmCAAAJuSP.jpg

      Thanks Jay, Steve and your OP that I hijacked and of course, Mr. Lovejoy for letting me vent and correct a few bits of disinformation!

      Best-

      Thomas J. Thias

      517-749-0532

      Twitter.com/AmazingCheVolt

  4. Ambulator says:

    “But you can own the Volt your entire life and never use a drop of gas.”

    Only if you never drive it. but that’s true of a Hummer as well. The Volt at least occasionally runs its engine to keep it lubricated.

    1. kdawg says:

      Has anyone tried running their Volt w/out any gas in the tank? Will it let you?

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        It will constantly remind you to put gas in the tank. Every time you start it up.

  5. mike w says:

    The Volts engine management system will slowly burn gasoline when the fuel is about 1 year old. So you will have to fill-up at least once a year. A small price to pay for such an amazing car!!!!

    1. Vin says:

      I filled mine up for the first time last month! Here’s my story… so glad I’ll only have to do it 3 times/year…

      http://ev-vin.blogspot.com/2014/05/fill-er-up.html

      1. Murrysville EV says:

        It’s ironic to me that Volt drivers always brag about how little gas they use. If that’s the case, you should have bought a Leaf, like I did.

        The Leaf has more EV range than your Volt, and you’ll never have to think about gas.

        1. Vin says:

          If all I had was a LEAF and nothing else, I would definitely have to think about gas, every time I had to take a trip farther than its range. I’d have to worry about gas as well as how I’m gonna pick up the dang rental car.

          By the way, I also have a Focus Electric, which has a range similar to the LEAF. The Volt replaced the FFE’s ICE backup vehicle.

          1. Malcolm Scott says:

            We all know of the range limitations of most BEVs and the advantages of the Volt, but this became very apparent today when I attended an ‘EV Motor Show’ in country Victoria (Australia).

            I turned up and put my Volt on display. The Leaf could not make it. I was told that a critical charging station on the route was not available. So no Leaf

            The only other EV there was a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. I lie actually, there was also a magnificent fully road going 1917 Detroit Electric – brilliant and stunning

        2. bro1999 says:

          The Leaf is hideous.

        3. Driverguy01 says:

          All EV owners have range anxiety, except Teslas of course, that’s inevitable, and most (maybe?) EREV owners have gas anxiety, but the later is only a mind game that has zero effect on the outcome of you’re trip, unlike Evs with limited range. If you take that EV to the limit, you will be stranded, eventually.
          Volt owners choose it because they wont need a second car for longer drives and they drive more electric miles than Leaf owners so, wanna talk bout that last comment about buyin the wrong car?

        4. ModernMarvelFan says:

          That is something that LEAF driver will never get it.

          The engine on the Volt is the insurance.

          Not to mention that in the EV mode, the Volt would kick LEAF’s butt in 0-60mph, top speed, handling and braking…

        5. Ken Clifton says:

          @Murrysville EV

          It’s ironic to me that Volt drivers always brag about how little gas they use. If that’s the case, you should have bought a Leaf, like I did.

          While I applaud your decision to go with an EV, you really should do your due diligence about the history of the Nissan LEAF before banging the Volt. Many Chevrolet Volt owners are former LEAF owners. In fact, my family made the LEAF mistake twice and greatly paid for those mistakes.

          Hopefully, your LEAF resides in a mild climate such as the Pacific Northwest. Please remember that many of us are not so fortunate climate-wise.

          In case you didn’t do your research prior to purchasing a LEAF here are a few links to help you gain some insight.

          Ex Leaf-owner club thread: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=16135

          Battery Degradation thread (last count 685 pages of posts): http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=8802

          Battery Aging Model: http://www.electricvehiclewiki.com/?title=Battery_Capacity_Loss#Battery_Aging_Model

          Lost Battery Capacity and Range / Autonomy thread: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=9694

          Respectfully,

          Ken Clifton
          Former LEAF owner X2
          Now a two Chevrolet Volt Family

  6. David Murray says:

    They seemed to be confused about the ICE needing to run for a “boost.” I think they were used to the Ford Energi cars or the Plug-in Prius.

    They should have used hold-mode so that they could have demonstrated the car running in pure EV.

  7. vdiv says:

    “Patroleum?!” They’ll give everyone a camera and a YouTube these days. 😉

    1. Murrysville EV says:

      Agreed; pretty sloppy production.

  8. NeilBlanchard says:

    “The 2014 Chevy Volt is a [plugin hybrid] car that can [mostly run on electricity and] also run on petroleum. [Y]ou can own the Volt your entire life and [use very little] gas.”

    There – fixed it for ya’!

  9. thebill says:

    Further fix “Conversely, you could also own the Volt your entire life and never plug it in.”
    It is better described as a dual-fuel car that can use either electricity OR gasoline than it is describing it as traditional hybrid which requires both forms of fuel for normal operations all the time.

    It’s a pure electric car with 40 mile range, or it’s a gas powered car with a 300 mile range. It automatically switches from one mode to the other when you run out of electricity. You can also manually select which of the two fuels you prefer to use at any point in time. Really the best of both worlds.

    I get about 41 miles to the gallon on gas and take my Volt on road trips that would be impossible with a Tesla or a leaf. There is no range limitation as long as I can buy gas. I drive it during the week on ( much cheaper) electric fuel and never have to visit a dirty gas station in for everyday commuting.

    Additionally my overall electric bill has gone down since we are entitled to time-of-use pricing because we have an electric car.

    My purchase of the car has NOTHING to do with using it in HOV lanes. It’s just a better experience. And cheaper. And doesn’t pollute as much. And REALLY FUN to drive.

  10. Murrysville EV says:

    Their ranking system was totally subjective based on unspecified criteria – how ridiculous.

  11. Vin says:

    Okay, finally watched the video… I suspect they can easily shave a second or two off the lap time if they actually took the right line through the corners. Seems like they only took one lap, and it takes at least a couple to get used to keeping the car on the racing line and have a consistent comparison to other vehicles.

    In any case, the video is pretty entertaining, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing this, Eric!