Hello 2016 Chevrolet Volt, Goodbye Nissan LEAF – Video

2 years ago by Electric CarsTV 16

This video presents an overview/review of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, as well as explaining why the now-Volt-owner exchanged his Nissan LEAF in favor of the new Volt. Video description:

“Why we traded in our Nissan Leaf for 2016 Chevy Volt.”

2016 Chevy Volt

2016 Chevy Volt

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16 responses to "Hello 2016 Chevrolet Volt, Goodbye Nissan LEAF – Video"

  1. andre says:

    not very instructive…what was the electric range,gas mileage etc??? besides nice Santa Barbara promotion for beginners.

  2. Suresh says:

    500 miles?? You are losing me. … Hydrogen.. Yep you lost me

  3. Clive says:

    The Modern Day Saturn.

    I’d rather Leaf-It!

  4. Vastman says:

    The more the merrier…ice should be removed from the market!

    1. pjwood1 says:

      So should meat, yeah!!!! 😀

  5. Ocean Railroader says:

    I think in about a year it’s going to be good bye Chevy Volt hello Chevy Bolt. The reason is a car with 200 miles of battery range if it is true will quickly off cars like the Chevy Bolt and the Prius. The reason why I say this is a lot of people including my family are very untusting of a electric car with 80 miles. But they are more willing to trust a 200 mile range EV.

  6. offib says:

    Here we go again…

    It’s like being transported back to 2011!

  7. David says:

    Not a good video. Mostly fodder for LEAF vs. Volt arguments.

    Took him 5 minutes to figure out the Volt is front wheel drive and this somehow explains why he ditched a LEAF for a Volt? This after presumably owning a LEAF for a good while?

  8. Bill Howland says:

    Nice little ‘slice of life’ video re: Chevy Volt.

    I think he’ll be disappointed if he’s expecting a 500 mile range car in 5 years, that can recharge in 15 minutes. It’s hard to imagine battery prices being that low in 5 years, baring a major technological advance.

    Of course, if batteries were to become dirt cheap, then they could also be used for ‘dump chargers’ to avoid demand fines at public stations, and therefore become much more practicable, but the Volt as a compromise solution doesn’t require ANYTHING, and apparently, most people don’t supply anything, just use the plain out outlet in the garage and carport, and charge up at 900 watts during the evening and night, and thats just fine with most people.

    But these people do ultimately cut their gasoline consumption by an order of magnitude, without changing ANYTHING around them. And 0.9 kw is easy to provide for any number of cars overnight.

  9. Rory Conaway says:

    Let’s see him put that 2016 Volt into the HOV lane in Arizona. He will soon be wishing for the Leaf when it takes him an extra 45 minutes to get to work or the Arizona Highway Patrol writes him a tick. New Volts don’t get HOV privileges any longer.

  10. Conrad Dunkerson says:

    This Leaf v Volt v Tesla thing was fun, but it is pretty much obsolete now.

    The Chevy Bolt coming out later this year takes things to a whole new level… $30k car with 200 mile all electric range. Even with gas prices falling through the floor that’s a car which is going to have a lower lifetime cost than most ICE vehicles.

    As the other manufacturers work to match the Bolt, 2017 will be the year that EVs really start to take off. They’re now drawing ‘even’ with ICE… worse in some ways, but better in others… and clearly improving at a rate ICEs will never be able to match. By 2020 most new cars will be primarily electric.

  11. Charlie says:

    This was a nice, chatty film, but at the beginning he talks about ‘several areas’ where the Leaf fell short of their expectations. In the end, all he actually talked about was the EV ranger and the usefulness of the range extender. He did mention something about cornering, but didn’t make any comparative statement. Kind of a disappointment if you were hoping for a comparison.

  12. SiliconAddict. says:

    I agree with him. The infrastructure is just not there for anyone who does road trips or wants to drive outside a 200 mile range. Its the single reason I’m getting a Volt. As an example. If I wanted to drive from Chicago to Minneapolis. Aprox 417 miles. Bolt will be prob around 200 miles. Leaf is 107 miles. Leaf is at least 4 stop. More like 4.5 stops (Less if you can find a quick charge station to top off to 80%) along the way as you aren’t going to wait to the last second to find a charging station.
    Bolt if around 200 miles is 2.25 stops. (The .25 is a quick stop to top off.)

    The short of it is pure electrics are not fun for range trip. The tediousness for planning not only where you are going to top off the fastest, but also being careful with how you use the car. Turning on heat other then heated seats and steering wheel? You just zapped some miles out of that 107 or 200 miles which means you need to recalc where you are going to get a refill. And also time your lunch during that refill which means you are leashed to the car. Wanna try someplace new to eat that looks interesting that you found on Google maps? But the DC charging station is 5 miles away. Too bad.

    Pure electric cars are not designed for road trips. Simple as that. For commuters? Heck yes. I have a couple friends with a Leaf and they love it. A 200 mile car is perfect for most metro drivers. You can probably do a few days before you need to recharge. And finding a charging station in most metro areas isn’t difficult.

    The dude was spot on. Until our charging infrastructure becomes a higher gas station to charge station ratio (especially for faster chargers.) and battery range gets high enough that you can go 300 miles and THEN randomly start looking for a place to charge without worrying about running out of juice before finding a place its just not happening. I fully expect the Volt will be my last dino fuel car. I expect to have this thing a solid 8 years. By then more paid charging stations (Which is what is going to push infrastructure expansion.) should have popped up and range should be way higher then 200 miles. I look forward to all electric…….when I can sit down, start it up, and just drive without a plan.

    1. Gary Cozette says:

      Yep. I’m on the same page. We live in Chicagoo with a second home and family in Traverse City Michigan 325 miles away. We make the drive once a month. The new Bolt 200 mile range Bolt requires 9 hours for a full charge, which would force us to stay overnight in Grand Rapids. When all-elecctric gets 400 miles on a charge, we are good to go! Until then, we will probably be in the market this year for low-gasoline-use car like the Volt.

    2. EVGuy says:

      I just don’t understand people’s fixation on this range issue. How many times does it need to be demonstrated that the majority of the driving public on a daily basis drive less than 40 miles? this is how GM come up with the Gen 1 volt battery design, Gen II just improves on both the battery and gas ranges. The Bolt is a solid 200 mile per charge commuter, it will fulfill >90% of peoples daily driving needs. If for some reason you need to meander over to grandma’s house out in the middle of now where then you can always drive the gasser. If you don’t want to own two cars (and who really doesn’t in this tax bracket) then you can always rent one.
      Seriously, people who use the excuse of range anxiety now a days are simply ignoring the facts as they are slapped in the face with them

  13. Daniel Tomsick says:

    The driver’s comments about the Volt’s state-of-art electronic sensors promoting safer driving habits apparently exclude improper hand placement on the steering wheel (well into the age of air bags).