Android Authority Explores 2016 Chevrolet Volt – Video

JUL 17 2015 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 25

2016 Chevy Volt Explore By Android Authority

2016 Chevy Volt Explore By Android Authority

Here’s a unique look at the 2016 Chevrolet Volt from the perspective of a website that typically examines Android-related products.

Via Android Authority:

“The Chevy Volt is known for its electric and gas powered driving capabilities. You heard that right, it uses both electricity and gasoline, but more on that later. Our main concern for now is learning about the battery technology, which does wonders.”

“So this vehicle weighs 3,875 pounds, of which about 412 pounds are pure battery weight (187 kilograms). The vehicle can drive for an average of 50 miles on a single charge (using only electricity). What makes the Chevy Volt special is that it can also use regular gasoline for long trips. The gas-powered system will kick in as soon as that battery dies.”

“Talking about batteries dying and being recharged, this battery can go through 6000 charging cycles before any significant degradation starts showing up. That means that, if you charge it fully once a day (which is a lot), this battery will last over 16 years! This is completely different in the smartphone industry, which uses batteries that start degrading after about 500 cycles.”

More details in the video and at the Android Authority link above.

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25 Comments on "Android Authority Explores 2016 Chevrolet Volt – Video"

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Wallace

Awesome. 6000 full cycles x 50 miles = 300,000 miles and still have 70% total range.

M Hovis

Channeling James (buddy)
6000 cycles! Your 2016 Volt is basically going to keep going until 2032. Worried about this thing lasting? With both a battery and an ICE, that is the last thing you need to worry about. And if after 16 years you really do want to get a new battery, what do you think that will cost you in 2032? Do you think your 2016 Toyota Camry is going without any engine work through 2032?

Yeah, but it cost too much.. In 16 years, how much money have you saved on fuel and maintenance? If gas stayed under $3 for 16 years, which it’s not, you still have still saved close to $15,000 in fuel. And I am sooo sure gas is gonna stay @ $3 for 16 years.

How many tons of carbon have you eliminated too?
(getting off the soap box)

James

Great job Mark.

I couldn’t have said it better myself! 🙂

Everybody who admires the Volt also admires it’s robustness. Now that it will seat almost five people and will travel 50+ miles on electricity, it is getting closer to a Swiss Army knife to get off of gasoline without difficulties associated with finicky rear doors, proprietary body parts needing proprietary repair methods, expensive foreign replacement parts and repair. The Volt isn’t perfect, but it is a real nice stepping stone for a lot of people disappointed in funky Prius styling and awful driving dynamics.

The Volt could be larger in the back seat, could go 100 miles before recharging, and be rear-wheel drive…Yet as it is, it’s a great package at $33,000 before tax refund.

James

* and styling that is sporty, but not “EV goofie”

Daniel Marquez

With a smile a politely disagree. $15,000 in 16 years? I wish I was spending that little on fuel. At 3-4 dollars per gallon of gasoline I’m paying anywhere between $222-$333 depending how much I drive although I do have those months where I pay closer to $400. Most people I know pay much more than a ~$1000 or so dollars per year, much more indeed. I placed an order for the new Volt and am eager to use as little to no gasoline ever again. The volt will pay itself off in about 7 years 11 months (7/11~lucky lucky), at least for someone like myself. My uncle bought a Model S P85 in winter 2012. He has a longer commute than me and he told me he’s already saved about $12,000+. Maybe by the time the Volt pays itself off the Second Generation Model S will be available for purchase.

Within the word smile is the word mile. With a smile on your face you can go the distance!:)

JIN Volt

You do have to pay for the electricity. Depending on where you are, this could mean between $1 and $1.50 per charge. Its cheaper than gas, but not free.

Steve

Actually with solar on your roof it IS free.

ffbj

I thought that the when the battery reaches a certain level of depletion that the gas engines kicks in and charges the battery. Thus the battery never actually dies unless you run out of gas too.

Brian Swanson

That is correct the car will always hold a certain % of battery to prevent a deep discharge. ( This can damage the battery ) from a user prospective it appears as though the battery is empty and the engine kicks on to behave like a serial hybrid car.

Thomas J. Thias
ffbj, Gen One Volt opperates 100% in EV mode until the State of Charge(SOC) of the 432lb Traction Battery hits the lower 18% to 22% SOC threshold. Only then does the 1.4 L naturally aspirated, gas motor spin the 55,000w generator, mga, producing, then, electricity on demand to continue down the freeway at 75 to 101 Mph or more sensable speeds as dictated. The Chevy Volt Extended Range Electric Vehicle, unlike the PHEV’s will NOT use a drop of gas regardless of high end acceleration requirements and throttle demands so long as sufficent battery SOC remains. Using the on board generator to charge the traction battery is not efficent and will not happen except when in Mountain Mode. As the 111,000w traction motor, mgb, is pushed by this 55,000w generator, mga, the maxium power to vertically assend certain mountinous interstate regions is fully realised by moving to Mountain Mode, 20 miles or so before your extended mountainous highway assent. Then and only then does the Voltec Drive Train charge the Traction Battery back up to a 14% SOC. Now during the accent at freeway speeds power to the 111,000w Traction Motor will be fed by both the 55,000w generator and,… Read more »

Does the engine run to keep either the batteries or the occupants warm?

Glenn R.

Thermal management system for the battery is separate, i.e. no it will not run the battery to keep engine warm. But yes, gen 1 Volts will run the engine automatically to warm the cabin once ambient temperature reaches a preset level.

ClarksonCote

Colder than 15F, the Gen 1 Volt turns on the engine to assist with passenger cabin heating. Battery heating is solely accomplished with an electric heater.

Unlike the plug in Prius, above this temperature the Volt has an electric heater capable of keeping the cabin plenty warm without need to turn on the engine. The Prius, on the other hand, needs to use the engine whenever any heat is desire, regardless of battery charge.

It’s these kinds of details that allow the Volt to save much more gas than other plug ins. And the bigger battery helps too. 😉

JIN Volt

I have a 2014 (Gen I) and the engine starts when it is under around 32 degrees F.

ModernMarvelFan

You can set that to a lower temperature.

philip d

“So this vehicle weighs 3,875 pounds, of which about 412 pounds are pure battery weight”

Not to nit pick but the 2016 Volt weighs 3543 lbs. The Gen 1 weighed 3875 lbs.

They didn’t quote Andrew Farah correctly. He said that the 2016 Volt was in the 3875lb test class, not that it weighed that specific amount.

Stephen

Nice to hear the 6,000 cycles number. The battery really is designed to last the life of the car. I hope Gen 1 is the same. I am glad I chose Volt over Leaf.

ClarksonCote

Seems like it could be even better on Gen 1, since the battery is babied even more with respect to how high and low it is allowed to charge and discharge.

pjkPA

My Volt bought in Dec 2012 has 22,000 hard city miles on it … and still shows 49miles range after a nights charge. That’s what it was new. So have not seen any depreciation in range… I drive 96% electric. The generator probably doesn’t have 500 miles on it. Two trips to the gas station and one oil change that’s it for 22,000 hard city miles… least amount of maintenance of any car I’ve owned by far. Costing 3 cents per mile even including electric charges.. I have a wattmeter on the charger.

ModernMarvelFan

If it is 6,000 cycles on even the Gen 1 Volt at 35miles per charge, that is still over 210,000 miles.

Still impressive!

iwatson

A couple of points:

1) Cycles are represented by a full charge. There are many times that I opportunity charge from a state of “not fully depleted”, maybe half-way discharged. Although I may charge twice in a day, these are not full cycles, so the 6000 cycles** quoted are not the number of times you charge but the total of full cycle charges. **Your cycles may vary.

2) Whenever I go on a long trip, I engage “Mountain mode” at the beginning of the trip, whether I plan to encounter any mountains or not. All it really does is the battery discharges down to a “higher-than-normal” state of charge then the engine comes on to maintain that set point. When on a long trip the engine is going to fire up sooner or later. Why not wake it up sooner, so you maintain a high buffer of electricity in the battery. In this way you can negotiate any type of terrain with ease without having to worry about when to engage “mountain mode”

Rich

Agreed on #1. I assume that’s what’s meant by 6000 cycles as well. Their statements are ambiguous.
“6000 charging cycles before any significant degradation starts showing up”
I’m guessing their definition of “significant degradation showing up” differs from the general public.

Martin T

0.5L/100Km on Volt 1 and yes the battery is pampered.

This why some us drive a Volt 🙂

Derik

I’ve got an early Gen 1 Volt from 2011 with over 50k miles. I went the first six months (and most recent six months) without putting gas in the car.

My commute changes often as does my ability to plug in during the day. However, I’ve only seen about a $10-20 uptick in my electric bill, and occasionally put $26 of gas in the car say every 900-1300 miles. I’d buy another Volt in a heartbeat if I needed to but all is working fine.