Chevy Volt Tour – Video


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Of course, this video is on the Chevy Volt.  It’s a primer video of sorts, which we think is exceptional for sharing with others who have Chevy Volt-related questions.

The video is well executed and perhaps unmatched in delivering answers to questions and in outlining the advantages and disadvantages of the Chevrolet Volt.

Chevy Volt Video Provides Answers To Common Volt Questions

Chevy Volt Video Provides Answers To Common Volt Questions

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Nice review, shows a Volt would suit many people (if they only knew better).

Nice video. To nit pick, I don’t like that it begins saying “Since this car isn’t for everybody” In reality, there’s no car that is for anybody, so why has someone decided that the Volt is more prone to that than others? I don’t think that’s true.

Also, I think the price info is out of date. The Volt starts at $26.6k after tax credits, not $27.5k

Overall a great video!

I’ll also add that some of the “drawbacks” like the engine running in the cold would be ideally compared to other hybrids. For example, the Volt does this only briefly to help warm the cabin, then turns the engine back off, because it has a resistive heater to keep its occupants warm. Conversely, a Plug in Prius always runs the engine in the cold (and at warmer temperatures than the Volt) because it doesn’t have a resistive heater. The point being that many of the stated “drawbacks” are also positive points.

As another example, yes, 4 seats is a drawback if you want to haul 5. But if you want to take a long trip with 4 people, the seats in the back are actually much more comfortable compared with traditional bench seating.

I’d say the engine running in cold weather is a definite plus. If you turn off the resistance heater, the car will get warm from the otherwise unused heat from the engine.. The great thing about the volt is then the cabin and battery are warmed by ‘free heat’, and the winter range is greatly extended. But apparently this is much easier to control on new volts than my 2011

In my 2011 model at least, the engine water temperature seems to be regulated, in that a warmer cabin apparently makes the engine run more, since when the engine decides it wants to run for the trip I always turn the heater immediately to ‘fan only’. Then, the engine only runs when the water temperature cools, and shuts off BEFORE the radiator thermostat opens, thereby conserving precious heat. It makes cold weather operation, even with a toasty cabin (and warmed battery) extremely economical since a great majority of the 125,000 btu/gallon heat content of the gasoline is utilized. Brilliant! But you have to be in ‘fan only’ to utilize the efficiency. As the cabin heater cools, the engine will restart to warm things back up and charge the battery a bit also.

Bill are you still in Buffalo and do u still on the roadster?

Doug, yup still in buffalo, still own the same 2011 volt and 2011 tesla roadster 2.5.

I’m looking at Cadillac ELR’s, but my nephew keeps telling me to sell the Roadster and get an ELR, but under no circumstances to sell the Volt. Unfortunately, I want to keep the roadster, mainly because it turns more heads than the volt does. And its a hoot to drive. And it still has around 230 miles of range. So while I’m looking, I’ll probably wait around before doing anything, since it looks like the ELR will be discontinued since sales are so dismal, and the ‘newly orphaned’ ELR’s can only go down in price for those of us who wait.

Bill I love my 2011 Volt. Never a day goes by I don’t look forward to driving it. I have been looking at the model S for some time now but just can’t justify it in my mind….. or to the wife yet. Lol.
We should get together sometime as I am in Niagara Falls

Very good Doug….. We should. Your Call.

If time is an issue for you I can drive either car to you, or both.

I’m a bit on the fence as to my next EV. The Volt is a very fine car, and you will no doubt miss it if you get rid of it. There’s enough of a question in my mind as to the ultimate reliability of the “S”, seeing as I’ve had so many service problems with my Roadster that I’m a bit shy about purchasing another Tesla. Too bad there aren’t any other cars currently on the market like it, because there certainly could be.

Exactly, the majority of the drawbacks listed are not specific to the Volt. For example many new cars do not sport a spare tire.

The Volt’s basic MSRP is $34,185. GM/Chevy charges every Volt buyer $810 destination fee. Every Volt’s base price is $34,995. IF the buyer qualifies for the full $7,500 Federal Energy Tax Credit, the cost of a Volt can assumed to be $27,495.

I wasn’t particularly impressed by the video. It is more of an audio podcast than a video.

Me either. I know this is for folks without a lot of car knowledge – esp. EV knowledge…But, I found my eyes rolling and myself falling asleep. It’s really slow and droll.

Slow TV is the next great thing 😉

My main pick with the video is that the Volt in its essence is really a normal car. GM put a lot of effort to make it so. It does not need a lengthy elaboration.

Exactly! I agree completely.

Volt is a great choice for those who don’t even want to hassle with the myriad of foibles and surprises that come along with BEVs and their limitations. A great bridge between standard, hybrid and pure electric transportation.

GM still hasn’t figured out how to instruct their ad agency to market Volt. GM falls into the trap this video does – try to explain at length how Volt works. All GM has to do is directly contrast and compare Volt to Prius in gas savings, road feel, handling and advantages.

Just think – if only 1/4 of all Prius buyers bought a Volt for their next vehicle, Volt sales would quadruple!

I thought the “Drawbacks” section was quite fair and reasonable. For example, while I love all the tech features of the Volt, I can see how some more… traditional… drivers could be overwhelmed, at least at first.

For those who are immersed in everything EV, this may not make the top of your favorites list. But, if you kept the link so when someone asks you about your Volt, what a great way to show it off. Since many would be suspicious if you showed no “disadvantages,” presenting them this way {before advantages} might help them keep an open mind. Just my $0.02 worth.

The Volt is a plugin hybrid.

Why do they mention 4000MPG?! They then go onto to say 95MPGe …

This is next to useless.

MPG and MPGe are two completely different rating.

It is completely correct for them to be different.

One is how many miles you drive vs. how many gallons of gas used. For traditional ICE, it is the efficiency rating, but for PHEV/EREV, it is NOT. It is only an indication of gasoline saving.

MPGe is an efficiency rating.

The MPGe term is perfectly reasonable in comparison with other phev’s or bev’s. The 4000 mpg is more or less realistic for people with very cheap electricity, as mine is now since I make my own.

I don’t understand how you relate a “4000 mpg” with cheap electricity. MPG is nothing more than Total Miles Driven/Gas Consumed.
At a reasonably efficient 4 miles per kW, the price of electricity would have to be about 50 cents per kW for it to be more expensive than driving on gas that’s $3.50/gallon.

For the 4000 mpg to have any meaning (my car’s lifetime mileage is 145 by the way), you have to have cheap electricity otherwise the figure is only to satisfy people who have a religious objection to gasoline,

When I use the electric heater in the volt, the electric consumption is so ridiculously high compared to the miles i’m driving that, I had to pay for the electicity, the gasoline would be far cheapter to operate the car. But with the solar panels my house has low cost electricity.