The Fast Lane Car Presents “Almost Everything You Ever Wanted To Know” About 2016 Chevrolet Volt – Video


“The 2016 Chevy Volt is all new and ready to take GM to the next level of hybrid drive. Unlike traditional hybrid the new 2016 Chevy Volt can be driven on all electricity. When the batteries are almost spent the Volt transitions to a more conventional hybrid. In this TFLcar Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know Emme finds out what makes the newest Volt different from the first generation car.”

Despite the “Almost Everything You Ever Wanted To Know” title, you’ll be left wanting to know more.  You’ll find more here.

2016 Chevy Volt

2016 Chevy Volt

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21 responses to "The Fast Lane Car Presents “Almost Everything You Ever Wanted To Know” About 2016 Chevrolet Volt – Video"
  1. GeorgeS says:

    That was a good review.

    TFLC was very fortunate to have Pam be the one giving the interview but most of all they stressed that the Volt is an EV an electric car……not a plug in Hybrid…..with gas range extender as back up. The new drive train makes it an even BETTER EV than gen 1. It has better acceleration with lower weight and most of all lower manufacturing costs. In short, more for less. Smaller motors linked like a Tesla 85D for a wider torque band. It’s a winner.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      For all the time Pam talked about “fun to drive”, I wish she would have talked about the low weight distribution. They didn’t need to harp on acceleration, so much.

      Can we put a stake in the ground and dare say the Volt is better than P85D, with respect to managing its two electric motors? MGA and MGB aren’t always both spinning. Correct? While the Volt does carry an extra electric motor, and an ICE, at least they aren’t spinning the dead weight.

      1. Bone says:

        In 1st gen Volt the motors were not always both spinning. In 2nd gen Volt both motors always spin in electric mode. In extended range mode one of the motors can stop.

        New drivetrain is completely different, if information in this article is valid:

    2. Robb Stark says:

      The Volt is an EV in the same way my salad with steak on the side is a Vegan dinner with caloric extender.

      1. GeorgeS says:

        @Robb Stark

        Waving the piss on GM flag again?

        Please excuse me while I go to the head and Vomit.

        If you are unable to absorb the differences between a pure EV like the Volt and a Ford hybrid or a Prius then please give us a break, go away and keep your stupid comments to yourself.

  2. David Murray says:

    They were talking about the EVSE, I was hoping to get a look at it. One of the things I’ve hated about GM’s portable EVSE (both versions) is that it was pretty big and the actual handle that you plug into the car was really too large. Not only that, but the handle just sticks straight out with no downward curve, putting more strain on the cable. I’ve noticed many other manufacturers going with a smaller handles on their EVSEs. I’m hoping GM will too.

    1. kdawg says:

      There are pics out there of the new EVSE. Someone posted here the other week.

  3. kdawg says:

    I didn’t realize the “jewel” on the shifter was that intricate. Cell phone slot is nice. I’d use that. (still upset I lost by Big Gulp holder that the Gen1 had).

    I was hoping Pam was going to start using the touchscreen. I wanted to see her interact w/the screen and apps.

    1. sven says:

      It would have been nice if the cameraman actually zoomed in on the top of the jewel-like shifter to see what the heck Pam was talking about.

    2. Josh says:

      I was pretty disappointed to find the feature I like the least was her favorite part of the car…to each their own I guess.

  4. Blind Guy says:

    It would not surprise me if some 2016 Volt owners get 60 miles AER in mild weather. We have been getting 46 miles AER lately in Tucson with our 2013 Volt rated at 38 miles AER. After 27 months of ownership, our Volt has exceeded our expectations.

  5. Rick Danger says:

    A question for Volt owners, and my bad if it’s been answered before, I must have missed it:
    Do you normally just charge the Volt to 80% like you would in a BEV? Or, with the big buffer that GM builds into the battery, do you just always charge the Volt battery to “100%”?

    1. kdawg says:

      I always “fully charge” the Volt. I don’t know how I would even tell it to stop at some point, other than setting up the time-based management.

      I charge on 120V, so sometimes, if I need a quicker charge I will set it to 12A, instead of the default 8A.

      1. Rick Danger says:

        Thanks dawg 🙂

        1. Bill Howland says:

          Yeah Rick, there are two different percentages here.

          On a battery-electric vehicle 100% really means 100%.

          On a volt its more like 80%, except if youre being technical, only like 70% is actually used since the battery management system says the battery is ’empty’ when there’s like 10% left. Others may be able to give you more precise percentages.

          But the fact is once you get to ‘0%’ in a BEV, the car can’t run. In a volt you get a couple of more miles since the battery isn’t completely dead at ‘0%’. Likewise, Full is not really full, and, at least on mine, you can get a few more % charge into the battery by turning on the Remote Start (preconditions the cabin, but also interestingly fills the battery a few % points more – the so called ‘battery buffer’).
          They must figure in this case its ok to charge the battery a bit more since you’re going to drive it off immediately anyway.

    2. Kent says:

      I have a 2012 and a 2013 Volt. I always charge to 100%. After 3.5 years of ownership, I haven’t noticed any sign of battery degradation.

    3. Spider-Dan says:

      You charge the Volt to “100%”, which is actually ~80% state-of-charge (SOC). There is no mechanism to charge the battery to 100% true SOC… although if you charge to full at the top of a mountain, you can use regeneration to charge beyond “full.”

  6. ffbj says:

    It’s the only car that can do this? What, the only car that can charge an electric motor with a gasoline engine? Hardly.

    1. kdawg says:

      She meant cover 80% of your trips w/out using gas, yet still has a gas engine for very long trips. AKA, it can be your only car.

      To argue, the i3 can also do this, but it wouldn’t be very fun.

      1. ffbj says:

        Yes, in that context I agree. Better may have been there are other vehicles that do this but ours has much greater range.

  7. c4v3man says:

    My 2014 volt has about 9300 miles on it after 6 months of ownership and about 5200 of those miles are on Gas. It would be great to get better gas mileage, and better AER would be great as well, but the fact remains that both generations of Volt allow you to drive with no significant range anxiety. I’m used to filling every 200-250 miles during motorcycle trips, and if you aren’t looking to take a break every 300 miles or so to stop at a gas station you are a much more hardened driver than I…

    I have to say, it’s great to have high-wear events like short drives in town covered effectively 100% by low maintenance electric drive, and low-wear highway driving handled by the gas motor… I certainly expect the car to last a long while, and looking at reports from 100,000mi volt owners, they appear to hold up very well.