Here’s What Happens When A Chevy Volt Runs Out Of Electric & Gas – Video


Ever wonder what happens when you empty the gas tank and fully deplete the battery pack in a Chevrolet Volt?

Totally Empty

Well, wonder no more as this 2013 Volt owner presents us with a rather comprehensive video showing exactly that.

The brief synopsis is that once the battery pack is empty, the gas generator chugs along until the last fumes are gone. Then, rather surprisingly, the Volt reverts back to battery for some 2.4 miles before coming to a stop.

Check out the video above for a more in-depth look at exactly what happens as each power source is depleted.

via Green Car Reports

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16 responses to "Here’s What Happens When A Chevy Volt Runs Out Of Electric & Gas – Video"
  1. Ziv says:

    That is about as idiot proof as a car can get. I can’t imagine running out of both gas and electricity, unintentionally.

    1. unlucky says:

      Next stage would be to have it use its last dallop of energy to pop open a flap in the trunk exposing 80 D batteries that you connect to the J1772 inlet to get another 2.4 miles.

    2. Tony says:

      True but gas prices jumped here in Ottawa to $1.12 / L just as I was about to fill up so I’ve been driving around the last few weeks with just 3L in the tank and had the battery at 2 bars when I got home yesterday. Of course still being in the city, I had no worries.

  2. Rad says:

    Agreed, idiots. This reminds me of the Volt review where the author is driving all over DC trying to find a plug.

  3. DJ says:

    Looks like someone needs to get a girlfriend, a job, a hobby, or a life 😉

  4. BD says:

    DJ you are the one that needs to get a life. Easy to hide behind your keyboard

  5. needa says:

    So is this a buffer built into the system, or how much extra the generator charged while it was running? A question that will answer my question… Does the generator run at one speed?

    1. unlucky says:

      The generator has several speeds.

      One generally only engages when you are driving heavily loaded (uphill).

      The system tries to keep a portion of battery in reserve. Once the gas runs out it seems it lets you use it. Because that’s better than needing a tow.

      1. needa says:

        Thanks. Good to know info.

    2. Bill W says:

      Spoke to someone at GM about battery levels once. They said that GM keeps part of the battery power in reserve by design, but starts to use that reserve as the battery gets older to maintain consistent mileage expectations over the service life of the battery. They may have some logic that enables tapping into that reserve if no other power source is available.

  6. Fabian says:

    Good way to kill your fuel pump, run it till dry.

    1. Shane LaHousse says:

      Fuel pumps replacement, one more reason to go completely electric.

  7. Tony Stoughton says:

    Great job. Yes. I read somewhere that there was a reserve. Love the other posts.
    2017 Volt Red Premium package

  8. Bill Howland says:

    Ok so flooring it after everything is ‘dead’ gets you around 2.4 miles. You probably can go at least 2 1/2 miles if you’re gentle on the pedal.

    One thing I’ve personally experienced: Driving with no gas will burn out the fuel pump on GEN 1 Volts since the thing doesn’t have enough sense to stop pumping when there is no gas.

  9. Misdmo says:

    To answer your question at the end of the video…
    I own a 2013 Hot Wheels Edition Chevy Camaro(3916 miles on it)
    2012 Chevy Volt(43,000)
    The “green” car is for work commute,everyday running around, long trips.
    The “racecar” is to sit in and keep enjoying the new car smell, occasional leisure ride, or take to a carshow.
    I had figured I would get alot of compliments and questions, ppl taking pictures when I take out the Camaro, and I do. What I didnt expect is that I get just as many about the Volt!
    The funny thing is ppl are really impressed. They know nothing about it and I love to tell them!

  10. Shane LaHousse says:

    I’ve noticed that upon switch to engine, it will overrun out of proportion to demand from vehicle. It is my impression battery is recharging to obtain reserve for passing and grades. Volt drivers who drive with center cluster energy meter will notice this, especially exaggerated during period immediately following switch to engine.