Video: Don’t You Wish Your Cell Phone Had Backup Power Like the Chevy Volt?

JUL 26 2013 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 23

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Running Low? Too Bad You Can’t Switch to Backup Power

Imagine a world where all battery-operated devices came with a backup power source.

Never would you be left with a cell phone with a dead battery, or an iPad with only seconds left of charge.

If all of the world’s various battery-operated devices had backup power, then you’d never have to go searching for a charger or replacement batteries.

You’d never be “left in the dark,” so to say.

That’s where the Chevy Volt’s range-extender comes in.  It’s that backup power source that’ll always get you from point A to point B, if needed.

That’s the point Chevrolet is trying to convey in its latest Volt commercial and we think the automaker gets it right this time.

Previous Volt ads often sent mixed messages, but this one is straight to the point.  Want backup power?  The Volt has it.

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23 Comments on "Video: Don’t You Wish Your Cell Phone Had Backup Power Like the Chevy Volt?"

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Not to rip on the Volt (I’m an owner of one), but this reminded me of the Nissan Leaf commercial “What if everything ran on gas”. Basically Nissan was poking fun at the Volt’s range extender, even showing one at a gas station, and displaying everyday devices running on little gas engines.

Ha! Love the ad! I would rename it Amish of the Future!

Loved that commercial…Too funny…Thanks for sharing again!!!

I loved that commercial. Nissan definitely wanted to separate itself from the Volt based on the ending but I thought it was more aimed at gas powered infrastructure in general. For those who don’t want or require and extender Nissan made their point perfectly. For those who do want or require an extender the new Volt commercial scores the point the same (without the jab at their Leaf brother).

I think the idea of the track is to take away all other experiences and focus on just this fact. I still consider both of these commercials a success.

While we are critiquing commercials, I love this VW Jetta commercial. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Prius has, and is doing its job to change the world too, but the commercial scores the point for the Jetta. Was that the sound track to Raising Arizona?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgzS-JQQxBc

LOL. Reminds me of the minivan passing Mack in Cars.

Hilarious. Makes the point. The dig at the Volt seems a little over the top and unnecessary. Maybe thats why Volt folks act competitive w the Leaf rather than supporting a fellow EV.

This ad has been around for a while. My only gripe is is shows the Volt on a circular track not going anywhere. That doesn’t really convey to people that you can drive long distances, or across country. In my opinion, it is still a fail.

For me the fail in this particular ad is that this indoor track needs HUGE ventilation fans. The phone and tablet are operable by humans in an enclosed space.

Nice ad. The Volt as a plug-in hybrid can go over 300 miles if needed without stopping to refuel. Then recharging for another 40 EV miles upon the return home.

Unlike an 80 mile EV, for most the Volt can more comfortably be the ‘only’ vehicle in a household.

BMW has it right. Pure EVs will remain as part of a home ‘fleet’ of vehicles for a while, especially those with children, that include either ICE or hybrid vehicles.

Yes, that is also what I tend to think, for now a decent 75 EV miles and a Flex-Fuel compact range extender is the pragmatic way to go forward for an affordable family car. But yesterday, when I sat in the Brussels Tesla center Model S, I admit to have second thoughts. It is family friendly seating 3 in the back unlike the Volt, and even 2 more behind if necessary. It is really simple in its working, a battery and a motor, and if superchargers start to be available like tank stations and the rates goes to 720 KW instead of 120 KW, then yes it is the best way to go. Last to have the gen III for affordability because the Brussels unveiled standard Model S 85 KWh price was 83590 € (x 1.32754 =110969 $).
So for now I will stay Priusmaniac instead of Teslamaniac, but chances are…
Special thank to Nicolas Lens who showed me the Model S.

Oh, to have to turn your phone OFF, such hardship [sarcasm].

I was deeply affected when I saw the slums of Mumbai and Cape Town, in person (a video doesn’t convey the scope, smell, or sound very well). That is real hardship.

First world problems…

Reminded of a funny “First world problem”…. My TV is so thin that the Wii bar keeps falling off of it. Haha.

It is sad though that there’s so much hardship in the world that we’re isolated from and don’t fully appreciate.

No, I don’t want my cellphone to have a tailpipe and emit fumes. Its a stupid ad.

When the Volt is on “back up” power it gets worse mileage than comparably sized vehicles.

“When the Volt is on “back up” power it gets worse mileage than comparably sized vehicles”
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FALSE. The Volt’s MPG in RE mode is higher than 95% of all compact cars (many still in the 20-something figures). The only ones that beat it are a few other “hybrids”.

Where are you getting your information? The Volt gets excellent fuel economy for its class, Especially in city driving. It gets 35 in the city and 40 on the highway. Even most of your “40 mpg” advertised vehicles (Chevy Cruze, etc) get half that rating in city driving, even much worse in stop and go. About the only thing that does better is a Prius. And being the idea of the Volt is that you don’t use gas except on rare occasions, what difference does it make?

Chevy Volt 35/40
Chevy Cruze Eco 28/42
Toyota Prius 51/48
Honda Civic hybrid 44/44
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=32542&id=32655&id=33324&id=33507

I really want to leave the world of dirty oils and fumes, O2 sensors, catalytic converters, etc…definitely an all EV is the way to go for my next car.

Not that great a commercial IMO.
One of these days GM will hit on one though.

So basically GM is crapping all over its own Chevy Spark EV. How brilliant of them.

Good point!

The path to higher sales volume for the Volt is not through the Leaf. Unless the add engages low end luxury buyers, especially those that reached down for the Prius, it is a miss.

If you need backup power for a cellphone or mobile device, there are three ways:

1. Buy a external rechargeable battery pack. Some hold over 3 AH (3,000 mAh) which can recharge through the USB port. It is the safest. Or for DIYers, adapt a laptop or netbook battery with a USB socket.
2. Use a photovoltaic charger (a.k.a. solar panel). If you are outdoors, one on these can recharge slowly (about 15 to 20 mW) so in one hour or more you can fully recharge. Some have a local battery, so you can store a charge while your device doesn’t need it.
3. Use a hand cranked charger. Some can generate over 100 mW), but it is human powered.

Maybe someone can develop a version than is attached to a bicycle and have it charge your device while bicycling, or even a gravity powered one that charges while you run or jog.

No gas burning required!