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  1. Adding Battery Insulation?

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    I know it sounds weird, but that is what I am considering. Here's why: I live in Massachusetts and live in a condo where there are no charging stations, what allowed me to drive a Volt is the fact that I can charge at work everyday. This being so, my 2012 Volt sits unplugged every night, and...
  2. Engine running due to battery temp observations

    Chevy Volt Engineering and Design
    Well, I just got home after my car was parked outside in -18 to -21C for nearly 10 hours. I wasn't expecting the battery to be locked out so easily (people quoted 'days' for this kind of thing to happen), but instead of normal ERDTT to greet me (which I hate enough as it is), the car hesitated...
  3. Polar Volt Club

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Well I just thought I would start this thread to bring all the Volt owners that have to travel in the cold... When I mean cold I mean cold 20 degrees and under. This morning I officially ran my Volt in 13 degrees with the seat warmers on and 1/2" down window so the windows wouldn't fog up... It...
  4. New Volt owner how to lower engine temp

    Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    I'm picking up my new Volt today and well this Michigan weather is very very cold... My question to everyone is how do you lower the engine temp so that in cold weather the gas engine wont kick on only the battery will start? Thanks Mike!!
  5. Volt winter "dynamics"

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Here in Toronto, as in much of the mid and east of North America, 2013-14 has been a relatively cold winter (unlike our non-winter of 2011-12). This has been my second winter with my 2012 Volt (which I love) and it has performed very well, but I have a few observations and questions. My trips...
  6. HOLD mode grayed out

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    OK, yesterday I drove to work, it's cold so the ICE ran on and off the whole 19 miles to work. Normal, as it has been doing. I came out of work to drive home and started it up, the ICE kicked on right off, again this has been the normal with the low temps so I did not think anything of it...
  7. Ccccol Cccommute

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Ccccold Cccommute As some of you know, I have this insane desire to never, ever use gas while driving. This morning it was the coldest it had been in the DC area in 20 odd years. It was 2F when I left home. Thanks to the modified temperature sensor, the OAT reported 53F in the garage and...
  8. Full Battery, Engine on, causes engine to rev during regen?

    Li-Ion Battery, Charging, Mgmt System - Chevy Volt
    Its below 25 degrees, my battery was fully charged. Started car, engine came on right away, drove down the street, downhill all the way and had it in "L". As I let off the accelerator, the engine started reving way up even though it had only been on a few seconds. Does regen feed back to the...
  9. Cold Weather Driving Tips (Live Web Chat)

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Winter driving tips web chat this Friday (January 25, 2013) at noon. An excerpt from their link: (read more...)
  10. Baby its cold outside

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Ok, post your pics! I'm sure I'm likely not in the coldest place, but it is pretty darned cold. Sorry for the fuzzy picture, but it indicates -3F! It read -4F a few minutes earlier, but I had to wait until I stopped at a light. No fiddling with the smartphone while driving for me thank you. ;) I...
  11. Pre Conditioning in an Enclosed Garage

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    Hey guys, cold climate question here: My car (which I don't have yet) will be parked in my attached two car garage (Calgary, the garage can hit temps of -5 C (23 F) on the coldest periods, but is usually around 6 C (43 F) all winter. Outside temps can drop to -25 (-15 F). The rest of the year...
  12. Cold weather battery thermal management while charging

    Chevy Volt Engineering and Design
    I have been waiting for some cold weather here in Maine so that I can observe how much power the Volt is drawing from our Voltec charging station (240V level 2) to maintain the battery temperature at a safe level. I have live monitoring equipment for temperature and charging current in Watts...
  13. Abnormal day, new issue?

    Li-Ion Battery, Charging, Mgmt System - Chevy Volt
    Drove all over, made it to work with 3 miles remaining, charged with the 110 EVSE charger. Got out of work, had 43 mile range (normally 33 in this Wisconsin cold) and when I started driving, found I had no regen until I got on the highway. Range dropped somewhere in the first 2-3 miles from the...
  14. No electric heat yesterday, 3 start cycles, but fine today

    Mechanical Systems - Chevy Volt
    Yesterday was a very rainy day, and after I drove around in the rain in the morning, I left for the store in the afternoon. I was plugged in and at 80% charge. When I got in the Volt it was 38 degrees outside, and I drove 6 miles and 10 minutes and the HVAC was blowing frigged cold air. I was...
  15. Winterize Volt

    Chevy Volt General Discussion, News, and Events
    Hi All, I have a 2011 Volt and live in Saskatchewan, Canada and winter is well on it's way. I am wondering if I need to winterize my Volt as it won't be long when it's going to be -20C (-4F) for weeks on end. I better check my windshield washer fluid to make sure it's winter rated and won't...
  16. Air intake blocking in winter ? Anyone ?

    Chevy Volt Accessories and Modifications
    Hello Volt community, First as this is my first post, a big thanks to the creator of this site and to the gm-Volt community. I was able to find so many answers to my concerns before ordering my Volt (and dropping the idea of buying a Leaf). I still fill guilty to have spent so much money in a...
  17. Battery Too Cold to Start Vehicle?

    Generation 1 Volt (2011-2015)
    So I live in Southern California and don't get my Volt exposed too much to any extreme cold weather, with the exception of driving regularly to Mammoth Mountain for snowboarding. I am new to the Volt--not even had it a month, so referring to Chapter 5, Page 44 of my Owner's Manual (see except...
  18. Battery Range Questions

    Newcomers to GM-VOLT.COM (See here for FAQs)
    Sorry if I need some knowledge with these forums but I will continue to learn as I go. I am a new owner of a 2011 Volt and live in Regina, Saskatchewan Canada. I have had it now for over a month and here are some questions that I have. (Not sure if I have to make a new Thread) 1) For the first...