I’m aware Ari performs his EMMs and FMMs while parked, but because his ICE is never running while the car is in motion, it could be possible his ICE has also not been clutched to the second electric motor (i.e., acting as a generator) in the past 4+ years.
My question is, since Ari hasn’t driven down the road in Extended Range mode in 4+ years, how can he confirm his ICE is still capable of operating as designed as a generator?
If a Volt is parked, will the ICE start up to generate power to run the heater or air conditioning if the car is on and in Hold mode? When the heater or a/c has used enough power to drop the soc below the Hold soc point, would the ICE start up and generate electricity to recharge the battery (or merely power the heater or a/c), even if you were not moving? Of course, the 2012 Volt has no Hold mode, but a similar test could be made by switching to Mountain Mode when the battery soc was just above the MM-maintained level. Park the car, and then let the heater or air conditioner run to draw the soc down to the MM-maintained level. Would the ICE then come on to generate electricity to run the heater or a/c?