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I'm wondering will the Chevy Volt Handle the Burtal Michigan Winters like recently.

I suggestion this needs to be looked at Because I live in Michigan and I want a Chevy Volt :)
 

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I'm wondering will the Chevy Volt Handle the Burtal Michigan Winters like recently.

I suggestion this needs to be looked at Because I live in Michigan and I want a Chevy Volt :)
This is #1 on my list too.
I'm near Toronto, so I get pretty much the same weather as Michigan. Since these batteries are liquid cooled, could they have some sort of smart sensor, that could heat the batteries as well as cool them if needed?
Because I'm pretty sure -20C on a cold night is gonna kill your charge ;)
Granted, we're rarely that cold, but it will probably hinder performance.
The generator ICE would also need some kind of system, as the performance of our current car suffers if we don't plug in the block heater on cold nights/mornings.
 

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I just had a thought I might use a garge but what if the car had to park outside It's been 9f lately I hear the goal is to have the system with stand -40f. But that be really hard right now. looks like the plug in system gonna have to supply more than a recharge for the battery looks like a heater and how about a Preheat for the passenger area so we don't have to get into a cold car.
 

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Lithium batteries don't respond to cold in quite the same way that lead-acid batteries do. They may be affected but not to the same extent.
 

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If it runs in Milford...

I can only assume (I know, I saw that movie too) that the Volt will spend allot of quality time at the GM proving grounds near Milford Michigan. If it runs there it will run anywhere.

Another Michigan resident who is waiting for a volt.
 

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I have been thinking about this as well, I live in Chicago and our winters can be pretty brutal as well. It seems possible, that if your batteries are to cold then the generator could directly power the engine, bypassing the battery completely as it heats up.

This may not be possible because of some technical issue I don't understand.

What do you guys think?
 

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I have been thinking about this as well, I live in Chicago and our winters can be pretty brutal as well. It seems possible, that if your batteries are to cold then the generator could directly power the engine, bypassing the battery completely as it heats up.

This may not be possible because of some technical issue I don't understand.

What do you guys think?
Actually, that is a very simple solution to the problem. ICE's already meet cold start requirements, so REEV's address this issue today, while battery tech improves. I suspect that there will always be some start-up procedure in which the default battery mode is immediately switched to ICE should they not be capable of delivering sufficient power to the vehicle, so this would be just one more instance in which the ICE runs at startup.
 
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