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starting to see some cold weather -17 c or 1 deg f with the 2016 car,
first off , I have to apologize to all the tree huggers out there, seems like I'm all about saving the planet until my butt gets cold, then its, come on global warming!
our area will hit -30 in either temp in jan-feb , so that is yet to come, I'm wondering how the car will handle those temps
when the temp hit 0 c /32 f with a skiff of snow, I almost put it into a curb, the high mileage hard rubber tires don't work on ice or snow, so off to the tire shop and a set of Michelin ice tires put on
these tires are very soft ,in high temps they will wear very quickly , so only run when cold, being soft , they really take the stiff ride out of the car, and kill the range ,but will keep you on the road on snow or ice.
I also found out these tires will handle on snow and ice, hard braking or regen in low ,but will not handle regen paddle, I think gm should reduce paddle regen at about -3 c by about 20 %,a few times it got scary to the point of me refusing to use it at that temp.
moving forward to -17c , command start starts the engine, the range is down to 45 km on battery, and I find me putting it straight to hold to get the engine up to 80c as fast as possible to heat the cab, the electric seems to maintain the heat fine but seems to struggle to warm it up quickly
the only problem with this is every time you slow below 50 km the motor shuts off, and I find my self going nooooo, so it takes way longer to get the motor up to temp then it could
I think the car needs a cold weather mode, if the cab can use the engine coolant it would be nice to first heat the engine up and then go hybrid -10c and lower
did I mention its an awesome car
 

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It does that. It's called ERDTT. Or you can put it in Hold till the cabin is warm then switch to electric. Once the ERDTT OAT is reached, either 2°C or -10°C (selectable 2013), you get engine heat whether you want it or not.
 

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I'm sure you knew all cars in the Great White North need modern Winter Tires. Not old school Snow Tires.

There is a thread asking why the car can't do 'Block Heater' functions. It has a 6kW coolant heater and multiple electric water pumps.

It's a complicated set of coolant systems, but for you folks 'up there', they could have complicated it a little more and allow preheating the poor engine before it starts in those gadforsaken temps.
It would be easier on the engine and you'd have warm ERDTT cabin heat immediately.
 

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I've driven my 2013 Volt in temps as cold as -16 degrees and it actually operated better than any ICE vehicle I have owned in 55 years. The Volt is a marvel.
 

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I drove my 2013 Volt in temperatures as low as -32C (-26F) and it ran just fine. It ran without a skipping a beat even when many other cars wouldn't.

In fact I had to leave my car for a couple of days un-plugged in that cold weather. And I discovered a "deep cold" mode. But it still ran just fine.
 

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ERDTT works till the engine gets to 30c and then reverts back to hybrid. so great, it takes care of the batteries but leaves it short for the human interface. beyond that point hold mode helps to bring the engine temp up to temp with the annoyance of it shutting down when ever it feels like it. precondition on the phone only allows it to do it once, command start on my chev truck does it twice, will have to try key fob on car to see if it will do it twice. -20c today and hop into truck ,engine temp at 90c, car 30c. as my wife says ,gm needs to bring an engineer here, put on a skirt and drive this car in stop and go traffic for 20 min ,first having it sit outside all night ,precondition what you can and then drive it. on the upside maybe she will want to swap vehicles.;)
 

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I'm sure you knew all cars in the Great White North need modern Winter Tires. Not old school Snow Tires.

There is a thread asking why the car can't do 'Block Heater' functions. It has a 6kW coolant heater and multiple electric water pumps.

It's a complicated set of coolant systems, but for you folks 'up there', they could have complicated it a little more and allow preheating the poor engine before it starts in those gadforsaken temps.
It would be easier on the engine and you'd have warm ERDTT cabin heat immediately.
exactly
I think gm should revisit this and have a software upgrade if possible
 

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Had our first snow dump yesterday. volt did fine on a set of bridgestone ws80s. You really need to feather teh throttle from dead stop on this car or you get wheel spin. There is soo much torque at low RPM. I wonder if L mode would be better in snow since it seems to dull the throttle response.

FYI, this is where I live:

 

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Holi Moli !!!
That is some of that really slippery snow!

I've experienced that kind of snow, but not on any kind of hill... It packs into ice when compressed, or something....

Blizzaks all around!
Do they make some in Bus sizes?
 
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