It is pretty much a standard GM engine and the transmission is basically a gear box, much less complicated than a 'normal' ICE transmission. The only consequence would be that your gas bill would only be slightly less than an ICE car instead of extremely lower. Gas only MPG is 40+mpg.How would Volt hold up if I drive mostly on gas or "hold" mode? Wondering if the engine and transmission(?) can handle 200k miles? Please point me to a thread if one exist. I couldn't find any thread when searching. Thanks.
Charging overnight on 120V 12A may be enough. 240V will be twice as fast, but if you are home for 8 hours anyway, it's a moot point. So if you have a dedicated 120V 15A circuit (nothing else like a freezer sharing it), you may be good.Thanks. I'll be charging occasionally since it only covers half of my daily commute and no way to charge at work. I'll sometime charge at home overnight since it's currently parked outside and need to figure out how to get 220V closer to the car. Thanks.
There were plenty of GE employee operated GEN1 Volts that were next to 100% ICE operation...How would Volt hold up if I drive mostly on gas or "hold" mode? Wondering if the engine and transmission(?) can handle 200k miles? Please point me to a thread if one exist. I couldn't find any thread when searching. Thanks.
I certainly wouldn't have bought a Volt if I couldn't charge mine daily. It sounds like it's really not the best type of car for him.My friend (who convinced me to get a Volt) actually almost never charges his, as his apartment complex doesn't allow it. He's had his several months longer than mine and has only had one service item (coolant leak, covered under warranty). If I had to guess, his is probably 98% gasoline miles.
Have you considered a Prius? If your commute is long enough you could potentially use less gas with it because it's more fuel efficient than a Volt in gas mode. Your commute would probably have to be at least a couple of hundred miles before hitting the crossover point, though.Thanks. I'll be charging occasionally since it only covers half of my daily commute and no way to charge at work. I'll sometime charge at home overnight since it's currently parked outside and need to figure out how to get 220V closer to the car. Thanks.
The engine behaves very similar to both non-Volt hybrids I've driven (Toyota SUV, Lincoln sedan). The only difference in behavior is that when in any mode but Mountain Mode, the engine will not work its hardest, and instead will stay revved up even when coasting for a few seconds. In MM, it revs more to keep the battery at its setpoint just like how a hybrid with a tiny HV battery works. This essentially lets the engine last longer and slightly reduces fuel consumption.You will be disapointed driving an EREV on engine only. The Volt is great because of it's battery, not it's engine. The engine does weird things that only make sense if you are driving on EV most of the time. If you are always on engine, you'll just have a funny acting car.
Save your money and buy a good ICE car with good gas mileage. For near 40K, you will get a much better engine, and likely a more luxurious interior.
This is true; the battery is used first while accelerating, and the engine picks up the slack, even with 0 EV miles. There's no torque converter to wear out either. Even on non-plugin hybrids, the engine works very little until about 20-30 MPH where the electric motors start losing torque.Also in terms of wear, the hardest work any ICE has to do accelerate from a stop to about 20mph. This is where fuel economy is poorest and the most engine wear can happen. In the Volt, I believe the battery buffer is used (even if depleted) to get the car going from a stop so there would be less wear on the motor over time due to this.