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I think Nathan and Roman's time is higher because of the higher elevation?
 

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The Volt will always have some amount of charge in the battery in REx mode. It'll never be completely empty. From what I've seen, both generations go less than 1/2 second faster in hold and REx mode.
 

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I think Nathan and Roman's time is higher because of the higher elevation?
The Volt and other electric cars will be faster at high elevations due to less dense air and no loss of power since they don't use oxygen for combustion like an internal combustion engine. You will always get some variation in 0-60, try using figures from the same source.

However, the Volt's generator will not make as much power at high elevations, but I think it is powerful enough that it wont matter.
 

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Thanks. This is surprising to me. My sense was the car goes way slower when in gasoline only mode, than it does when the car has gas in the tank and battery power. Maybe it's the engine revving sound that makes it "feel" sluggish.
 

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The Volt will always have some amount of charge in the battery in REx mode. It'll never be completely empty. From what I've seen, both generations go less than 1/2 second faster in hold and REx mode.
This is correct. The Volt battery always maintains a low-end buffer to a) protect the battery, b) assist with high-demand acceleration, and c) allow for very low speed EV driving without using the ICE.
 

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I take it pretty easy on my 2013, want it to last etc. but it can move quick when I need it to, like to get in front of the pack of cars waiting at a light because you're in the wrong lane and need to get over there.

It's quick off the line... Is it faster than ICE cars because it has quicker access to more torque?

Like how a human is supposed to be quicker than a cheetah in a 10 foot race...

Guess that depends on if the cheetah is right behind you.
 

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Thanks. No electric charge on battery gas only.
The Volt never really does gas-only. Even when the battery is drained and the car turns the engine on, there's another kilowatt hour or so in reserve which it uses for fast acceleration and hill climbing.

Between that reserve and the lower voltage drop in the pack from the engine providing power, Volt 0-60 times are generally slightly faster on gas.
 

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Thanks. This is surprising to me. My sense was the car goes way slower when in gasoline only mode, than it does when the car has gas in the tank and battery power. Maybe it's the engine revving sound that makes it "feel" sluggish.
Yes the revving and speed are not matched as the ICE motor is normally generating electricity, that flows to the battery and even when the battery shows 0 there is a significant buffer so the electric motor has plenty of power. So it very rare when you are on gas only and if it happens you will know it. As the ICE is about 75 HP but the electric motor is like 230 HP. So if/when the battery is empty the car is noticeably slower, very noticeably.
 
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