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haha! This video is hilarious. The long time for the Volt to start up, the slow response LCD, pegged at -40F... LOL.

Looks like you got a low tire there? ;)

I'm surprised you got 10.7 kWh out of the battery. I get that's an estimate, but I never seem to get more than 9.9kWh with my 2013 in the winter.

These are definitely the conditions where you'd see "Battery too cold, plug in to warm" if you didn't have it plugged in to condition. Of course, regular ICE cars need to be plugged in up there with these temperatures too, so no biggie I suppose.

I remember visiting Fairbanks before at those temperatures, fun! Having to unplug my ICE rental car's heater block before leaving the airport with it was interesting. Thanks for sharing! :)
 

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haha! This video is hilarious. The long time for the Volt to start up, the slow response LCD, pegged at -40F... LOL.

I'm surprised you got 10.7 kWh out of the battery. I get that's an estimate, but I never seem to get more than 9.9kWh with my 2013 in the winter.

These are definitely the conditions where you'd see "Battery too cold, plug in to warm" if you didn't have it plugged in to condition. Of course, regular ICE cars need to be plugged in up there with these temperatures too, so no biggie I suppose.

I remember visiting Alaska before at those temperatures, fun! Having to unplug my ICE rental car's heater block before leaving the airport with it was interesting. Thanks for sharing!
Having to plug in regular ICE vehicles is the reason I had my 240v ran outside (my electrician only charged my $250 btw). I figured if I kept my volt in my garage and my Subaru outside they would both be plugged in during the winter.
 

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I would love to see what range I could get at those temperatures without any heat. Sadly by me I have not seen it any colder than -3F.
 

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I have never experienced below -35 or so, and it amazes me how everything stops working at those temps :)

I can't imagine below -40 F. Even if it warms up 70 degrees you are still below freezing. There is something wrong with that :)
 

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I once drove home in my VW air-cooled microbus at -70 degrees Fahrenheit. The headlights dimmed, soon died. I tied to continue driving by moonlight. Then, the engine began chugging and died. The battery died while the alternator was charging it.
 

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So what cabin temp did you actually end up with (and did the seat heaters make it okay)?

The low tire isn't really surprising. It's probably about about 60F colder there than the last time the tire was filled, and that's 6-7 PSI down.
 

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So what cabin temp did you actually end up with (and did the seat heaters make it okay)?

The low tire isn't really surprising. It's probably about about 60F colder there than the last time the tire was filled, and that's 6-7 PSI down.
My steering wheel was in the 30F range the back of my seat around 70F and about 90F on the bottom of the seat. When i first got in the car the foam in the seat didn't compress at all.
 

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The coldest I have driven ANY of my 3 Volt's was -16F in our 2013. -45 is insane.


Metal/plastic/rubber/fluids etc just don't perform well. In fact they may be at their design limits and the fact you pressed the Start button and within seconds you are on your way is impressive.

Good job GM, the amount of testing GM does just paid off. Thanks for sharing, very informative.

Stay warm my friend.
 

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I did an 80 mile drive at -24F, record low temperature for the area, no issue. I assume you have winter tires, I don't know the low temperature limit for all seasons but I wouldn't want a flat at -50F from cracking.
 

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So 79 degrees below freezing....that just does not compute in my brain. Holy crap.
 

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"I just had gym shoes on"...WHAT!!!??? -47...LMAO. Thanks for sharing! Pretty impressive you were able to start up and drive at that temp.
I've never had a problem starting, even with a cold soaked battery nearing -30. I've been close to -40, but I've been plugged in on those occasions. Even had to use the Volt to jump start my other cars when it's that cold.
 
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