Your dealer is completely wrong. You can drive across the country with the Volt, with the occasional stop for gasoline. No charging is required.
Unfortunately, they closed the good Chevy dealer in my area (when GM reduced their franchisees 10 or so years ago). They "re-assigned" me to one 20 minutes away, where I had some really bad customer service experiences. This is the next closest one (30 minutes away).I wouldn't buy a truck from this dealer, either. He probably likes them because he gets to ride up high (yee-hah!) - which I guess is as good an excuse as any. But his knowledge base is all hat and no cattle. BTW, I also own pickups.
Stupid dealer spreading FUD. Mine has been parked for three weeks straight unplugged and drive with no issues whatsoever. Except for a couple special circumstances, the big battery is locked off from everything while the car is off - it won't discharge while you're parked (unlike some other EVs - but even the ones that do have vampire drain last months, not days.)Prospective Volt buyer. I drive frequently for multi-day trips (sometimes as much as a week or two), during which time I park my car and don't drive it. There wouldn't be charging available at the parking garage I leave the car at. The Chevy dealer told me that if I drove to the garage (arriving with my battery empty, driving on gas at that point), and left it for more than a day or two, it wouldn't start when I got back. This didn't sound right, so I checked the forums when I got home, figuring there would be angry owners who went on a road trip and left their depleted Volt at an airport (or outside Grandma's house) and couldn't start it when it was time to go home. Can't find any such discussions! Is this dealer just anti-EV? (he drives a truck) Or is this a legitimate concern?
Gas engine does not charge the battery. The gas engine only runs enough to power the car in motion. Using the gas engine to charge the battery is very inefficient.As for charging using the gas engine (or is it just a generator?), how long does it have to run to charge the battery (while parked) - are we talking minutes, hours?
The engine will never fully recharge the high voltage battery. There is no reason for it to do that. You can partially recharge it using mountain mode, but it would be more efficient to just drive using the engine power.As for charging using the gas engine (or is it just a generator?), how long does it have to run to charge the battery (while parked) - are we talking minutes, hours?
If you're worried, get one of those inverter/starter/air pump boxes and leave it in the car - the Volt doesn't need much 12V power to start, and the little battery in that should be more than enough.If you're worried, just drive the whole way in mountain mode. It will reserve a larger portion of the battery for later use. When you are ready to leave, you should have about 1/3 battery to get you going.
Of course, if you leave something on and your 12V battery dies, you're stuck regardless. Make sure everything is turned off