^This. And I think the manual says to leave the HV at less than 50% SOC.1. Keep the Volt unplugged in an environment under 90 degrees F so the battery doesn't degrade.
2. Fog the gasoline engine with fogging oil to protect the cylinders.
3. Remove the 12 Volt battery.
In 4 years your car will be fine when you put in a charged 12 Volt battery.
Tank should be left full of E0 fuel with sea foam and stabil and ran.^This. And I think the manual says to leave the HV at less than 50% SOC.
Maybe run the tank dry and use Stabil in the gas before running it dry.
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Lithium batteries don't leak current like NiMH, they should last 10 to 20 years if left with a low charge. Removing the 12V should prevent any current leaking, and the HV is disconnected until the 12 V brings it online so I don't believe there is a problem here. There will be permanent capacity loss, but if stored per manual (discharge to around 40 percent) with battery disconnected in a cool place it should be minimized.The main battery will not last 4 years without a charge, and when it runs down too far, its toast. Then there is the gas engine, your looking at major work to pickle it and all the fluids. Just not a practical idea all around
This is incorrect. As stated Li-ion batteries do not have 'Self Discharge'.... Lithium batteries can lose up to around 5% of their charge per month due to self-discharge, regardless of whether there is a load on them or not. ...
Hi Norton, always good to provide you with evidence to the contrary...This is incorrect. As stated Li-ion batteries do not have 'Self Discharge'.
Look this up. It's easy.
They do have 'Shelf Life' . But that's a different subject.
Tesla's are different beasts. They use power from the HV battery to keep the computers booted up. And they probably have some long term storage procedure that can be used.
The Volt's HV battery is just sitting there not doing a thing when the car is not booted up.
You are still probably better of selling the car now. In four years, barring gasoline jumping to outrageous prices, the car will be worth even less.Thanks so much to all for the imput. Alot to consider for sure. Sadly not a great resale market here in NY, especially w/ the lack of emissions pkg(for HOV) and the coming of the Bolt, etc. I now move to ponder mode but certainly can make a much more intelligent decision... so.. THANKS FORUM PEOPLE!