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So has anyone looked into or thought about how/if a trailer hitch can be installed on a Volt?

I have this electric bike:
http://epluselectricbike.com/buy-bikes-online/electric-commuter-bikes/e-surly-big-dummy

Since it's long and a bit heavier than regular bikes (due to the battery and motor), the only/best method for hauling it around is a trailer hitch mounted bike rack as opposed to the type that slips in under the trunk/hatchback lid. I'm just wondering if the undercarriage of the Volt is conducive to installing a trailer hitch like normal cars? Does anyone know?
 

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I have seen a few running around the proving ground with trailer hitchs. Check your manual about max capacity.
 

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I have seen a few running around the proving ground with trailer hitchs. Check your manual about max capacity.
The manual is pretty clear on this, "General Towing Information - The vehicle is neither designed nor intended to tow a trailer or another vehicle." page 9-62

They had to modify body parts (i.e., cut) to mount those trailer hitches you saw. So, back to pavers123 question, it wouldn't be pretty or simple, but might not void the waranty like using it to pull a trailer.
 

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Pavers123 - I too am in desperate need of a bike rack for our Volt. I'm not gonna do any version of a roof rack (even when they come out and I know they're not available now). The "strap-on" boot rack is not my preference - I wanna go with a "hitch mounted system". I think the two other posters got off track a bit - just so we're clear: I'm NOT INTERESTED IN TOWING ANYTHING OR ANYBODY - this is all about bikes for me.

There's a shop here in Santa Monica that is 100% dedicated to racks and they send a ton of biz to a welder in West LA. The day I dropped in they had 3 cars up on blocks with bike rack hitches being installed. This was the first Volt they'd seen, we talked in depth. The back up light sits too low for the hitch to go under the light, we'd scrape it off on every driveway. They are willing to mount it higher and simply cut into the body for a port in above the back up light, in the bumper or under the license plate. I think a hole under the plate is something I can live with (when rack is of, plate covers hole. When rack is on the plate either flips up or comes off and sticks to rack via magnets or something similar. This does set the bikes up higher than normal (high enough to catch more wind but not so high to hit the top of the garage if forgotten).

If you've made any progress - let me know. Ian

PS. yes to all, I have fit my bike in the back with both seats down - simply won't do after a mtn or cyclocross race (bike's too dirty). And, sometimes I travel with friends who are racing as well so we need seats and bikes. And no my second car won't be a mini van, it's Rav EV and sometimes I travel beyond range for races.
 

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Max load is 750 lbs. Unless your e-bike is a Harley you shouldn't have any issues. And, if you and your friends are all bike riders you're not likely to exceed the limit!
(4 of me, and a twinkie would easily exceed 750)
 

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The Volt is a classy sedan which looks right at home on the streets of Beverly Hills. But does it fit the lifestyle of the driver who wants to go for a surf or race a triathlon? Is there room for a board or a bike?

My friend Colby borrowed my Volt last weekend to see if a test drive would encourage his parents to purchase. His mom has leased the Mini E for the past year, but his dad drives a SUV, so the Volt had to be able to take Dr. Trudeau (photo, at left) surfing. They were able to fit his 9 ft. board in the car and close the back by putting down the backseats and the passenger seat.

My husband Ian, a triathlon coach and an avid cyclist, needs to be able to bring several bikes at a time to races and rides. Although you can fit one bike comfortably inside the Volt with the back seats down, two bikes are not feasible, unless you don’t mind stacking them on top of each other. My friend Darell feels that the lip of the trunk is unnecessarily high and the opening of the hatchback needs to be wider for easier loading. I tend to agree, although we both love the look of the Volt and sometimes design takes precedence over practicality.

Since it is too new a vehicle model, there is currently no rack made specifically for the Volt, neither for the roof nor for the hatchback door, so we are getting a trailer hitch rack made. A custom one is required due to the low placement of the center rear light, and we will still need to carve out some of the rear bumper to allow the hitch to come from under the vehicle. We are hoping for an access point that is hidden behind the license plate. Note: the Volt cannot tow, the trailer hitch rack simply holds bicycles.

Adding a rack will increase drag and reduce mileage, but being able to attach one makes the Volt more attractive to a larger number of drivers, and to the Trudeau family, I hope.


Alexandra Paul is a longtime electric vehicle advocate, actress and former EV1 driver. She is working with Chevrolet to educate consumers about EVs and the Volt. Full disclosure, Chevrolet is paying her for her time, but her opinions will always be hers.
 

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FYI, I saw a post on FB several days ago about someone who had a bike rack on their Volt. I think it went from the 38+ EV miles to like 24 EV miles when they had bikes on it.

But no big deal for those that want to go ride their bikes because bikes get awesome MPG.
 

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Ian, if I had the option for custom work, I would go ahead and remove the backup light, put the hitch opening right in that spot, then get a pair of LED foglights and mount them on the sides, wired into the old light circuit.

Nate
 

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Scott, I think the Ian in your quote is IanPeace. :) Nate
<grin> That may be ... there are so many Ian's around tho. (Doh!)
 

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I put a hitch on my Ford Fusion Hybrid, no problem. For the distance and amount of time I would have it on, it would not be a big impact for me.

It's understandable that they would do what they could to get the best fuel mileage out for the car, BUT, aren't most of the environment types outdoors people? Wouldn't it have been even cooler if they thought of this too and designed the most efficient car with a bike rack?
 

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