Irrelevant with the Volt - that's what the ICE is for.I wouldn't consider an EV including a Volt if I still lived on the prairies...too damn cold and too many miles between charging stations.
i have a 50km drive to my office daily. I am thinking the volt would be great. i also do some travel on the weekends 200-400km. I currently have a truck and the fuel consumption is allot for short commutes like my daily drive.Irrelevant with the Volt - that's what the ICE is for.I wouldn't consider an EV including a Volt if I still lived on the prairies...too damn cold and too many miles between charging stations.
Yes, the extreme cold the prairies deal with will kick the bejesus out of the EV range, but on the flipside during the summer months an EV in the prairies would almost certainly achieve ranges that many of us with actual terrain to deal with could only dream of.
So, in the end, it's a give and take, and OP, it really depends a lot on how you're planning to use it - local commuting or distance? Are you buying it just because you want an EV, or are you buying it with intention of saving money? New, or used? Gen 1, or Gen2? Lots of variables.
Regardless, compared to our cost of gas here in Canada vs comparatively cheap electricity, every Kilometer you drive on electricity is a win from a savings standpoint, but of course it can be outweighed by higher initial cost, do we need to understand your goals better.
In those cold climates almost everyone has engine block heaters anyway. So the volt isn't very different. Plug it in to keep the battery from freezing.Also need to mention the main battery has a low temperature operating limit - I've run into that a couple of times where the car sat overnight outdoors and unplugged- the ICE engine has to run at startup to help thaw the main battery, and in Central Canada it gets cold enough where it could freeze the battery and brick the car. Nothing to do except plug into a charger till the battery thaws.
There's a youtube video of someone driving a Volt at -50F, Fairbanks AK if I recall correctly.
You have a good commute for a Gen II Volt. Below -10C air temperature the car will cycle on and off the gas engine to maintain the coolant temperature above a threshold (we call this ERDTT "Engine running due to temperature"). But with a 50km commute you will be able to make that round trip no problem on a charge even in deep winter using only a bit of gas for ERDTT.i have a 50km drive to my office daily. I am thinking the volt would be great. i also do some travel on the weekends 200-400km. I currently have a truck and the fuel consumption is allot for short commutes like my daily drive.
with the ev range drop in the cold i figure the gas range extender would be allot less that my traditional v8 engine.
i am thinking the volt is a viable option is there anything i am not thinking off or any suggestions?