Volt Review Re-Run Still Runs Out of Gas
USA Today re-joins the cavalcade of media outlets helping GM destroy as
much Volt “buzz” as possible via premature recapitulation. Yes, it’s a
recycled review of the Volt that fails to address questions surrounding
the Hail Mary-shaped plug-in hybrid’s internal combustion engine (ICE).
When does it kick in? How does the car behave when it kicks in? What’s
the Volt’s operating range? What’s the mpg when the ICE is operative? Of
course, you can’t blame USA Today for this sin of omission. GM has point
blank refused to let a journalist drive the car in “extended range”
mode. But you can blame the media for pretending they’re reviewing a
“real” car. Of course, they always mention it at some point in the
“review,” but, by then, the un-damage has been done. As for “GM and the
government are discussing how to calculate a realistic fuel-economy
number,” we all know how that turned out.
Tuning of the gasoline engine. It wasn’t operable in the test cars,
so there was no hint of how smooth and quiet it’ll be when it comes on
to charge the batteries, if needed.
Any reciprocating internal combustion engine is going to make noticeable
motion and noise. It may only charge the battery, but it is still in the
confines of the body. It comes down to quantity of those factors and how
often in use it must run.
You mean, in contrast to Toyota that had a $#it load of unsold 2009 Pruis'
sitting at their ports of entry because they could not sell them, until the
clunker program lowered the $32,000 drive home price by $4,500?
The intro date for the Volt has yet to be set by GM. When it does come to
market, the environuts will buy them just as they did the hybrids, to save
know, when it's minus 20 or 30 degrees out there, the heaters going, and
all moving parts are stiff with the cold. Or is this car going to be
like a motor scooter where you have to put it away for the winter?
If what you say is true and ones vehicle has automatic climate control, that
is redundant, but I never saw ANY vehicle, with relay activated
heated/cooled seats that did NOT fault to OFF, and I sold just about any
brand on the market when I was in retail and they all had relay activated
The Sonata has climate control but the seats are separate switches. You can
put them in the on position and they will com eon when the engine starts, a
nice feature in winter.
My Buick is as you say, it defaults to off. Only difference is the Buick
burned out after one winter and the bastards want $675 to replace it.
Instead of fixing the $15 toaster element, they have to replace the entire
seat bottom. Great design.
Some remotes can be programmed to turn of seats and rear defrosters but I
never looked into that feature. I usually set the climate control to
defrost if I think it is needed the next morning.
First, batteries have less crank power when cold. Second, if the creature
inside needs heat, heat deadens battery charges real quick. Add to above,
it takes longer to charge batteries in a chill and costs more KW to do it.
They will not go as far either before gasoline engine is needed. Cold
underpowered engines driving a generator consume lots of fuel.
Lets put it this way, like the SmartCar you will not see many on the road
from Minot MN, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Yukon or Alaska come winter with
a -30 temp. Probably a miserable experience even in Colorado in January.
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