Volt Review Re-Run Still Runs Out of Gas

Volt Review Re-Run Still Runs Out of Gas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/media-2 /
USA Today re-joins the cavalcade of media outlets helping GM destroy as
much Volt buzz as possible via premature recapitulation. Yes, its a recycled review of the Volt that fails to address questions surrounding the Hail Mary-shaped plug-in hybrids internal combustion engine (ICE). When does it kick in? How does the car behave when it kicks in? Whats the Volts operating range? Whats the mpg when the ICE is operative? Of course, you cant 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 theyre 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 wasnt operable in the test cars, so there was no hint of how smooth and quiet itll be when it comes on to charge the batteries, if needed.
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It should be about as "smooth and quiet" as turning on the headlamps, one would think.
After all it only runs to supply current to the battery, it does motivate the vehicle.

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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.
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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 the planet.

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I guess because you do not know that the Volt is a larger, fully equipped vehicle, like those currently selling in that price range. Its competition will be a hybrid Lexus.

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Jim Higgins wrote:

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?
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That if the same for all vehicles and that is why the EPA label lists averages and says, your mileage many vary.

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Except for the fact the heated seat will not come on, when one uses a remote starter. LOL

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My Buick does not, but my Sonata will. Nice feature on a cold day.
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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 heated/cooled seats.

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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.
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Perhaps you should have opted for automatic climate control.

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Probably poorly.
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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Seems to me SmartCar buyers on very smart if they drive them any highway anywhere.

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