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Anorak 11-08-2012 08:22 PM

I bought a Chevrolet Volt recently.
 
My first brand new car in my entire life, so far.

No pictures because it looks like every other Silver Topaz Metallic Volt with a black leather interior and polished wheels.

I found out this evening that the top speed is limited to 101 mph and that full throttle acceleration up to and including 101 mph runs the charge down quickly. The drain on the battery was 109 Kw indicated which would be 146 HP which is about what the electric motor is rated.

MrBob 11-08-2012 08:32 PM

:ear

Laconic 11-08-2012 08:34 PM

Awesome.

Anorak 11-08-2012 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by MrBob (Post 20004142)
:ear

I figured I'd start a thread about it to see if some other Volt owners had anything to add. I'm curious about driving efficiently. Is it more efficient to use the gas engine for highway trips and the battery for in town and stop and go if the distance is going to exceed the normal electric range?

I like the way it drives. It has a more precise feel than a Prius. I used to have a Corvette and Corvette drivers always wave at each other. I'm not sure if Volt drivers should.

Should I give the finger to Leaf drivers because the Leaf is so impotent looking. It has an air cooled battery, you know. Not liquid cooled like real cars.

Also, I was thinking about an accessory light that comes on to show people that you're in electric mode to make them envious.

Makalu 11-08-2012 09:03 PM

Where did you find one? I read somewhere that dealers canít keep them in stock. :dunno

Keith 11-08-2012 09:31 PM

Did you get the "eco" package that allows it to be carpool lane friendly?

Anorak 11-08-2012 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Makalu (Post 20004321)
Where did you find one? I read somewhere that dealers canít keep them in stock. :dunno

A dealer near me had about 15 of them for some reason. A ZL-1 Camaro, too.

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Originally Posted by Keith (Post 20004429)
Did you get the "eco" package that allows it to be carpool lane friendly?

Yes, I can't imagine that any in CA would be ordered without it since there is no extra cost.

According to the California Air Resource Board website, part of eligibility for the green sticker is that the car must "Have a 10 yr/150K warranty on the zero emission energy storage system." I read that to mean the battery.

El Guero 11-08-2012 10:14 PM

When you are driving a Volt down the highway, does the gas engine ever directly drive the wheels? Or is it all power to the wheels through the electric motor?

Anorak 11-08-2012 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by El Guero (Post 20004560)
When you are driving a Volt down the highway, does the gas engine ever directly drive the wheels? Or is it all power to the wheels through the electric motor?

Yes. The original story was that it was always an electrical connection. Then there was the shocking expose!!!111 Above 70 mph the engine directly drives the wheels as well as electrically. Some people made a big fuss about this because it wasn't a true series hybrid blah blah blah blah.

I drive it differently than gasoline cars. Much more conservatively, an excellent term in this context. I'm trying not to be a traffic impediment. Tailgating Priuseses is kind of fun.

I think this will explain everything.
http://images.thecarconnection.com/l...00326235_l.jpg

Donkey Hotey 11-08-2012 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Anorak (Post 20004606)
I think this will explain everything.

Yes, that's the alternator and starter sprag clutch in a KTM 950. What does that have to do with your car?

Anorak 11-08-2012 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Donkey Hotey (Post 20004658)
Yes, that's the alternator and starter sprag clutch in a KTM 950. What does that have to do with your car?

It's a picture of gears and electricity. Look at the power, the Sun and his planets. America writ large through fire and hob. The phases of Westinghouse and Tesla.

Donkey Hotey 11-08-2012 11:11 PM

Alright, just who the hell are you and what have you done with Anorak!

It is definitely the kind of car that Anorak would buy...just not new...not now.

Anorak is supposed to buy it from an old lady, in fifteen years, after the technology has moved on to something else. He would buy it, take it apart just to see how it all worked, post pictures of it's innards here for all of us to see, then sell it once he got bored with all the theoretical HP, kWH and range calculations.

The real Anorak would locate a rogue EV1 that GM didn't crush, then defiantly parade it around town with some newfangled battery design.

The REAL Anorak would never buy a new car, much less an American one...with a WARRANTY. The end must be near.

Anorak 11-08-2012 11:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Donkey Hotey (Post 20004710)
Alright, just who the hell are you and what have you done with Anorak!

It is definitely the kind of car that Anorak would buy...just not new...not now.

Anorak is supposed to buy it from an old lady, in fifteen years, after the technology has moved on to something else. He would buy it, take it apart just to see how it all worked, post pictures of it's innards here for all of us to see, then sell it once he got bored with all the theoretical HP, kWH and range calculations.

The real Anorak would locate a rogue EV1 that GM didn't crush, then defiantly parade it around town with some newfangled battery design.

The REAL Anorak would never buy a new car, much less an American one...with a WARRANTY. The end must be near.

I did put it on a lift and look at the stuff on the bottom which doesn't look like much. I haven't taken off any of the plastic covers over the engine and inverter thing with the big orange wires. I am curious if anyone has done any hacking of the electronics. There is a section in the "infotainment" menu that allows someone to update the "infotainment" software through the USB port. I would expect that customized menus and functions are possible.

I've had the same reaction from people I know as when I bought the V70XC Volvo. They are confused, it's not what they thought I would be interested in.

And, of the 15 or so cars the real Anorak has owned, three have been foreign and until the Volt only one had a V-8. None have been Fords because a flathead Mercury isn't a Ford nor is a suicide door Lincoln Continental which are aside from the three foreign cars the only non GM cars Anorak has owned. Okay, I just remembered a Ford Fairmont six banger with no rear floor I had that was a demolition derby car and a Dodge Dart that I owned for a day before I traded it for a built TH400 for my 442.

cogitate 11-08-2012 11:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Anorak (Post 20004202)
I figured I'd start a thread about it to see if some other Volt owners had anything to add. I'm curious about driving efficiently. Is it more efficient to use the gas engine for highway trips and the battery for in town and stop and go if the distance is going to exceed the normal electric range?

I like the way it drives. It has a more precise feel than a Prius. I used to have a Corvette and Corvette drivers always wave at each other. I'm not sure if Volt drivers should.

Should I give the finger to Leaf drivers because the Leaf is so impotent looking. It has an air cooled battery, you know. Not liquid cooled like real cars.

Also, I was thinking about an accessory light that comes on to show people that you're in electric mode to make them envious.


Personally, I think you should wear a green bandanna and start a gang of Volt Pirates. You can shake your fist as you pass other hybrids. You can hang out at Starbucks and talk about resistance. Which we know is futile.

aussie_king_mick 11-08-2012 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by El Guero (Post 20004560)
When you are driving a Volt down the highway, does the gas engine ever directly drive the wheels? Or is it all power to the wheels through the electric motor?

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Inside the drive unit, one or both of the motors drives the vehicle based on performance and speed to optimise efficiency. One of the motors serves a dual function, either to help drive the wheels, or to operate as a generator to keep the battery pack at its minimum state of charge. <o:p></o:p>
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At higher loads and speeds, the second motor will activate as needed for efficiency. The Voltec propulsion system optimiser evaluates the best efficiency point hundreds of times per second. <o:p></o:p>
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