Originally Posted by Bueller
I mean the frequent on/off duty cycle of the engine in the environments in which the volt shines really aren't the best venue for a diesel. Diesels (almost all of which are turbocharged in modern automotive applications) do best when started and run through complete warm up and cool down cycles. Frequent start/stop operations aren't as good for a turbo diesel. A normally aspirated gasoline engine isn't nearly as adversely affected by this operation, and tends to warm up faster than a comparably performing diesel.
The Volt runs the I.c. engine when the battery is discharged to the safe limit. So, it won't run intermittently when it is used. The Volt also has logic that allows the engine to come up to temperature when it runs.
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