On October 28, 2010 in Warren Michigan two retired GM engineers had the opportunity to test drive a new Chevy Volt.

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    • Joe Rogers
      Joe Rogers

      Excellent, but you guys need goggles, if your going to drive those high speeds!

      about 6 years ago
    • ra5928
      ra5928

      The 2013 Volt has the "Hold" driving feature that the Ampera already had in Europe. I'm jealous. I'm hoping it's a software upgrade only and that it won't cost much. If that is true, I will upgrade.

      about 6 years ago
    • ra5928
      ra5928

      The Ampera (European Volt) took first place in the Monte Carlo Alternative Fuel Rally. 4 in the top 10. Tesla Roadster was the first place winner for the previous 2 years. It is not a rally for speed, but rather a rally for fuel efficiency. Seems that a series hybrid can beat out a total electric for efficiency. It also beat out all the other hybrids and plug-in hybrids. That's strange! Not to a Volt owner like me who has used only 8 gallons in 10 months.

      about 6 years ago
    • marshgre
      marshgre

      Tesla's Model S uses liquid cooled batteries and still has room for five adults. I just think that by sticking with the battery layout from the EV-1 GM is missing the chance to revolutionize the layout and design of their cars. If the batteries are flat under the floor all kinds of design possibilities can emerge from one basic platform. Tesla Model S shares much of the same platform as the Model X that can seat seven adults.

      about 6 years ago
    • marshgre
      marshgre

      By the way your previous comment reads I thought you were saying that the battery in the Leaf is "being babied" by not being over charged or discharged too deeply. It almost sounded like you were saying that the Volt was built tougher and could withstand improper battery management.

      about 6 years ago
    • marshgre
      marshgre

      Are you saying that the Volts battery is cycled lower than 29%? From my understanding of battery chemistry charging a Lithium Ion battery to 100% or discharging it too deeply will ultimately result in a shorter battery life. Just ask any kid who regularly runs their iPod down to the depths of its battery, it soon gets to a point where it won't hold a charge. I would hope GM wouldn't do that to their customers. Still wish they would build a car like the Volt for a family of five.

      about 6 years ago
    • ADVMotoUtah
      ADVMotoUtah

      @AlternativeEnergy101 The 120 volt "charger" only is only rated to draw 12 amps, not 20. Also the battery pack only uses 9 kwh for the propulsion system, not 20-25. Currently I've driven my 2012 volt 2200 miles on 6.2 gallons of gas, that's 354 miles to the gallon. In addition I've used approx 645 kwh to charge the car. At 8.7 cents per kwh, that's about $56.00. I had a Gen III Prius before the volt, and the difference in mileage, driving dynamics and power are like night and day!

      about 6 years ago
    • traingp7
      traingp7

      @AlternativeEnergy101 Very good comment. The one thing you left out is the free battery charge that some people will be able to take advantage of at their job. You charge your car while at work and when you leave to go home your battery is topped off for free and you can go 25 to 40 miles depending on how cold the temperature is outside and it costs you nothing. Obviously people who have factory jobs where their are electric outlets all over the outside of the building will come in handy.

      about 7 years ago
    • Bobby Johnson
      Bobby Johnson

      Now that's a car

      about 7 years ago
    • marshgre
      marshgre

      Why does the battery pack take up so much space but give so little range? The battery pack in a Leaf has double the range and fits under the car giving more space inside.

      about 7 years ago
    • Billy Sou
      Billy Sou

      @sugar4clay

      Ultimately, it varies where you live. If you're a larger city i.e. New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, I think you can purchase the Volt. However, most markets only offer it as a lease. Eventually, the Volt should be mass produced nationwide within this calendar year.

      about 7 years ago
    • caganb
      caganb

      They all drive VW's in real life. HaHaHaHa

      about 7 years ago
    • choddo
      choddo

      Is the right passenger door open there at about 1:50? ;-) Looking forward to this car coming on the market here.

      about 8 years ago