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    Thread: Volt Pic Post.........High VOLTage or Low? Post pictures and stories/experiences of your Volt or someone's you know or have driven.

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      11-27-2011 01:08 PM #551
      Quote Originally Posted by hardcore4life View Post
      this car missing one thing
      sand on dash?

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      11-27-2011 05:06 PM #552
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      She gave them space because she didn't know if they could hear her- did she have reason to believe afterwards that they didn't (did they look surprised when she passed), or is she just assuming they didn't? I would think that at above certain speeds, external road noise is noticeable.
      Perhaps she was overly cautious, but on the windy back country roads I was on with this type of car, the speeds were low and the car really wasn't that noticeable to the bikers (they seemed to be a bit unaware about the car's approach). At any rate, as a driver, it does give you pause as to whether they can hear you.

      You don't feel like driving behind bikers in quite the same cavalier way (assuming that they are alert to your presence).

      And that's a good thing.
      Quote Originally Posted by mitch hedberg
      I drive a rental car, I don't know what's going on with it, right? So a lot of times I'll drive for like 10 miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn't say a lot for me, but it really doesn't say a lot for the emergency brake.
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      11-27-2011 10:43 PM #553


      Nice trip to Alaska in a Volt!

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      11-28-2011 01:49 AM #554
      Bump a rump

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      11-28-2011 12:41 PM #555


      A little fall color here

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      11-28-2011 02:50 PM #556
      Road test.

      The Detroit Airport

      This was the first time I was fully allowed to drive and operate the Volt extensively on public roads. For my part I chose to be careful with the pedal and brakes and to indulge in the pleasures of efficiency.


      I found the car to be bright, technical and cheerful as always. The leather seats were comfortable and sturdy and the car was adequately spacious inside though not overly roomy. It was the first time I had seen a final-textured interior surface and found it was well done and gave forth a refined appeal.


      On this first journey, I intentionally didn’t gun the car, I accelerated modestly, coasted once in a while, and often kicked into low gear to utilize motor braking. The car handled and glided smoothly, swiftly and silently with crisp, immediate and perky torque and a highly responsive throttle. It steered like it was floating on air.


      When I started out the battery indicator showed 39 miles of range remained. The surprisingly warm temperature outside ranged from 78 to 83 degrees and so I had to use the air conditioning. I kept it at 76 degrees F and used the ECO mode HVAC setting at which the car was quite comfortable. I turned off the daytime running lights and didn’t use the radio.


      Within a few miles of driving my remaining range had actually climbed to 41. The roads were mostly flat and I drove at around 45 MPH, with minimal traffic and few stops.


      After covering 19.2 miles the meter indicated I still had 31 miles of range remaining. Had I continued for the whole trip at that style of driving I would have easily passed 50 miles of range. Volt director Tony Posawatz in the car with me said I was “on track for more than 55 miles” of range. Tony said EV ranges beyond that (though he wouldn’t be specific) had been achieved by several engineers using captured test fleet vehicles.
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      11-28-2011 03:16 PM #557
      Quote Originally Posted by hardcore4life View Post
      this car missing one thing

      Why would you need a clutch and manual gearbox in an electric car? You aren't dealing with a peaky motor that needs a lot of gears and you have no need to keep the motor spinning when you come to a stop (one of the main reasons for a clutch setup or a neutral gear). A lever/button to select what drive range you are in is all you really need with an EV. At most, maybe a clutcheless sequential gearbox to give you different ratios, but an EV rarely needs that.
      I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.

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      11-28-2011 03:26 PM #558
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      She gave then space because she didn't know if they could hear her- did she have reason to believe afterwards that they didn't (did they look surprised when she passed), or is she just assuming they didn't? I would think that at above certain speeds, external road noise is noticeable.
      I can't answer for cyclists but I've gone under a small bridge in my kayak before and had a Prius pass overhead. I didn't even know it was a car until I saw the car passing and realized the low hum was the tires on pavement.
      Sent from my tablet while sipping weak drinks over fancy brunch with a view

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      11-28-2011 04:49 PM #559
      Quote Originally Posted by cartalk
      "As near as I could tell, the car was built from compressed rust."

    10. 11-28-2011 04:56 PM #560
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post
      I can't answer for cyclists but I've gone under a small bridge in my kayak before and had a Prius pass overhead. I didn't even know it was a car until I saw the car passing and realized the low hum was the tires on pavement.
      This is what I don't get about some people...

      I was walking a dog with a chick a while back, and we were on a bike path...

      I could hear the sound of a bike coming up well before she had any idea, and without looking back...

      I would say 'bike coming' and she would look at me like 'how the hell did you know that?'...

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      11-28-2011 06:48 PM #561
      I think different states of awareness aren't all that uncommon, particularly if you are dealing with something rather new.

      Hearing acuteness is also different in different people. Should they be more aware? Sure

      However, there are lots of distractions in the world and you aren't always expecting a bicycle or car to come to shooting up behind you in the (somewhat) silent mode (that's why they have those bells )

      At any rate, the feds will put some sort of noise device on these things (for better or for worse)

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      11-28-2011 10:08 PM #562
      The Volt may handle like a sports car, but whether or not you decide to drive it like one will have a significant impact on how efficient it is, and how much gas you save. The car helpfully lets you know how much of a gas hog you're being by way of a leafy green circle that appears in a prominent place on the dashboard, right next to the speedometer. Ideally, you want to keep that circle right smack in the middle of a scale that shows how hard you're accelerating and how hard you're braking. The closer that circle stays to the center, the more efficiently you're driving, and if you accelerate too hard, the circle gets less leafy and turns an angry yellow color and starts to weep carbon dioxide tears. Or maybe not tears, but if it could, it would.

      It's also possible to brake too hard: the Volt can regenerate energy as it slows down, but if you brake hard enough that the regenerative system starts to panic and the conventional brakes take over, that's all energy wasted.

      Since it's the Volt's giant battery that makes all of this pure electric driving and hybrid energy regeneration possible, we wanted to make sure that we could be confident in its longevity. GM covers it with an eight year, 100,000 mile warranty, which is great, but cars nowadays are expected to last longer than that. With this in mind, the Volt is very careful about how it handles its battery.

      For example, the battery has a dedicated thermal control system that can heat or cool the battery to keep it happy no matter what the outside temperature is. Also, the battery keeps itself operating within a 65% window, which means that it never allows itself to fully charge or deplete to boost its lifespan. And for what it's worth, GM already has a plan for all the used Volt batteries it'll be ending up with in the next decade or so.




      Just keep the ball in the middle

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      hey now, unbolting the rear bumper, dropping the beam and gas tank to change out an exhaust hanger is perfectly normal.

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      11-28-2011 11:38 PM #563


      Michigan

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      11-29-2011 01:05 AM #564
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackohio
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      11-29-2011 07:49 AM #565


      Gorgeous in black
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      11-29-2011 09:46 AM #566
      Saw my second last Friday, and it was in black. What was also impressive about seeing it was that it had Michigan plates ("MAGICIAN"), and I was in Syracuse, NY. Speaks to something you can do with the Volt that doesn't come as easily with pure EVs.

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      11-29-2011 11:27 AM #567
      Quote Originally Posted by mitch hedberg
      I drive a rental car, I don't know what's going on with it, right? So a lot of times I'll drive for like 10 miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn't say a lot for me, but it really doesn't say a lot for the emergency brake.
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      How hard is that to understand without getting your panties in a bunch?
      Surely some of you guys managed to make it out of middle school.

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      11-29-2011 03:41 PM #568


      It's different

      pre production?

      custom paint?
      Quote Originally Posted by mitch hedberg
      I drive a rental car, I don't know what's going on with it, right? So a lot of times I'll drive for like 10 miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn't say a lot for me, but it really doesn't say a lot for the emergency brake.
      Quote Originally Posted by Robstr View Post
      How hard is that to understand without getting your panties in a bunch?
      Surely some of you guys managed to make it out of middle school.

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      11-29-2011 03:42 PM #569
      I went and test drove the "demo" at the local dealer, it is a remarkably cool little car.
      I have never felt anything like it its really different in a good way.
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      11-29-2011 09:38 PM #571


      Cars.com purchased a 2011 Chevy Volt in January and a 2011 Nissan Leaf a month later.

      We drove these cars in temperatures ranging from minus 2 to 67 degrees in the Volt and 24 to 82 degrees in the Leaf, and both lived up to their billing. But after recording driving data from each outing with both vehicles, we discovered two significant issues an owner will face: how cold weather affects them, and how much you’ll need to rely on a somewhat erratic car computer telling you how far you can drive.

      Chevy says the Volt’s range on battery alone — it also features a gasoline engine that works as a generator to power the electric motor when the battery is emptied — is between 25 and 50 miles.

      When we picked it up from the dealer in sunny California on Jan. 3, its range was 33 miles. We didn’t see that number again in Chicago until March.



      The lowest predicted range on a full charge we saw was 24 miles when it was 36 degrees out, but the Volt traveled 28.8 miles that day. It took 20-degree temps to bring the actual-miles-driven number lower.

      On four different occasions of temperatures registering 25, 27, 25 and 26 degrees on the car’s computer, the Volt traveled 23.8, 26, 23.3 and 21.3 miles, respectively. All of these ranges were lower than the prediction, but three were within 10%, and one was within 20%-- tighter than the variances we witnessed with the Leaf.

      Both cars allow owners to turn on the heat or air conditioning while still plugged in to get the cabin to an optimum temperature before being unplugged, so the overall range won’t be diminished by the energy-sucking environmental systems. In one of the examples above, when we achieved 26 miles, the car had been pre-conditioned, and that led to the most accurate prediction.

      What about the minus 2 day? The range was listed at 32 when I unplugged the pre-conditioned Volt from my garage outlet. It dipped to 31 before it left the driveway and ended up traveling 20.9 miles on battery power.



      When the weather was in the mid-30s, the predicted and actual ranges averaged around 30 miles, with smaller errors than we saw when it was less than 30 degrees.

      We reached ranges of 34.5 and 33.6 miles — our best — when it was 56 and 67 degrees, respectively, near optimum weather for driving any vehicle. However, the starting range had been 38 and 30 miles, respectively. That’s nearly a 10% swing.

      Chevy Volt

      Highest predicted range: 38 miles (56 degrees)
      Lowest predicted range: 24 miles (36 degrees)
      Highest actual range: 34.5 miles (56 degrees)
      Lowest actual range: 20.9 miles (-2 degrees)
      The difference in predicted and observed range isn’t going to stop a Volt owner, but if you drive an all-electric Leaf, you have but one powertrain to rely on and the range means everything. However, in our testing, the Leaf didn’t turn out to be as predictable as the Volt, and out of the two, it needs to be.
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      It's not hard to tell when a driver is texting. If I can do it while driving a manual, eating a cheeseburger AND loading a shotgun... the average driver, who is admittedly much smarter, and more coordinated than me, should be capable of seeing it too.

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      11-30-2011 02:06 AM #573
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      It's different

      pre production?

      custom paint?
      It was in the 2nd Transformers movie.
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      11-30-2011 08:24 AM #574
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      11-30-2011 09:14 AM #575
      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      It's not hard to tell when a driver is texting. If I can do it while driving a manual, eating a cheeseburger AND loading a shotgun... the average driver, who is admittedly much smarter, and more coordinated than me, should be capable of seeing it too.

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