When it comes to plug-in electric vehicles it isn’t always the one that offers the cool wing doors or the one that offers up the autonomous driving technology. This time it is the one that comes with the internal setup that is the most impressive. This had had the Chevrolet Volt continuing to laugh in the face of other electric vehicles, more so the Nissan Leaf.
The Chevrolet Volt has continued to laugh at the Nissan Leaf especially as Nissan have been trying to boost their range for their electric vehicles, year after year. They have taken the stance of taking on the gas-aided powertrain that has left it lagging behind the 420 range of the Volt.
There are some people who have said that perhaps the Nissan Leaf is the most efficient vehicle but when you look at the bigger picture this isn’t the case. We know that in cases of extreme temperature such as freezing cold weather or hot weather the battery degrades faster.
This was something that was pointed out in 2012 when the Nissan Leaf was said to suffer from battery degradation in Texas and California as there wasn’t a proper active cooling system.
During the winter months however the hatchback loses some of the range as it has to warm the battery up. We have been told that there is a 60kWh battery coming our way for 2017 but this has been taken with a pinch of salt.
The total opposite is said about the Chevrolet Volt as some owners only make oil changes a couple of times over years but the battery doesn’t degrade and neither does the gas engine wear out.