The 2017 Chevrolet Volt has been enjoying a good laugh at the Nissan Leaf and its 60kWh battery along with other electric vehicles that continue to chase range. The Volt has come out ahead of other EVs with cool wing doors and autonomous driving systems as it offers an internal setup that is very impressive.
The Chevrolet Volt laughed at the Nissan Leaf in particular as this is a vehicle and car maker that has been struggling to boost its range. The company took the stance with the gas-aided powertrain and this has meant that it has been behind the Chevrolet Volt and its 420 mile range.
Some people suggested that at the end of the day the Nissan Leaf offers better efficiency. However this isn’t so if you look at the wider picture as the battery of the vehicle degrades faster in extreme temperatures in cold or hot climates.
In Texas and California in 2012 this was highlighted and the issue was down to the vehicle not offering a sufficient active cooling system. In the winter it also struggles as it loses some of the range when warming up the battery. We did hear that a 60kWh battery is coming on the 2017 version but there has been skepticism about it.
On the other hand the Chevrolet Volt doesn’t need to have its oil changed as much and some owners only change it a couple of time every several years and yet the battery doesn’t degrade.
GM has been offering battery packs to be used on the first generation of the Chevrolet Volt for warranty claims; however no warranty action has been taken. The vehicle offers a powertrain that can adapt and which is efficient so that the battery and gas engine doesn’t get strained and wear out.