Typically when it comes to electric plug-in vehicles it is the vehicle which has the most impressive internal setup that comes out ahead. Given this theory the 2017 Chevrolet Volt has been laughing in the face of other range chasing vehicles, including the Nissan Leaf.
Nissan has been working on the range of their vehicles but the gas aided powertrain has been left behind the Chevrolet Volt and its 420 mile range.
People might say that the Nissan Leaf is the more efficient out of the two, however in the long run you have to take into account the fact that the battery degrades faster thanks to extreme temperatures. This was pointed out in 2012 in Texas and California, as the vehicle lacks a good active cooling system.
The opposite is said about the Chevrolet Volt as it doesn’t need regular oil changes for the gas engine due to the fact that its battery hardly degrades.
GM is producing the batteries for the first gen Chevrolet Volt when it comes to warranty claims, and no warranty action has been taken. The Voltec powertrain setup for adaptability and efficiency has meant that over time the battery and the gas engine doesn’t gets strained and wears out.