When it comes to the plug-in electric market you might have thought that the most unique vehicle is going to be the one that offers the gull wing doors or plenty of technology. However you might want to think again as the most impressive one is actually the one that offers the most impressive setup internally. This has meant that the 2017 Chevrolet Volt has been laughing in the face of other electric vehicles.
More so when it comes to the Nissan Leaf as Nissan have been working hard to boost the range of the vehicle and they take adopt the puritan stance when they took on the gas-aided powertrain, which saw it lag behind the Chevrolet Volt and its 420 mile range.
There are some people who pointed out that the Nissan Leaf could be more efficient. However, when you look at the wider picture you can see that this isn’t so as the battery degrades faster thanks to extremes in temperatures.
This was seen in 2012 when the Nissan Leaf battery was said to be degrading prematurely thanks to the heat in Texas and California. It was said to be down to the fact that it lacked active cooling systems that were efficient.
In winter the vehicle suffers from losing range as it has to warm the battery up and so the 60kWh battery that is supposed to be seen on the 2017 model has been seen to be skeptical by many people.
The Chevrolet Volt is the total opposite as it rarely needs the oil changing for the gas engine and some owners have reported that they can go for many years and only change the oil a couple of times and the battery doesn’t degrade.
GM are producing the battery packs for the first generation of the Volt in case of warranty claims but up to now there hasn’t been any. The Voltec powertrain has been setup so that it is efficient and it can be adapted over time so that the battery or gas engine doesn’t get strained and doesn’t wear out.