You might have thought that in the plug-in electric market the most unique one was going to be the vehicle that offered wing doors or perhaps autonomous driving. It isn’t, the most unique one is the one that offers up an internal setup that impresses. This has had the 2017 Chevrolet Volt laughing at other electric vehicles that have been chasing their range.
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt has been laughing out loud at the Nissan Leaf in particular. Bear in mind that Nissan is the company that has been working to boost the range of their electric vehicles and they took on the stance of the gas aided powertrain, which left it trailing behind the Volt and its 420 mile range.
There are some who have said that the Nissan Leaf is the most efficient vehicle but not when you take the long run into account. This is down to the fact that the battery degrades faster in extreme temperatures.
This was an issue that was first reported in 2012 when it was found that the battery degrades in Texas and California due to lack of proper active cooling. The same happens in winter as the vehicle has to sacrifice some of the range when warming up the battery. There was supposed to be a 60kWh battery coming on the 2017 version but some people are not so sure.
The total opposite applies to the Chevrolet Volt as it doesn’t need oil changing on a regular basis and some people said that they only change it once or twice during the year.
GM produce the battery packs for the first generation of the Volt in case of warranty claims, however no warranty action has been taken. The Voltec powertrain has been setup for better efficiency and adaptability over time and so the battery doesn’t get worn out and strained and nor does the gas engine.