When it comes to the plug-in electric market you may have thought that the most unique vehicle would be the one that offer the wing doors or the autonomous driving system. However the coolest is actually the one that offers up the most impressive internal setup. This has had the Chevrolet Volt laughing at the competition.
It has been laughing mostly at the Nissan Leaf. Nissan have been working towards offering more range on the vehicle but they adopted the gas aided powertrain and this meant it lagged behind the Chevrolet Volt with its 420 mile range.
People may say that the Nissan Leaf is the one that offers up more efficiency at the end of the day, however if you look into the future this hasn’t been the case as the batteries tend to degrade faster thanks to the extreme temperatures in freezing or hot climates.
We saw this in 2012 when there were reports of the Nissan Leaf battery degrading prematurely in Texas and California. This was said to be down to the lack of proper active cooling system.
During the winter months the hatchback sacrifices a lot of range when warming up the battery. The 2017 model is said to be coming with a battery of 60kWh but there has been plenty of skepticism from consumers.
However the opposite applies to the Chevrolet Volt as it doesn’t need oil changes for the gas engine and the battery barely degrades. Some owners have said that they go for many years and only change the oil once or twice during this period.
GM is producing the first generation Chevrolet Volt battery packs for warranty claims but up to now no warranty action has been taken. The Voltec powertrain setup has been such that over time the battery or the gas engine isn’t strained enough for it to wear out.