When it comes to the plug-in market the vehicle that is the most unique isn’t the one that offers up the best styling or tech features, it is the one that is able to offer up the most impressive internal setup. This has had the Chevrolet Volt LOL at other EVs that have been chasing the range.
It laughed more at the Nissan Leaf as while the car maker has been boosting the range each year, they took a stance with the gas aided powertrain and this has left the Leaf behind the Volt and its 410 mile range.
Some people might say that the Nissan Leaf is more efficient, however when you look at the longer picture this isn’t true. This is thanks to the fact that the battery degrades faster in extreme temperatures.
In 2012 it was pointed out that the Nissan Leaf battery degrades in heat in Texas and California and this was put down to an improper active cooling system.
It also has issues in cold weather as the vehicle has to sacrifice some of the power when warming up the battery. We have heard that there is going to be a 60kWh battery coming on the 2017 model, but then there are plenty of people who are skeptical about this.
The opposite is said to be true for the Chevrolet Volt as it doesn’t need oil changes for the gas engine as frequently and yet the battery doesn’t degrade as much. Some owners have managed to go years with only making oil changes once or twice.
GM has been producing the battery packs for their first generation Chevrolet Volt for warranty claims, however there has been no warranty action taken. The powertrain on the Voltech has been setup for adaptability and efficiency so that over a period of time the battery nor the gas engine gets strained enough so that it wears out.