Which electric vehicle is going to be considered the best? Is it the one that offers up the most amazing design with gullwing doors or perhaps the one that comes with the best autonomous driving technology? Actually its neither as it is the one that offers up an impressive internal setup. This has had the Chevrolet Volt laughing at other electric vehicles that are chasing the range and more so at the Nissan Leaf 60kWh battery.
Nissan really wants to get more range from their vehicles and this is something that they have been concentrating on for a long time. Along with this they have taken the puritan stance with the gas aided powertrain and this has seen them falling behind the Chevrolet Volt and its 420 mile range.
Some people have tried to say that the Nissan Leaf is the most efficient of the vehicles but then over time this isn’t so as the battery degrades faster due to extremes in temperatures from hot or cold climates.
It was in 2012 when the batteries of the Nissan Leaf were said to be degrading in Texas and California. This was put down to the lack of a proper active cooling system.
In winter the vehicle is said to have to sacrifice its range just to warm the battery up. We were told that a 60kWh battery would be making its way out for 2017 but there has been a great deal of skepticism about that.
When it comes to the Chevrolet Volt it is the total opposite as it doesn’t need oil changes that regularly and yet the battery hardly degrades.
GM have still been making the first generation Volt battery packs for any warranty claims. However up to now there hasn’t been any. This is thanks to the efficiency of the Voltec powertrain and it being able to adapt over time so that the battery or the gas engine doesn’t wear out.