I'm curious how the Volt heats the car during the winter without completely using up the battery.
It sounds like starting the gas engine is one way.
"he presence of the gas engine gives the Volt a tremendous advantage over pure EVs in extreme cold temperature. As I and many owners have experienced, even in EV mode the gas engine will periodically cycle for a minute or so in temperatures less than 26 degrees F. The engine heat which is produced is used both to heat the battery coolant as well as to heat the cabin. Using the engine to produce this heat is faster and more efficient than draining the battery to do so. Under light driving loads excess energy from these engine cycles is put back into the battery, and may cause the EV range to increase."
No experience with the Volt. If you are intrigued by the car and have the money for it, I think a lease is smart. The technology is still new and the market unsure.
I imagine some on here are accessing Cyclonefanatic using their 1998 Gateway desktop connected to dialup AOL. I am sure they dont play golf (because it is a waste of money) but if they did, they would only play Homewood with their persimmon woods. And watching over-the-air TV on a 19" black and white tube TV. And investing the difference!
I read that Volts are known to spontaneously explode and destroy everything within a 100 foot radius. The toxic fumes from the explosion then follow the trade winds, resulting in black lung and emphysema in those caught in the cloud. The debilitating illnesses cause the sick people's pets to become depressed and stop eating, leading to the deaths of dozens of innocent puppies and kitties over the next 6 months as their owners slowly succumb to their failing lungs. So only get a Volt if you hate puppies/kitties, the environment and your neighbors. Oh, and make sure to lease it if you hate money.
You can spend a lot of time and money picking out the perfect floral bouquet for your date ... but you're probably better off checking if you have bad breath and taking the porn out of the glove compartment.
The moral: you gain more by not being stupid, than you do by being smart. Smart gets neutralized by other smart people. Stupid does not.
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