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so, how about them volts..

Discussion in 'Volt' started by luke23, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. luke23

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    Anyone got one? I seen a few of them at the start of last year at a dealership but I dont think Ive seen one being driven on the roads, like ever, anyone know any sales figures or anything for them? I was always interested to see how they would sell
     
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    I have seen a couple of them on the road, one actually out near where I live, and I live in the middle of nowhere pretty much, so that was a shock. Can't imagine they sold too many though because you hardly see them and I have never even seen one at the dealer or in the showroom.
     
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    i forgot they even made the volt. i remember seeing it all over TV and in the paper a couple year ago but only ever seen 2 on the road
     
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    I have seen one on the road....well by road I mean tow truck
     
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    Must've run out of petrol or something?
     
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    wasnt there like some kinda big deal about the new volt befor, and then everybody forgets it.
     
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    Apparently you can use EFIlive to tune all sorts of bits on these, particularly the (ESC) or torque controller.
    A guy in the US sells a remote flash tune that enables the Volt to do 0-100kph in 5.5 seconds... and other "hacks".
    There is huge potential, amazing piece of kit for $50k really.
     
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    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    They're much closer to $60k actually ($59,900 or so), so you wouldn't expect to see many of them. Same thing around here - never seen one on the road and none at the dealer. They must be kept in small numbers somewhere and only supplied on demand.
     
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    Yeah I seen like 2 or 3 at a dealership when they first came out with big door banners that said volt on them (so maybe they were just there for promotional purposes), and the dealership got a wall thing installed that specially charges them aswell, after all the advertising and stuff I honestly thought they would be the next big thing in Aus, thought theyre would even be volt taxi's and stuff, guess I was wrong haha
     
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    There isn't really many places you can recharge them, unless you can use the power at home in the garage. Not sure if I would ever get one, wouldn't be cheap to replace the batteries and I would be worried about how long I have until the car just stops while driving.
     
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    isnt it a hybrid, like the prius, so basicly its a over priced prius (correct me if im wrong on the hybrid part)

    but i would rather buy a prius then one of them.
     
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    I believe it is full electric, no petrol engine whatsoever, but I could be wrong, that's just what I have heard.
     
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    No it's better than a Prius, faster and cheaper to run. Has a little gasoline engine to charge battery.
     
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    so a hybrid then, are you sure they would be cheaper to run, the prius is pretty bloody good and it is lighter as well

    my mother has a prius, honestly i would rather none of them, i prefer to use double the fuel driving a car i like
     
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    Well Volt runs on electric charge solely, batteries charged by gasoline motor. Electric vehicle with unlimited range (as long as you have a little petrol to charge batteries). Prius is a hybrid, petrol supplemented with a fancy gearbox / regenerative starter like the GM Two Mode gearbox that fits our V8.

    Yeah, my son races RC cars and the tech tide has definitely changed to electric. I think we are living on the cusp of change - the interesting point I found doing interstate runs in a fully loaded tuned 6.0 V8, it gets better fuel economy on open roads at 140kph than most cars, including a piss poor Prius.
    My view is at the moment in Australia there is no case for the inconvenience and compromise going hybrid or electric except for metro people.
     
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    Bit of helpful information. Also that price could be a reason you don't see many around!

    VALUE
    On sale for $59,990, Volt is covered by a three-year/100,000 kilometre warranty on the vehicle, while an eight-year/160,000 kilometre transferable warranty covers battery and Voltec components, including all 161 battery components, charging and thermal-management systems and electric drive system components.
    Capped price servicing of $185 is offered on Volt’s first four standard scheduled log book services for the first three years or 60,000km, whichever comes first. The infotainment system has two 7-inch colour LCD screens for satellite navigation, Bluetooth, USB with iPod connectivity, a 30GB disk drive and DVD player, many of which can be operated through voice recognition.
    There is an extra level of interaction via a moving ball efficiency gauge that if kept in the centre of the scale shows the vehicle is being driven to optimal efficiency. But don’t become to distracted by this – or optimal safety suffers...
    The touch screen above the centre console displays instant information on energy use and power flow. It also gives feedback based on driving style, climate settings and energy usage.
    TECHNOLOGY
    The latest in lithium-ion batteries allows an electric motor alone to drive the car up to 87 kilometres and a petrol generator that can produce electricity to keep the vehicle moving for up to 600 kilometres on a single charge and a full tank (35.2 litres) of premium (95 RON) fuel.

    The latter, a 1.4-litre petrol motor, extends the range by maintaining a charge in the battery to power the wheels until the battery can be externally charged. Different to most electric cars, Volt can be recharged from a regular household outlet via a six metre charging cord, stowed in the cargo area, for as little as $2.50, or through charging stations (charge spots) being set up around Australia by Better Place.
    Research has shown around 80 per cent of Australians living in major capital cities commute fewer than 80 kilometres daily and, therefore, could travel petrol-free. The lithium-ion battery can also gain charge from regenerative braking in which energy lost while the brakes are applied or when the car is running downhill is converted to electricity stored in the battery.
    Real freedom could come for the Volt and its follow-up vehicles with the take-up of induction charging; wireless connectivity between an electromagnetic source buried underground and the vehicle on top.
    These stations could be placed at strategic points such as loading docks for delivery vans, taxi ranks, or supermarket parking spots where electric vehicles spend short periods of time not in use.
    SAFETY
    The Volt can call on a wide range of hi-tech safety systems to take care of people both inside and outside the vehicle. Occupants are protected in the event of a crash by high-strength steel body crush zones and eight airbags.
    Electronic stability and traction control look to preventing these events together with the latest technology such as lane departure warnings which alert the driver to wandering out of a lane without signalling. Front sensors can be set to one of three distances from a vehicle ahead. If the Volt edges too close, an alarm will sound. There is also a driver activated alert that warns pedestrians of the almost-silent car approaching at low speed.
    DESIGN
    Volt is built by Chevrolet in the United States and based on the Chevrolet / Holden Cruze platform. Fit and finish are very good. It features 17-inch alloy wheels, projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and an integrated rear spoiler.
    A striking interior is lined with lightweight plastic, while Bose Energy Efficient Series speakers use 50 per cent less energy than comparable Bose systems, yet sound remains crystal clear. That’s clever. Occupants can settle into four leather upholstered seats (heated at the front) with contrasting-colour panels and double stitching and benefit from electric air-conditioning. There is no centre rear seat due to the space taken up by the batteries under the car and the rear seats have pretty restricted legroom unless those in the front are willing to give up space.
    Centre stack functions are easily operated by touch, while the screen directly in front of the driver is used to display info on speed, battery and fuel levels, tyre pressure and trip computers.
    DRIVING
    Drivers can take advantage of three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Hold – at the press of a steering wheel-mounted button. Sport enhances Normal mode to give a more positive driving experience through faster response times and heightened feedback.
    ‘Hold’ conserves battery power, drawing an electric charge from the petrol generator to drive the wheels. Electric propulsion delivered to the front wheels, gives the Volt instant maximum torque off the mark in immediate reaction to accelerator pedal pressure.
    Steering produces a positive feel at normal driving speed but is on the light side at low speeds and when parking. The suspension delivers a comfortable ride and handling stability in day-to-day usage. With a discharged battery and the petrol engine running at maximum need, the Volt test car, in a 70 kilometre-plus run in a mix of rush hour city traffic and motorway cruising, signalled frugal fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100 kilometres.
    In use, with the whole drive system in action there’s little noise, though the air-conditioning system sounds pretty noisy under those conditions.
    VERDICT
    Volt would best suit an owner with an ordered life; someone who has regular blocks of downtime for the car to be plugged in to power to keep the battery fully charged. While this is happening the car is going nowhere. More haphazard usage could present charging problems.
     
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    Here's a video of a tuned Volt doing 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds (faster than a Golf R, same as a stock VE SS):
    [video=youtube_share;hA4fLSuvkk8]http://youtu.be/hA4fLSuvkk8[/video]
     

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