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A club about my car the Chevrolet Volt

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  2. The one above is for the ICE The ones below are for the battery ]
  3. So the latest in my saga continues.... Today out of the blue my "Service Power Steering / Stabilitrak" came up on the dashboard. Every 4-5 months it is something new now. Sort of regretting my purchase already.
  4. PSA: Never draw from all three cigarette lighters -- only use the front and back simultaneously -- using all three could trip the circuit breaker
  5. • I'm going to show you how to hook up a pure sine wave inverter, or two, to your Volt. You can get up to 480 watts AC for when your power goes out at home. The first thing you want to do is shut all the accessories off in the car. • You want to keep the Volt powered on but with the accessories off. There are 3 12volt outlets in the Volt. One in the front, one under your arm and one in the back. They run on two circuits. You can put up to a 240 watt AC inverter into 2 of the 3 outlets. Check with your Volt advisor to verify which of 3 12volt outlets to use so you don't trip the outlet with the shared circuit. • I'm showing one 180 watt pure sine wave inverter. With the Volt on and the accessories off, you want to leave the window open. You plug the inverter in the outlet and I usually put it on the floor. You attach the cord through the window and close the door so the interior lights don't stay on. The inverter fan will start once a load is put on it. The engine will come on for 10 minutes each hour as you are drawing power from the Volt battery. • Some people connect to the huge battery connection in the back of the Volt but I don't play around with that, I don't even know if that voids the warranty. Using the cigarette outlets doesn't void the warranty. You can hook up two inverters and bring over 400 ac watts into your home to power your modem, your router, laptop computer and a small TV. I charge a large battery so I can back charge my pellet stove.
  6. This was an exparament to see how quickly the on board generator on the Chevy Volt will recharge the battery. Say what you say, the volt doesn't recharge it's own battery. Well it can, to 40% to be exact, and in the name of science, I am going to prove it. There is no reason to ever do this, as it would cost much more to charge the battery this way, but if the computer would allow it, the on board generator could bring the car to a full charge in 40 minutes. A 10 minute run used 1 liter of gas, as provided 10 miles (16KM) of electric range. There for a 40 minute run should provide a full charge, but as expected, the engine only charged the battery to the 14-15 mile range, as it shut down at exactly 15 minutes. Now all they need is a DC "output" port so volt drivers could provie a mobile charge solution to those less fortunate drivers that run their Leafs flat on the freeway!
  7. What is it about the Chevy Volt that seems to elicit such heated discussion? After an article on Motor Trend a couple of days ago elucidated the Volt's complicated drivetrain in more detail than we've seen before, the internet green car ether has spent a huge amount of time debating whether or not the Volt can be considered an electric car because of the mechanical connection between the Volt's combustion engine and wheels. Indeed the conversation has ranged the gamut from "who cares?" to "GM is a bunch of liars." The fact of the matter is that the Volt drivetrain is complicated enough and different enough that even us so-called car professionals are having trouble understanding how it works. And, in the end, the average person likely won't care how the car does what it does, just that it does what they want it to do. Whether or not the Volt will do what the market demands is clearly something yet to be determined—as it is with the Nissan LEAF. So, after getting pretty fed up with the he-said/she-said internet banter and infighting going on in the world of alternocar geeks (myself included), I decided to reach out to GM and ask if they wanted to fully explain how the drivetrain works and defend why they think it's an electric car. After all, even the venerable Motor Trend seems to have gotten it wrong, so who else can better explain it than the engineers themselves? As a result, I had a very insightful and eye-opening conversation with Andrew Farah, Chief Engineer for the Volt, in which the entirety of the Volt's drivetrain is laid out for all the world to see. Rather than simply transcribing that interview here, I've posted the entire audio clip for you listen to below. Initially there is a hint of defensiveness in Mr. Farah's voice, but after he gets down to explaining the Volt's engineering I think you'll find the discussion enlightening. Some highlights of the conversation: Farah says that in his mind the Volt is unequivocally an electric car. "The Volt is an electric vehicle...because for the first 40 miles you can get full performance running on nothing but an electric motor until the battery is depleted," he said. The Volt has three distinct motive forces in it: a large electric motor, a small electric motor/generator, and a 1.4 liter engine. Up to two of those three forces can be combined in select ways through the Volt's secret sauce drive unit—given the road demands and state of charge of the battery—to drive the vehicle. Only the large electric motor is capable of moving the car forward on its own. The small electric motor/generator and the gas engine can only ever be combined with one of the other motive forces to drive the wheels. Even when the gas engine is on and partially driving the wheels, it cannot operate without electricity flowing to one of the other motors. The gas engine, under most conditions, will be used to drive the generator and produce electricity, and will not be used to drive the wheels. There is no "direct" mechanical linkage between the Volt's gas engine and the wheels, rather there is an indirect linkage that is accomplished by meshing the power output of the engine with the power output of one of the other two electric motors. Motor Trend's reporting that the magic cutoff speed of 70 mph is what the car uses to determine whether or not to make the engine to partially drive the wheels is incorrect. The engine is used to partially drive the wheels when the car calculates that it will be a more efficient use of the engine's power. There is no hard cutoff point. via Plugincars
  8. The Volt and a few other PHEVs are IMHO the only current competitor to a Tesla as a long range EV even if it isn’t electric for long range. The Bolt is a “mid range” vehicle suitable for use in suburbs of large metro areas where a leaf might not make it a full day. With the current fast charge infrastructure you need to be Tesla or have a range extender to be usable for travelling by most people.
  9. The Volt was/is great... but the design of the platform with that central battery tunnel is not the future.
  10. GM plans to halt production at three assembly plants in Canada and in Ohio and Michigan in the United States by not allocating future new products, putting the future of those plants in doubt, the sources added. The plants - Lordstown Assembly in Ohio, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Oshawa Assembly - all build slow-selling cars.
  11. In addition, GM just put out a press release saying production will stop next year at the Hamtramck plant, as well as at a four other assembly locations.
  12. When it finally does go one day this is the part I will need to order:
  13. Well... I finally had to bite the bullet. It's November 16th and I'm at the Chevy dealership ready to pay my $1138 to fix the heater ... A $2000 dollar electric heater ... Wow!! How much does a heater cost in an ICE car normally? Just curious.
  14. Boots - Axle - Outer Item Description A boot is a flexible, piece of rubber that protects vital components from dirt, debris and the elements. An axle is the part of the car's frame that supports the weight of the vehicle and the weight of accelerating and braking. An outer axle boot is the boot that protects the outer axle. Reason When damaged, the axle boots leave the axles vulnerable to decay and destruction which can lead to major component damage and damage of connected parts. Somewhat early for a 4 year old car in my humble opinion. Avoid General Motors and Chevrolet.
  15. So it is now NOVEMBER and I cannot get GM customer care to even call me back. I suspect the Alan Webb Vancouver, WA dealership's unauthorized "software update" is what actually caused my controller to go bad. When did I authorize GM to update my software in the first place? Now I cannot get GM to even call me after calling them and leaving them messages repeatedly for over 2 weeks. I am getting to the point of recommending that people avoid GM products altogether. Tesla is starting to look better with each passing day. I'll let you know if they ever call me back and make good on their stupid car.
  16. dtc b101b is the error code in case anyone cares. ;-) Needs new heater module. Internal open circuit. Can someone explain what that means in detail?
  17. I suspect that the pump was fine and the controller went bad. The "Diagnosis" was probably faulty and I have to pay $700 extra for engineering failure to point out root cause. rrrrrrrrrr
  18. So I went into the dealership today .... Ends up the AC pump stopped working due to dirt and grime that gets into the fans and stops the pump over time. It cost me $687 to replace and the nice service guy even accepted my 50% off labor coupon. Here is the kicker..... once the High Voltage technician installed the part .... the "system" threw an error... Evidently the "controller" that controls that pump is what is defective ... guess what.... it costs $1330. None of this is part of the "powertrain". Lesson here? He said to never heat up your car using electricity.... that I should run the gas and heat up the car that way and only use the electric heater once the car has warmed up. Shaking my head.....
  19. I noticed that when on battery only mode the heater would not send hot air even though the temperature selector was all the way up to HI Ugh.... I had to set up a service appointment today to get it looked at. Hopefully it is under warranty. I was reading that it could be something as simple as a blown fuse. (crossing my fingers)
  20. Shown here in Washington, DC
  21. Mountain mode either maintains the current battery state if it's over 50%, or regenerates it back to 50%. Regenerating it back to 50% is a very inefficient use of the ICE as a generator, so Mountain Mode is by far best used when you already have 50+% left.In Hold mode, it will allow the battery to support the ICE when accelerating up to about 2.5% of the battery charge; this means it'll get you up to speed reasonably well in most circumstances without the ICE having to work too hard.In Mountain mode, it will do the same, but with a buffer that's more like 5%.This means in normal driving without long hills, you won't notice any real difference between Mountain and Hold modes.However, on longer hills such as on the motorways and A-roads in Devon/Cornwall, the Lake District, etc., the 2.5% of the Hold mode is very quickly depleted and the ICE then has to rev hard to keep the car going at normal speed; revving hard = inefficiency remember. In Mountain mode, the extra buffer size means that the ICE doesn't have to work so hard, and it's therefore more efficient.An extreme example of this would be some of the really long motorway hills where the ICE simply can't maintain 70mph - it's only an 86ps 1.4 dragging a 1.8 tonne car after all - and at that point in Hold mode the car will lose speed. In Mountain mode it will be able to keep going for longer, hopefully to the top of the hill Mountain mode doesn't really mean "Going up a 1 in 4 hill", it means "Going up long hills at high speed".So... basically I believe Mountain mode is best used on trips where there are long hills at high speed, in which case turn it on when you have 50% of the battery left, then when you get within about 15-20 miles of your destination, switch back to pure EV (Normal) mode. If you've got much less than 50% left, or the hills aren't that long, stick with Hold mode.I noticed significantly lower revs and more battery push using Mountain mode than using Hold mode when going to/from Cornwall at 70mph. - Richard G
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