Why take a ferry across the Baltic Sea to local islands from Estonia when you can drive your Opel Ampera?
But then, you probably knew that. Just don’t try it in your Volt from San Pedro, Calif. to Santa Catalina Island, unless you get a real cold snap.
That’s not likely, no doubt, and coming back to reality – a frigid one – Opel wanted to show how over-engineered its Volt variant’s battery thermal management system is by driving on 10-inch thick ice across the frozen salt water.
(That doesn’t sound all that thick to support 4,000 pounds, though, does it?)
Merged with gee-whiz visual imagery, info snippets, and the neato factor of travel not possible in too many places on the globe, it was a good opportunity to assure people in other cold parts that winter driving is no sweat for the Voltc powertrain.
The cars can run in 14 deg F in all-electric mode, and do alright with front-wheel-drive on snow and ice, although surely winter tires would help in really full-time frozen conditions.
Today is the second day of spring, and with even the cold states in America looking forward to an imminent warming up, blooming plant life, and chirping birds, the Volt has made it through another winter.
For those of you who have a Volt or Ampera (outside of America) and had to deal with inclement weather and a severely dipping thermometer, are you impressed with how it does in the cold, snow and ice?
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