Thanks for the opportunity to pose questions about the Volt. Many of my questions, as with many others, concern the range of the Volt in different modes and situations. So here are a few of those.
1. How far will a fully charged Volt with a full gas tank go before the battery and gasoline fuel are exhausted? Driving conditions will obviously affect this, but this could be described and I could still get some idea of how the driving range matches what GM has been saying.
2. How far will a fully charged Volt go before the ICE kicks in? Again, it would be nice to see how this fits with the 25-50 mile range GM claims with some indication as to how driving conditions affect that range.
3. What is the impact of driving in sport mode on the range, both battery and ICE?
4. Similarly what is the impact of driving in mountain mode on mileage ranges, both battery and ICE?
5. What kind of a charge can be added to a depleted battery by driving in mountain mode?
It seems like there are endless variations of this type of question, but Iíll stop here and see what others post. Thank you again for helping to share this information with us.
rhellei covered my questions but Mountain Mode seems to really mean "Mystery Mode". The ICE engineer that I got to test drive with described the mode somewhat different then I have read here. It really kicks the rpm up in CS mode and should make a pretty pronounced difference in mpg. The algorithm for this mode makes alot of very significant changes to both the ICE and battery operating parameters.
Something you may already know the answer to: Are the "gears" P,R,N,D,L, or are there Ln... L2, L1? I use compression breaking alot around town, and in particular use L1 (of 3) for going down a 17% grade 25 MPH hill (with a stop sign at the bottom).
Do the break lights turn on if you encourage regenative breaking by "down" shifting?
What happens if you reverse gear (shift into reverse while moving forward, or forward while moving backward, like my wife likes to do no matter how much I ... nevermind).
I presume reverse isn't a gear, that the motor just spins the other direction. So theoretically you can go as fast in reverse as forward. What's the reverse speed lmit?
I would be curious to know about the application for and installation of the 240 charge adapter. What brand they install? Will you get to keep it since you have a Volt coming, in fact if the timing works out right you might have two Volts in the garage at the same time toward the end of your trial period.
I have already applied for the Smart Meter through my local utility but it looks like you have to go through Chevy to get the charge adapter installed.
One thing that has been overlooked is how much "vampire power" the Volt will consume. It takes N hours to charge it and we know how many KWH will take it the nominal 40 miles but, when plugged in, GM presumably uses household A/C to "condition" the battery and I would expect this is on a continuous basis.
How much power does the Volt draw when plugged in but fully charged?