[QUOTE=ChrisC;47963]Frequently Asked Questions on this forum
You have done us all a great service with this FAQ. I recall reading about the kind of extension cord that should be used to hook the 120V charger to a plug in a parking lot. Is that in the FAQ? I am too much of a klutz to find it if it is....
Good idea! It wasn't in the FAQ but is now. I just searched the forum for posts that I remember seeing and collected them in the FAQ. One of these days I'll collate all that info into one post and link to that instead.
Much easier to find needed info in them, than wading through messages.
I saved it as a favorite in the browser to make finding it easier...seems like it should be linked to under the "FAQS" on the main gm-volt page.
I see frequently that some people have this notion of "future proofing" their charger installation by using 8 or 10 gauge wire and by installing 40 amp breakers or larger. Under normal circumstances this would work ok. But of course doing this defeats the purpose of having a breaker which is purposely sized just over required load size to protect from shorts, etc. This mistaken notion has been corrected in the forums but this correction should be posted prominently in the charger FAQ so that someone hopefully does not end up burning down their house because they wanted to "future proof" their EV Charger installation.
Also for the charger FAQ... The voltec charger does not have an accomodation for someone who wants to run the wire from the top. This is done to provide protection from water getting into the charger I suppose. Since my charger is inside my garage this was not as much a concern for me, and entering the charger from the bottom was not the ideal solution for me, nor were the rear ports because I have block walls in my garage. My solution was to mount the charger to a wooden block, with a slot cut from the top of the block down to one of the rear ports. I filled the area where the wire enters the block with gray putty to protect from any "stray moisture."
Also the charger manual posted was not specific about the number of conductors required. I had thought since there are control electronics in the unit that it might require a neutral conductor for 120v electronics. This is not the case. Noting that a 12-2 conductor with ground is all that is required might be helpful.
Thanks again for putting the FAQs together, greatly appreciated
Here is a link (apologize if it is posted elsewhere) to my favorite explanation of how the Volt's engine, battery and electric motors drive the wheels in different modes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80E1fOp95rA
Its a silent video and is a very simple clear explanation (at least to me).
That's a GREAT animation! Hoping for something similar on a conventional hybrid powertrain, I checked at http://www.greenmotor.co.uk/2010/10/...s-it-work.html. The composer said it's his first animation. I left a comment urging him to do another animation on a conventional hybrid, so we can better appreciate how the Volt differs.
FYI, I have been checking in here to apply FAQ updates, but only once a month or so. A couple days ago I updated the FAQ with a better link to leasing info, following queries from a friend who was picking up his Volt.
Please continue to send me a PM if you have something to suggest. I probably won't reply right away, but should get it updated in a couple weeks. And I hope to become more active here for the next 6 weeks or so as I get a bit more time. The last 4^H5^H6 months have been craaazeeeee ....
Also, a PM here is better than emailing me (if you figure out my email address). By keeping the feedback here as PMs, I can drop in here and edit the FAQ anytime, without having to go dig up the emails.