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Posted by Bill Homer [Email] (more from Bill Homer) on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:10:44 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: volt, Tom G [Profile/Gallery] , Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:00:09
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Yeah, "Range Anxiety" is addressed by the Volt's internal combustion engine. I have driven our car 300 miles non-stop, at which point it's good to take a break

The internal combustion engine in the first generation Volt ran a generator only; the generator provided power to the batteries, and power from the batteries powered the electric motor. There was no "extra charging" of the batteries off of the engine.

In the second generation Volt, apparently there is some mechanical coupling of the internal combustion engine and the front wheels, but I'm not sure how. Again, no charging of the batteries except in something called "Mountain Mode" which makes sure that you don't deplete the battery completely on a long uphill climb.

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