In the United States, many are thankful for the freedoms given to us that may not be found in other countries. However, the freedom to choose when to activate the award-winning 1.4L gasoline engine generator on the award-winning Chevrolet Volt is non-existent. A cause for rioting some – might say – while others will just remain complacent – and yield to the Volt’s ability to switch on the generator whenever necessary.
In Europe, however, the Opel Ampera (the Volt’s sexy European cousin) just might allow its drivers to switch on the gasoline-powered generator well before it’s needed by the drivetrain. In turn, this would lessen the strain on the expensive lithium ion batteries.
This option could be very effective when traveling long distances and at higher speeds, such as on the Autobahn. Drivers could then switch back to EV mode (that is if there is actually any charge left in the battery) in urban areas at lower speeds. According to reports, absolutely none of this is confirmed, but is rather speculation made from comments by Dr. Lars Peter Thiesen – GM Europe’s Manager of European Launch Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. To that end, there is no evidence pointing to the Chevrolet Volt receiving this option, further restricting American freedoms.