November 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm #145462
To save electric power why don’t the volt use the 12 volt battery to power the heat and A/C and also the heated steering wheel and the seats using a alternator to generate the power. One other thing add electric to adjusting the seats.
Also I would like GM to increase the ampere charger to 25 or 30 in order to exceed the estimated 53 miles electric. This would only increase the load by about 125 to 150 lbs.
Thank you, I would appreciate views on this
July 19, 2017 at 6:33 am #167589
The 12 VDC power comes out of your wallet ( $ ) one way or another . No matter how it is charged . Probably does not make a whole lot of difference which way .
Increasing the amperage of the charger would not make any difference as to range . Would possibly make the charging time / cycle shorter ( charging , plugged in at home ) .
The short story is , to increase range , you increase the amp hour rating of the propulsion battery , which does involve increasing its size / weight .
If you want long , electric range , look at the Bolt . It is a 100% Electric Vehicle . The Volt is a plug in hybrid .
I have considered buying a used Volt , but could not agree on price & it is not as roomy , inside , as I would like .
We had a Nissan Leaf & liked it , until someone rear ended it and totaled it . 🙁
Would possibly look at a used Bolt in a few years , if the prices are favorable .
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