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Holden Volt for sale. (sold)

Posted: Fri, 08 Nov 2019, 08:04
by Peter C in Canberra
We are downsizing to one car and moving on from petrol entirely. So, recently, we sold our iMiEV. The Kona electric we ordered is due to arrive soon, in late November 2019. So, soon it will be time to sell the Volt, a plug-in battery electric car with a petrol range-extending generator built-in. Please get in touch for details if you are interested.

You can cover local driving entirely with electricity from the wall, but you never need to worry about running out of range. You can also take it on long trips and get excellent fuel economy. The transition from pure electric to range extension mode is seamlessly managed by the car. The Volt is smooth, comfortable and easy to drive with impressive performance and various fancy mod. cons. Ours has been utterly reliable without any issues and very cheap to operate and service. We are asking $24,000 and it will be available from early December. Please get in touch if you are interested in a test drive (in Canberra) or further info.

It has an 8 year/160,000km warranty on all the ‘Voltec’ components – battery, charger, electric motor etc. Since our Volt was first registered in April 2014 and has done 107,000km, two years of warranty remain till April 2022.

Battery Life
Volt batteries are lasting very well. Examples of the Chevrolet Volt in the USA have been driven for many hundreds of thousands of miles with little or no reduction in battery range, mainly due to excellent battery management: The Volt battery is never charged to 100% nor discharged to 0%. Instead, only the middle two-thirds (10.5kWh) of the battery capacity (16.5kWh) is used and the battery has liquid heating and cooling as required to optimise performance and longevity.

Range and Fuel economy
The Volt goes about 55km (winter) to 75km (summer) from a full battery using about $2.75 of electricity (assuming 25c/kWh). A petrol car would have to use less than 2.5L/100km to be as cheap to run (assuming $1.60/L). Obviously it would cost even less if you mainly charge from off-peak electricity or your own solar generation. A 35L tank of petrol adds a further 600km of range.

On a longer trip, consumption is just over 5L/100km after the petrol engine has come on to maintain the minimum battery charge. In practice overall consumption on a trip is usually well under 5L/100km overall because you generally start with a full battery and you can often top up along the way or at destinations. Our average for our particular mix of local driving and longer trips has been 2.2L/100km but anything from almost zero to 5 would be possible depending on your mix of local and longer trips.

How do you charge?
Nearly all our charging is done at home from an ordinary 10-Amp power-point. Charging at home is simple, convenient, cheap and sufficient to cover all our local driving.

The Volt is supplied with a portable ‘EVSE’ charging cable with a standard 10A power point plug, which enables charging almost anywhere. The Volt’s on-board charger will run 50% faster at public AC chargers that typically have 15A or higher ratings.

The power, acceleration and handling of the Volt are better than any other car I have owned. Instant torque, smooth power delivery and low, even weight distribution are typical features of EVs.

Isn’t it a hybrid like a Prius?
No! Very different! The Prius is a ‘mild parallel hybrid’. The Prius cannot be charged from the electricity mains and does not have a full power electric motor. The Prius always gets its energy from petrol, albeit with better efficiency than most other petrol cars.

The Volt is a ‘plug-in series hybrid’ that always* runs electric. The primary function of the Volt’s petrol engine is to run a generator if the battery’s state of charge reaches a set minimum. If you drive beyond the range of the battery, the petrol generator turns on seamlessly and automatically while the car continues to be driven by its electric motor. The petrol generator turns on or off and selects between set operating points to match the average rate of discharge of the battery. Only the battery’s minimum state of charge is maintained. When you get where you are going, you recharge the battery by plugging in. [*Well, 99% at least, due to a very minor pedantic caveat]

Does it do regenerative braking?
Yes. For example, heading down Clyde Mountain towards Bateman’s Bay, our Volt recovers enough energy into the battery on the down-hill stretches that the petrol engine stays off completely until Nelligen.

Won’t the petrol ‘go off’ if you don’t use it?
The car takes care of that. If you have not used petrol for six weeks, the car turns on the engine for 10 minutes next time you drive to keep things lubricated. If the petrol has an average age of more than one year, the car will run the engine while you drive until you add fresh fuel and bring the average age back under a year. The tank is sealed and pressurised to help preserve the fuel.
Also, the car keeps track of the cumulative engine running time and calculates ‘oil life % remaining’ to avoid unnecessary mileage-based oil changes. No point changing the oil if you have been mainly driving electric!

Re: Holden Volt for sale.

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2019, 05:59
by g4qber
At high speeds volt becomes a parallel hybrid
Ie engine does run the wheels together with electric motor ... ve-system/

Re: Holden Volt for sale.

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2019, 07:00
by Peter C in Canberra
g4qber wrote: Thu, 14 Nov 2019, 05:59 ...At high speeds volt becomes a parallel hybrid
Ie engine does run the wheels together with electric motor...
Hence the asterisk in my text above. Yes, in unusual circumstances the engine does run the wheels but it happens so infrequently that it can be ignored for practical purposes of explaining the car. It is possible that our Volt might have run that way once or twice for a few seconds in the whole time we have owned it.

Re: Holden Volt for sale.

Posted: Sat, 16 Nov 2019, 02:41
by Peter C in Canberra