silverone wrote:Volt has to have gas in the tank for normal operation. Goes into "reduced power mode" when out of gas, limiting the EV output to half, approximately 55kW.
Many thanks for the thorough answer to my questions - it is much appreciated!
Would you say the Volt is still reasonably driveable when in this reduced power mode? I'm thinking it is not.
It strikes me as kind of odd that it limits EV power when there is no gas in a fully charged car, but maybe that is one of the ways it protects the battery from excessive degradation and keeps the engine happy.
My primary concern is in avoiding the case where someone has the car out, uses up all the gas and doesn't refill it. I would hate to trade "battery range anxiety" for "gas anxiety". One of the best parts about the Leaf is being able to refuel at home and not having to play the "who left the car empty?!!" game.
Also, having gone through the gas shortage's of 70's and the excessively high prices of a few years ago, I'm determined to not be at the mercy of the fuel pump.
The Volt otherwise seems like a good value and well thought out.