Pretty impressive ... If it only had a 6.x+ kW OBC, even as an option...
GM focused on cost. The gen2 Volt is for folks who need
a gasoline engine; once you have that, then charging mostly overnight is all you need; L2 at 3.6kw if needed. No big deal if the battery runs out. With the larger battery, most owners will get >75% EV; many much higher. The downside is that paid public L2 charging costs too much to make sense on the Volt.
Sure, but I almost never charge my Leaf overnight.
Instead, most of my charging is at work (for free) and sometimes free public L2s. As I said at http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... 47#p430047
and many times elsewhere (but fixed a typo):
"Having the 6 kW OBC means I charge much faster at work and tie up a space for less time AND can start charging much later, when many people are done or have gone home. It also means my opportunity charging (if I go to work on the way home from somewhere) or at free 30 amp L2 EVSEs is MUCH faster."
Having the slow OBC means those cars are hogging the spots a lot longer than they need to be.
Volts and Spark EVs sometimes use that same free public charging L2 charging (w/30 amp EVSEs) and thus are tying up a handle much longer than necessary.