What About Volt's Cold Weather Performance?

Charging battery overnight will keep pack warm in winter, as will gasoline gen set, reports GM.

Published: 31-Jan-2009

Q. I’m considering buying a Chevrolet Volt when it comes out. But I have a couple of concerns because the car is powered by batteries with a gas engine that only drives a generator to recharge the batteries.

Traditional lead-acid batteries lose half or more of their power in the cold temperatures of Northern winters. Do the lithium-ion batteries used in Volt have the same problem? Will the gas engine and generator be able to keep the car going longer than 40 miles, like a 300-mile highway trip or even 100-plus miles of city driving a day?

R.L., Streamwood, Ill.


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