How Does the 2018 Chevy Volt Work?
Earning a place on the 2017 WardsAuto 10 Best Engines List, the Volt is among the most advanced plug-in hybrids on the market. In fact, the WardsAuto staff described it as "one of the most unique and innovative propulsion systems," noting its healthy 149 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque, fun-to-drive personality and unrivaled flexibility as three of its best qualities. But how does the system actually work?
The Volt's plug-in hybrid system is composed of two electric motors, a 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a gas-powered generator. When the battery is fully charged, the Volt will run in EV mode, using the battery as the sole source of energy. When the battery is depleted, the Volt kicks on the generator to power the rest of your commute.
Thanks to this innovative system, the Volt can achieve up to 420 miles on a full charge, 53 of those miles coming from the battery. With routine charging, drivers can also expect to travel over 1,100 miles before having to visit a gas station.
While energy-saving measures like regenerative braking help to repower the battery, the Volt will need to be charged from time to time, depending on the demands of your commute. Charging time with the standard 120-volt portable cord is about 13 hours, while the available 240-volt at-home unit cuts that time down to 4.5 hours.