General Chevy Volt Questions
Do i need a special plug / charging station for the Volt and how long does it take to charge?
GM will provide a special cord that will plug into your ordinary wall socket at 110 volts. If you use this method of charging – it would take roughly 8 hours (updated 1/12/2011: 10 hours at 110v) to charge a completely drained battery. (They worked it out so you can charge overnight on an ordinary socket) If you prefer faster charging, you can also install a special 240 volt charger, which can charge a drained battery in 3 hours (updated 1/12/2011: 4 hours at 240v). Installing the special charge however requires hard wiring changes in your house (You can’t just plug into your washer/dryer plug) However there are a few companies with grant money out there to subsidize some home installations.
Check out the complete post on Chevrolet Volt Home Charging Equipment
Also check out my new post on my 240 v installation in my garage for the Chevy Volt.
How big is the Chevy Volt’s Gas Tank and what MPG does the car get when it’s on the backup generator?
The word out there is that the gas tank will be 9 gallons. Official MPG numbers have not been released by General Motors (updated: 1/12/2011 EPA says 38 MPG in charge sustaining mode in my highway runs at 65 MPH I’ve been getting around 33-37 MPG real world). While they certainly have several MPG numbers through their testing, they seem to be making sure not to release it until they can market it appropriately. Speculation is anywhere between 35 MPG ~ 50 MPG but again that is pure speculation. The basic tradeoff is that while you gain some efficiencies running the engine at its most efficient point to provide electrical charge, you also lose some energy in the mechnical to electrical conversion process.
Read more in the complete Chevrolet Volt Review and Test Drive from Milford Proving Grounds