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Forum: Chevy Volt General Discussion 07-11-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 676
Posted By rwhepler
It estimates battery range based upon ambient...

It estimates battery range based upon ambient temperature & recent driving range relative to style (City vs Hwy, etc).
Forum: Chevy Volt General Discussion 07-11-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 302
Posted By rwhepler
This was no surprise after last year's aborted...

This was no surprise after last year's aborted attempt to install "Battery Monitoring Software" that would communicate back the Chevy HQ. Apparently someone got too far out over their skis & got...
Forum: Automotive Industry News and Chevy Press Releases 02-08-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,019
Posted By rwhepler
A letter from Chevrolet about battery monitoring.

A few months back, I received a letter from Chevrolet indicating that they would be instituting a battery monitoring program & would temporarily activate limited On-Star functionality to accomplish...
Forum: Chevy Volt Mechanical Problems and Questions 02-08-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,826
Posted By rwhepler
I had to replace the 120 VAC plug on the charger...

I had to replace the 120 VAC plug on the charger cord & the Receptacle because the plug was overheating; probably due to a poor wire connection inside the plug. I went back with 20 amp plug &...
Forum: Chevy Volt Forum Polls 02-08-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 20,073
Posted By rwhepler
I'm 69 & have had my 2014 since I was 65.

I'm 69 & have had my 2014 since I was 65.
Forum: General Maintenance 02-08-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 944
Posted By rwhepler
I replaced the tires on my 2014 at 42K but I had...

I replaced the tires on my 2014 at 42K but I had not been diligent enough in monitoring tire pressure. I hope to get 50K from the new tires.
Forum: General Maintenance 02-08-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,848
Posted By rwhepler
I have 50K on a 2014 volt. I changed the Oil...

I have 50K on a 2014 volt. I changed the Oil myself at about 18 mo after the initial dealer service expired. My utilization is about 80% battery & 20% Gas. Its a very low maintenance vehicle.
Forum: Chevy Volt Charging - Range 04-25-2017, 07:11 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 51,077
Posted By rwhepler
Sorry, try this: ...

Sorry, try this:
"http://*************/2016/01/14/cold-weather-pre-heating-engine-assisted-heating-procedures/"
Forum: Chevy Volt Charging - Range 04-24-2017, 08:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 51,077
Posted By rwhepler
Yes the battery is heated as well as cooled as...

Yes the battery is heated as well as cooled as needed. Here is a great article:


"https://www.voltforumz.com/showthread.php?p=2277#post2277"

Go for newer model with increased battery range.
Forum: Chevy Volt Charging - Range 04-05-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 51,077
Posted By rwhepler
No full discharge

My 2014 has a 16 KWH battery, but only 11 KWH is usable to ensure not damaging the battery by reducing the charge too low. Lithium Ion batteries don't have the memory of older batteries.
Forum: New Member Introductions 01-16-2017, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,238
Posted By rwhepler
Smile Since you only recharge the top 11.5 KWH, at 8...

Since you only recharge the top 11.5 KWH, at 8 cents per KWH I estimate about $1.25 to recharge. Not all the energy goes into the battery; some is lost to heat & running cooling pumps, etc.
Forum: Chevy Volt Charging - Range 12-27-2014, 08:41 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 51,077
Posted By rwhepler
It's Physics.

While conductor resistance is proportional to temperature so is electro-chemical reaction, so all batteries are similarly affected by temperature. That's why they have to have a cooling system to...
Forum: Chevy Volt Charging - Range 08-20-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 51,077
Posted By rwhepler
Battery Degradation

You are right. Having less familiarity with Lithium batteries, I just wondered if not topping off the charge would have a long term impact on capacity.
Forum: Chevy Volt Charging - Range 08-19-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 51,077
Posted By rwhepler
Before buying my Volt I spoke with a mechanic...

Before buying my Volt I spoke with a mechanic from a local dealership. He said that they had a few issues with batteries, but he believed that they were related to the owners not charging the car...
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