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Chevy Volt Deep Dive

Design News editor Charles Murray looks at the Chevy Volts center console display.
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10/6/2011 | 1 Comment
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BobGroh   12/13/2011 10:48:43 AM
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Glad to see more information on your test drive and would love (small dig there!) to see more.  Very interesting car and I wish I could have one to play with (or the spare cash to be able to play with one).

One question popped into my head as I watched your video presentation - at the end, you showed the results of your trip around town - 34'ish miles, no gas useage and down to a quite low level on the battery ('1 mile range left'). When you stop and park the car in this type of situation AND don't plug in a charger, does the gas motor fire up to do a bit of charging?  It seems as if there must be some point that the car would do something to keep the battery (assuming the car is just sitting there and not being used and not connected to a charging station)from going flat. Is that so and, if so, what does it do? 

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