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With fully charged batteries and under normal driving and climate conditions, the Volt has an expected all-electric range of 40 miles (64 km), a distance longer than the daily commute for 75% of Americans, whose average commute trip is 33 miles (53 km). After the battery is depleted, a small 4-cylinder internal combustion engine using premium gasoline creates electricity on-board using a 55 kW (74 hp) generator to extend the Volt's range up to an additional 310 miles (499 km). The electrical power from the generator is sent primarily to the electric motor, with the excess going to the batteries, depending on the state of charge (SoC) of the battery pack and the power demanded at the wheels. The distribution is controlled by the electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle. At speeds between 30 to 70 miles per hour (48 to 110 km/h) and if the battery is depleted, the internal combustion engine may engage (via a clutch) to assist the traction motor to drive the output, improving performance and boosting high-speed efficiency by 10 to 15 percent.
Originally posted by badgerprints
It's the politics that make me want to run somebody over.