So there is a misconception going around about the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Some people think that after the Volt completes its 40 miles on pure-electric, the 400 pound lithium-ion battery on board is recharged by the 1.4L gasoline engine onboard. Well, InsideLine is making it clear that that’s not the case.
Once you’ve completed 40 miles on the Volt after charging it for 3-8 hours (depending on the amount of volts from your outlet), the lithium-ion battery become 400 pounds of extra baggage until you plug it back in.
Basically the 1.4L 3-cylinder turbocharged engine generates electricity to power the electric motor so you can still get around for an additional 300 miles.
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2011 Chevrolet Volt: