Earlier today we published one EV owner's opinion refuting this line of thought, saying comparing the LEAF to a battery-powered Versa is not giving the LEAF designers much credit. In this opinion piece, an EV owner and enthusiast Ivan Jue makes a brief comparison between Nissan LEAF and Versa as well as Chevy Volt and Cruze, writing one cannot judge the book by its cover. Here is what Jue says.
Two days ago, on May 10, I saw this picture of a crashed Chevy Volt on Chevrolet Volt's official Facbook public page, shared by Karl Blinkinsop.
He shared his picture and wrote this comment. "The Chevy Volt is no match for the Mack truck that rear ended me Wednesday during standstill traffic on the interstate but I do think its cleaver designed saved my life. RIP my 2012 Chevy Volt, can't wait to get a new one."
Then Karl wrote that he is "OK, just bruised ribs, no one else was in the Volt."
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Before taking possession of my 2013 Chevy Volt, the least of my worries was the lifespan of the battery.
The Volt battery has an active liquid cooling system. Chevy Volt does not use the full capacity of the battery which is another reason the battery will easily outlast the warranty. The battery warranty is 8 years/100,000 miles.
Technically speaking, Chevy Volt is a PHEV as it uses both an electric motor and a gas AKA Internal Combustion Engine (ICE).
Ivan Jue from San Jose, CA comments, explaining why he prefers the Range Extender option.
A bit torn on this. Would love to go back to a BEV again. But having experienced battery degradation (20% in 2.5 years on our '11 Leaf), I can't go back to a pure BEV just yet.
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