Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

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    Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay



    Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay
    by Eric Loveday

    Ever wonder what the result would be if a Chevrolet Volt was left "running" for hours on end? Well, it just so happens that the folks over at the duPont Registry accidentally left their Volt "on" overnight. The result? A sudden blast of air from the vehicle's climate control system when the passenger door was swung open.

    Since the Volt is nearly silent when it's running on battery power, it can be difficult to audibly detect that the vehicle is on. The folks over the duPont Registry guess that the Volt's lights kicked on sometime after sunset and stayed lit for the night. Additionally, the plug-in's climate control system blasted out air, keeping the unoccupied cabin quite cool until the door was opened by a duPont Registry staffer.

    What effect did this have on the Volt's battery? Well, when the duPont Registry team parked the Volt, eight miles of battery-only range and 250 miles of extended range remained. Upon returning nearly 24 hours later, the car's battery was depleted, but 150 miles of extended range still remained, indicating that the Volt's gasoline engine must have cycled on and off throughout the night.

    Here's something else to ponder: Florida statue 316.1975 reads:

    A person driving or in charge of any motor vehicle may not permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, and removing the key.

    But, as the folks over at duPont point out:

    The [Volt's] engine was not on (when we left it) and there was no ignition to lock or key to remove.

    So, did they actually violate Florida's law?



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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    All the more reason to have the back-up ICE.
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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    Hopefully nobody does this while it's parked in an attached garage though. CO poisoning could become a problem.
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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    That's kinda fascinating. It's like a really really big cell phone.

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    I never thought about that
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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    Hmm, that's interesting. Didn't ponder that.

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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    You'd think that if you walked away from the car, it'd turn off. I doubt the staffers were within a couple of meters of the Volt. Sounds like an oversight. The car should turn off if the person puts the car in park and exits the vehicle with the key in his/her pocket and walks more than a couple of meters away from the vehicle.
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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    Quote Originally Posted by zete View Post
    You'd think that if you walked away from the car, it'd turn off.
    Or at least beep. That's what cars with wireless fobs do. Mine certainly does just stepping out to grab the mail from the box.
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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    To me, this doesn't sound good. Did they not know how to turn it off or is it that difficult to turn off?
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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    Quote Originally Posted by zete View Post
    You'd think that if you walked away from the car, it'd turn off. I doubt the staffers were within a couple of meters of the Volt. Sounds like an oversight. The car should turn off if the person puts the car in park and exits the vehicle with the key in his/her pocket and walks more than a couple of meters away from the vehicle.
    It sounds like they left the key in it and not in their pocket perhaps.
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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    The leaf would need a tow

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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    The leaf would need a tow

    It was already "home", they would have only needed to plug it in. This happening with a Volt could poision someone if it was in a garage.
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    Re: Left your Chevrolet Volt on overnight? That's okay

    Quote Originally Posted by solman98 View Post
    It was already "home", they would have only needed to plug it in. This happening with a Volt could poision someone if it was in a garage.
    Exactly, you'd think that GM would program something into the computer that would tell the vehicle to not turn on the gasoline motor if the vehicle has run down the battery while sitting stationary. If there is no system in place to keep this sort of stuff from happening I'd expect a safety recall soon so that things can be reprogrammed. Carbon Monoxide can kill very quickly if this happened in an enclosed space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solman98 View Post
    It was already "home", they would have only needed to plug it in. This happening with a Volt could poision someone if it was in a garage.
    Aren't garages supposed to be sealed off from the living space in a house?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzy View Post
    Aren't garages supposed to be sealed off from the living space in a house?
    In most cases they should be but we all know that not everything is always done properly and to code. Sometime corners are cut or jobs are done without permits and aren't done properly.

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