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USA: Chevrolet Volt tricks: Using Mountain mode to preserve range

If you commute to the city, why drive a plug-in hybrid only to burn down all your range upfront on the highway? To do so, means slogging through the city on gasoline once the batteries run flat, rather than use the more efficient, quieter, zero-emissions electricity to motor around the urban environment.

The solution is known as a “Preserve Mode,” triggered by a button on the dashboard that allows the driver to override the hybrid system and run on gas power on the highway to preserve the batteries’ charge.

The upcoming plug-in version of the Toyota Prius is the only hybrid that has an actual Preserve Mode. Chevrolet Volts destined for export markets have it. American Volt fans, however, have found it disguised as something else…


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