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Anyone here have a Volt and use it to access the trails?
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I don't believe the Volt would have the range I would need. I take my Prius to any trailhead where the road conditions allow it (anything but gravel for more than a km or two). I can get to Jasper & back (4 hours each way) on less than 40 litres.

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I think I agree with Pete.  But if you have THs in the range of the Volt. . . why not?  Does it lose the charge if it's parked for a week without being plugged in?

BTW, Pete--we use a Prius, too.  We've taken it on a fair bit of gravel, too, but it does have to be pretty well graded--not much clearance, especially when we are fully loaded (there are four of us. . . ).


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The Volt has the same range as any gas-fueled car. It has a small gas tank that fuels an electric generator for reserve power.
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How's the ground clearence?

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That would depend on the trailhead around here. Trailheads that are close to paved roads might be okay. Others further into the mountains might tear the Volt up.


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I've driven a Toyota Camry in some seriously rough terrain with no problems. It was small enough that it went in the pot holes instead of having to deal with clearance. As Travis stated, it depends on the road. Clearance is the only thing I would be concerned about and any place I can think of that I start at, I wouldn't be concerned about except for maybe two.

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I take my Mustang. It has a better radio and the heater works.

It would be cool if the TH had an outlet you could plug in to.

Tesla has a deal working on the West Coast that if you buy a Tesla, their recharging stations are free.
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The Volt has the same range as any gas-fueled car. It has a small gas tank that fuels an electric generator for reserve power.

Ha ... I knew that actually. Totally brain fart! :D

I guess my head was thinking that I'd run out of juice for most trips, and be relying on the gas engine - way more than the car is intended for optium use. For me, it would never make sense unless the electric range was 400 kms or so. Maybe in another ten years!


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Roadbed clearance is my only litmus test.

What were the OP's concerns?
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The thing has a low air dam in front, evidently one can request a not quite as low dam. I was wondering if any of you probably left coasters had first hand experience but I guess all of y'uns go right for the Prii. :)
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I agree with HSF that clearance is the question.  And it may be that scraping a rock against that front-end cowling could damage parts of the vehicle early after you buy it.

But that is not the clearance area that I would be most concerned about. It's plastic and easy to replace. What I would be concerned about is everything else under the front end of the vehicle. Is it shielded or otherwise reinforced and protected?

With that in mind, you are the only one who can answer your question. And I agree that it is a question of clearance. What are your trailhead roads like? How much rock? How rutted? Depths of ruts? Don't just worry about that air dam. It may be the least of your clearance problems. What else is there under the Volt to tear up?


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