2011 Chevrolet Volt: New Charge Cord
July 29, 2011
This afternoon I picked up the replacement charge cord that had been previously ordered for our 2011 Chevrolet Volt by the friendly folks at Guaranty Chevrolet.
Contrary to expectations, is looks pretty much like the old cord -- except of course the strain relief isn't broken. The material seems just as squishy and pliable, but I think I count nine segments instead of eight.
Like the old one, the business end of the cord emerges from the housing and starts wrapping around it immediately, putting the strain relief under strain right out of the gate. I hope this one's up to it. Time will tell.
Also, the cord itself is a half-wind shorter (or longer) such that the massive plug end now falls naturally into its storage pocket. Our last one didn't match up like this, forcing us to take a loop off and fold another foot of cord into the pocket with the pistol grip in backwards.
There may be other improvements I can't see buried within, but an hour-long call to GM didn't reveal any specific design details. I did learn that our VIN falls squarely in the "before" range, but I could not get confirmation of the VIN switchover point at which this newer cord was supplied with new cars.
Be that as it may, here's the punchline...
This thing costs $441 -- the world's most expensive extension cord. OK, there's clearly more to it than that, but still. I was guessing $200, tops. Silly me.
And check out the $57.94 for labor. What labor? I suppose that's for looking at my broken cord and saying, "Yep, she's broke all right." That and processing the paperwork.
But I guess it doesn't really matter because I didn't pay a cent. That's right, all $500 described on this bill was covered under warranty.
Bottom line: Our Volt is sitting in my driveway as we speak, getting charged up once more on 120 volts through a brand new charge cord and a brand new Kill-A-Watt meter.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 8,689 miles