2016 Chevrolet Volt: Using a Brand X Level 1 Charge Cord
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on August 9, 2016
We recently leased a 2016 Fiat 500e for my daughter. In case they don't sell them where you live, the "e" stands for electric. I'm not a fan of the regular 500's engine and transmission, but that stuff gets magically wiped away when they build a 500e, leaving behind a torquey, cute-as-anything pocket rocket with an ultra-low center of gravity.
But I digress. We're supposed to be talking about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt long-term test car I drove home a couple nights ago. The connection, literally, comes in the form of the Fiat's 120-volt Level 1 power cord.
I'm lazy, you see. Why unwind the Volt's Level 1 cord when my daughter's Fiat cord is already plugged in and ready to go?
The Society of Automotive Engineers standardized the plug some years back. Tesla is the only holdout that didn't go along. What this means is, I can use the Fiat 500e Level 1 cord to recharge the Volt. I have and I am — right now.
You may be wondering why my daughter is using a Level 1 charge cord in the first place. She only drives 10 or 12 miles a day. We simply don't need the speed (or the expense) of a 240V Level 2 home setup to top off the Fiat every night.
As for the Volt, I plugged in with 36 miles in the tank. I only need to add 10 more to make it to work tomorrow on electricity.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 11,491 miles