2016 Chevrolet Volt: Xbox Mod For the Volt
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 12, 2016
I put in a lot of time on my Xbox, including plenty of driving games. During my most recent stint in our long-term 2016 Chevrolet Volt, I came up with an Xbox-related idea that could improve it.
What you see here is the back of the steering wheel. That paddle isn't for manual downshifts, nor is it for audio control. It's a regenerative brake controller. Jonathan touched on it in an earlier post here. Pull on the paddle and it slows you down without using the traditional brakes, sending more juice back into the battery.
But there's a problem I have with it. Caution: nerdliness ahead.
That paddle is either on or off, a bit like how early gaming consoles wouldn't allow you to ease in or out of the throttle or brakes. As the Volt is, it's like instantly stepping on the brake with moderate effort, then hopping right off. I'd prefer if it had a paddle that you could modulate, like current gaming controllers that let you trail the brakes into a corner and roll into the throttle on the way out.
As I'm driving around, I'd like to get as much electric range as possible, but using the existing paddle exclusively creates a lot of clumsy decelerations. If I could modulate it, I'd use it more often.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 11,677 miles