Next-Gen Chevy Volt detailed: 20% more battery in lighter package, vague improvements all around
GM/Chevy detailed its next generation Volt today with some nice surprises though they are pretty vague in their assessment.
- 80% off all Volt customer trips are EV only.
- New battery capacity will increase by 20% on a volume basis when compared to the original cell, while the number of cells decreases from 288 to 192. The cells are positioned lower in the pack for improved (lower) center of gravity and the overall mass of the pack has decreased by almost 30 pounds (13 kg).
- 20 million battery cells have been produced for the more than 69,000 Chevrolet Volts on the road today with industry-leading quality levels of less than two problems per million cells produced
- Many owners are exceeding the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.
- Current generation Volt owners have accumulated more than 600 million EV miles
- 2 motors replace 1 motor and 1 regen. The two-motor drive unit operates approximately 5 to 12 percent more efficiently and weighs 100 pounds (45 kg) less than the current system.
- 1.5L range extender motor will be more efficient as well
- GM will manufacture the Volt battery pack at its battery assembly plant in Brownstown, Mich.
- Range estimates will be given at NA auto show in Detroit on January
So not too many specifics but one would think all of these updates would make the Volt an even more appealing package. More room in the back would have also come in handy. If we take the 20% more power in the battery pack combined with the weight reduction and more efficient motors at face value, the Volt may approach 50 miles on electricity.
The question now is who is going to buy the current version (Osborne effect)?
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