GM's plug-in hybrid gets a complete revamp, but it won't be coming to Europe
12 January 2015

GM has taken the wraps off the new 2015 Chevrolet Volt at the Detroit motor show.

The new plug-in hybrid comes with an estimated range of 400 miles, 50 of which can be travelled on electric power alone.

For the second-generation Volt, Chevrolet has lowered the weight of the battery pack by almost 10kg, while the two-motor drive unit operates up to 12 per cent more efficiently than the outgoing car's.

The electric motors are coupled to a 1.5-litre petrol engine that develops 74bhp. When combined with the electric motors, the Volt's total output is raised to 118bhp, enough to cover the 0-60mph sprint in 8.4sec and give the Volt a top speed of 98mph. The new Volt should be capable of returning a combined 102mpg.

Charging time from a standard 13-amp socket is placed at 13 hours, while a fast charger drops that to four and a half hours.

The second-generation Volt is one of five new Chevrolet models coming in 2015.

Speaking at the unveiling of the new model, GM's North America boss, Alan Batey, said Volt drivers typically travel around 970 miles between fill-ups, using EV mode for 80 per cent of that time. All in, current Volt owners have travelled 650 million miles in EV mode, saving an estimated 34 million gallons of petrol.

Describing the new model as being "simply better in every way", Batey said the Volt would come with a simplified, more contemporary interior, a more muscular design and advanced battery technology.

The Volt was first previewed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where its front-end design was revealed to visitors.

The new Volt will not be exported to western Europe, after the Chevrolet brand was withdrawn by GM. Opel-Vauxhall has also said it will not be replacing the Ampera, which was a moderately restyled version of the Volt.

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Chevrolet Volt
The handsome Volt uses a petrol engine to charge the car's battery once it is flat

The Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range vehicle with an electric motor and a 1.4-litre petrol engine, and it makes the electric car viable for the masses

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5 January 2015

.......cares.


5 January 2015

...nobody cared when the Prius came out, but perseverance won out (in sales and profile terms). I say good luck to GM for trying their own spin on hybrids rather than succumbing to the disease of 'me to' copying.

5 January 2015

Speak for everyone then Winston. Anyhow I care and so did BMW who cared enough to bring out the i3 range extender and have plans for other plug-in's.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

6 January 2015

Did you have a good Christmas Hilton?

12 January 2015

This version looks a whole lot better than the original model and the timing might have been right this year. I can't help feeling that an electric Vauxhall Viva, or whatever GM is planning to release, isn't a good substitute.

12 January 2015
LP in Brighton wrote:

This version looks a whole lot better than the original model and the timing might have been right this year. I can't help feeling that an electric Vauxhall Viva, or whatever GM is planning to release, isn't a good substitute.

Exactly. Normal interior, Hyundai type exterior .... probable reasonable price. GM does it again, can their management team get anything right? This car deserves to succeed, as it is the original range extender car with a much lower level of compromise than the i3. If Audi released this the collective orgasm would drown a nation in messy battery acid.

12 January 2015
LP in Brighton wrote:

This version looks a whole lot better than the original model and the timing might have been right this year. I can't help feeling that an electric Vauxhall Viva, or whatever GM is planning to release, isn't a good substitute.

I disagree. I think it looks plain, and dull compared to the original. The original was utterly flawed, but I liked it. However, you are right that the electric viva not being enough. They could easily do a load of branding off the Volt (as a Vauxhall/Opel), but there would be 20 million meetings and focus groups about it, and they'd loose focus entirely

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