Launched for the 2011 model year, the Chevrolet Volt is GM’s first volume plug-in hybrid vehicle. Also sold as the Holden Volt, Vauxhall Ampera and Opel Ampera around the world, the five-door compact has already won numerous awards, including the 2011 North American Car of the Year. The most advanced version of the Volt uses a 17 kWh battery that enables it to return a range of 38 miles in all-electric mode. The electric motor, which delivers 149 horses and 273 pound-feet of torque, is aided by a 1.4-liter, inline-four gasoline engine. The conventional unit sends 84 ponies and 67 pound-feet to the front wheels. Both "generators" use a multi-mode electric transaxle to propel the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 100 mph. Combined fuel economy sits at 62 mpge, while gasoline range is rate at 40 mpg highway and 35 mpg city. Come 2015, the current Volt is being replaced by a redesigned, second-generation vehicle.
Rumors about a second-gen Volt arriving for the 2016 model year have been floating around for more than a year now. GM has finally confirmed the new Volt is being readied for 2015 Detroit Auto Show debut. Currently the best selling plug-in vehicle in the U.S. market with more than 65,000 units delivered, the 2016 Volt has big shoes to fill. Details are slim as of August 2014, but GM has dropped a few hints about the upcoming Volt in the past. Read on to find out more.
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2016 Chevrolet Volt
"The 2016 Volt will build on the award-winning original’s strong foundation of technology innovation." This is what we got so far from GM, but former company boss Dan Akerson has underlined some of the improvements the second-gen Volt will boast before stepping down.
First and foremost, Detroit has focused on increasing the Volt’s range and, if we are to believe Akerson’s claims, the compact should be able to travel more than 430 miles on a single charge and tank. That’s an improvement of around 20 percent over the current Volt, which has a maximum combined range of 382 miles. The other big news is that the second-gen vehicle will be significantly cheaper. Akerson quoted a $10,000 decrease in pricing, meaning the new Volt could fetch around $25,000 before federal tax credits. When the latter are applied, the 2016 Volt’s sticker will drop to around $18,000. An exciting scenario, for sure.
Of course, the second-gen Volt is still a long way off and we won’t know if these claims are correct until it goes on sale. However, some of these cuts are foreseeable, as costs for various components are declining as we speak.
There’s no word as to what drivetrain Chevy will drop in the new Volt, but we expect a similar gasoline-electric combo. Upgrades all around will not only increase output for both the conventional engine and the electric unit, but enhance performance too. We figure charging time will drop as well, with both combined and all-electric mileage to see significant improvements. Granted, the 2016 Volt will represent a step forward for GM. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details as we approach the 2015 Detroit Auto Show .
The Toyota Prius has dominated the world of hybrids since its introduction in 2001. The current model, around until 2016 when a brand-new vehicle will be launched, is motivated by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor backed by a lithium-ion battery. The four-pot generates 98 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor joins in with an additional 80 ponies and 153 pound-feet. The hybrid system cranks out a total of 134 horses that reach the wheels through an electronically controlled CVT.
When used in hybrid mode, the Prius Plug-In returns 50 mpg, while the mpge figure sits at 95. As far as all-electric range is concerned, the Prius can travel only 11 miles on a full charge, way less when compared to the 38 miles returned by the Volt. Pricing for the Prius Plug-In starts from $29,990 for the standard model, while the Advanced version fetches $34,905 before options.
Gallery Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
The Insight is a cheaper proposition to both the Volt and the Prius, but the Japanese compact lags behind the two in terms of performance and fuel efficiency. For starters, its 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine and 10-kilowatt electric motor generate only 98 ponies at 5,800 rpm and 123 pound-feet of torque from 1,000 rpm. Just about enough to get you from point A to point B with a mileage of 41 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway, but the Honda is way behind the Prius’ 50 mpg rating.
On the flip side, the Insight is a lot friendlier to the pocket, with a base price set at $18,725. You can even go big with the range-topping EX with Navi PZEV version and you need to pay more than $24,000 before options.
Gallery Honda Insight
The next generation Chevrolet Volt will debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Global Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney said today.
The 2016 Volt will build on the award-winning original’s strong foundation of technology innovation. Volt sales were up 13 percent in July and more than 65,000 have been sold since it was introduced – making it the best-selling plug-in passenger car in the U.S. market.
“Volt is the perfect example of the ingenuity that drives everything we do at Chevrolet,” Mahoney said at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefings. “Volt fully delivers on the promises of Find New Roads and will continue to provide consumers with the transportation solutions they need and deserve in the future.”
Volt owners are driving more than 63 percent of their overall miles in electric vehicle mode, collectively logging more than 500 million gas-free miles since the Volt’s retail debut in 2010. That has saved more than 25 million gallons of gasoline.
While the driving range in EV mode can be affected by temperature, driving technique and terrain, the ease with which Volt drivers are avoiding gasoline use demonstrates the Volt’s suitability for almost any lifestyle.
Volt owners who charge regularly typically drive more than 970 miles between fill-ups and visit the gas station less than once a month.
The Volt has received multiple customer satisfaction awards from leading third-parties. According to a recent leading independent satisfaction survey, the Volt is the highest-rated compact car under $55,000. Owners are showing their satisfaction as well. For the past three years, a leading customer publication has reported survey results showing more than 90 percent of Volt owners said they would definitely buy a Volt again.
The Volt continues to draw buyers from non-General Motors’ products. In the 2013 calendar year, nearly seven of 10 new Volt buyers traded in a non-GM vehicle, the majority of which were Toyota Priuses.
Among its accolades, the 2014 Volt has been recognized for its safety, most recently receiving the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2014 Top Safety Pick+ designation for vehicles equipped with an available Forward Collision Alert system.
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