2019 Chevrolet Volt Gets Improved Charging System And Other Range-Extending Tech
Some new equipment in the cabin as wellby Jonathan Lopez, on
First making the scene in 2010, the compact five-door Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid entered its second generation in 2016 and is now set to receive a bit of a refresh for the 2019 model year. Headlining the list of updates is a new and improved charging system, which is said to offer twice the range-per-hour as the outgoing system.
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The big spec is a reduction in recharge times thanks to a new 7.2-kW plug-in system, which adds double the range when plugging into a 240-volt Level 2 charging source.
Plug-in hybrid owners are the kind of folks who want to get the most bang for their buck, so an improved charging system is the right sort of upgrade for a model like the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt.
The big spec is a reduction in recharge times thanks to a new 7.2-kW plug-in system, which adds double the range when plugging into a 240-volt Level 2 charging source, effectively cutting “recharging times in half,” according to Chevy. The intention was to provide extra incentive to plug in while out and about, such as when popping over to the mall for a little afternoon shopping.
Chevy says the system can completely top off the 2019 Volt’s battery pack in about 2.3 hours when plugged into a 240-volt source. The new upgraded charging system is equipped as standard on the 2019 Volt Premier model and is offered as an available option on the LT trim level. A standard 3.6-kW charger is included with the base model LT trim level.
All told, the Volt can travel roughly 50 miles on electricity alone, as well as achieve a top figure of 106 MPGe in returns. A full tank of gas extends the hybrid’s range to a maximum of 420 miles.
As a reminder, the Volt is powered by 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine on the gas-burner front, and a dual set of motors on the electric side.
Further features for the 2019 model year include an automatic heating system for greater all-electric range in cold climates and additional regenerative braking drive modes.
The Energy App provides details on how variables like driving style, weather, and cabin comfort settings impact the vehicle’s driving range.
Inside, there’s an 8.0-inch diagonal color touchscreen, plus an included Energy App that provides details on how variables like driving style, weather, and cabin comfort settings impact the vehicle’s driving range. There’s also a new six-way power driver’s seat as standard on the Premier trim level and offered as optional on the LT trim level. A new interior color combo (Black on Porcelain Blue) keeps it feeling relatively fresh.
On the interior tech front, the 2019 Volt comes with a new digital rear backup camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a wireless device charger system.
Outside, there are new speakers equipped for the pedestrian alert system, and a new exterior paint option (Pacific Blue Metallic).
Sales kick off this fall. Chevy declined to include any official pricing info, but we expect it to go unchanged into the new model year, once again starting at $33,220.
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