The second-generation Volt brings improvements in every department

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 used a 17-kWh battery that enabled it to return a range of 38 miles in all-electric mode. For 2016, the current Volt is being replaced by a redesigned, second-generation vehicle that delivers enhanced fuel economy from its revised gasoline generator, better performance and a greater electric-only range.

The new Volt has been revamped inside and out, with emphasis on a sportier exterior design and a brand-new drivetrain that’s significantly lighter than its predecessor. The five-door compact is also slightly bigger in its second generation, allowing Chevy to not only increase legroom front and rear, but enable the Volt — previously a four-seater — to offer seating for five. Read on for the full run-down.

Updated 09/13/2016: The 2017 Chevrolet Volt scored a Top Safety Pick+ award for its crash performance from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Check the "Safety" section for the full details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    149
  • Torque @ RPM:
    294
  • Displacement:
    1.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8.4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    98 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    33995 (Est.)
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  • car fuel:
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Exterior

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Chevrolet redesigned the Volt’s outer shell into a flowing, more dynamic shape. While it still remains recognizable as a Volt, the second-gen car is more muscular front to rear, with nicely carved body sides and a sculpted hood. The headlamps are larger, while the main grille is slimmer, giving the Volt a sportier appearance. At the same time, the reshaped front bumper incorporates a massive apron grille and vertical LED units in opposition to the previous models’ horizontal ones. For the very first time, the Volt receive active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics and efficiency.

Around back, the Volt carries the same liftback hatch design, but the styling is less boxy thanks to its revamped taillights, bumper and tailgate. Gone are the flat, horizontal taillamps, now replaced by stylish units that embrace the trunk lid, while the black insert running the length of the tailgate has been extended downward to include the Chevrolet bowtie. Below, a larger black apron incorporates the license plate and mimics a rear diffuser

The enhanced sportiness of the new Volt is visible from the sides as well, mainly due to its slightly longer overhangs, sloping roofline and sculpted character line that begins from the front wheel arches and runs the length of the car until it meets the taillights. The new wheel designs contributes to this as well. As far as proportions go, the new Volt is longer, wider and sports a longer wheelbase, while sitting slightly lower when compared to the first-gen car.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm): 106.1 / 2694
Overall length (in / mm): 180.4 / 1481
Overall width (in / mm): 71.2 / 1809
Height (in / mm): 56.4 / 1432
Track front (in / mm): 60.6 / 1540 (front)
61.8 / 1570 (rear)

Interior

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The interior of the 2016 Volt is as fresh as it gets, but although it has been significantly redesigned, it’s more of an evolution than a revolution. Still, the overall styling feels modern and more upscale with better-placed controls and a simplified center-stack configuration. The eight-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster carries over from the previous model, but the graphics are all-new and now display more data. An additional eight-inch touchscreen placed above the center stack provides access to the Chevrolet MyLink system.

Design-wise, everything from the dashboard, the door panels, the center console, and the seats have been revised. While the latter can be wrapped in leather, most of the surfaces remain plastic. However, these elements are more refined than before, complemented by metallic trim on the center console and the dashboard. The steering wheel is also new, from the redesigned three-spoke layout to the reconfigured controls.

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There’s even bigger news in the rear, where the Volt can sit up to three people for the first time, making the range-extended EV a five-seater. The rear compartment also comes with a slight increase in legroom — from 34.1 to 34.7 inches. On the other hand, both rear headroom and shoulder room have decreased by 0.2 and 0.7 inches, respectively.

In terms of technology, customers will benefit from a GPS location-based charging feature, standard rear-vision camera and a heap of safety features, including lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, front automatic braking, and advanced park assist with front and rear park assist.

Interior Dimensions

Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 3
Headroom (in / mm): 37.8 / 961 (front)
35.8 / 909 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm): 56.5 / 1434 (front)
53.2 / 1351 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm): 53.7 / 1365 (front)
51.3 / 1304 (rear)
Legroom (in / mm): 42.1 / 1068 (front)
34.7 / 882 (rear)
Cargo volume (cu ft / L): 10.6 / 301

Drivetrain

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The second-generation Volt receives an all-new drivetrain that includes revised battery pack, drive unit, range-extending engine and power electrics. Developed using data collected from first-gen Volt owners, the new system offers greater EV range and fuel economy compared to its predecessor.

For instance, the new two-motor drive unit is up to 12-percent more efficient and weighs 100 pounds less than the previous unit. The battery pack is also smaller, consisting of 192 cells compared to the 288 found in the first-gen system, and weighs over 20 pounds less. As far as power goes, the battery-fueled motors crank out 149 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque. When the battery is depleted, the 1.5-liter engine chimes in to generate electricity for the electric motor. This 1.5-liter engine puts out 101 horsepower.

As a result, the new Volt benefits from 19-percent stronger 0-to-30 mph acceleration at 2.6 seconds and a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 8.4 seconds, seven-percent quicker than its predecessor. Top speed is rated at 98 mph. Also, the redesigned 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine used as a range extender is estimated to offer a combined fuel efficiency of 41 mpg. That’s four mpg more than the previous unit. The all-electric range sits at 50 miles, while the overall range, including fully charged batteries and a full tank of fuel, is estimated at 420 miles.

Featuring a direct-injection fuel system, high-compression ratio of 12.5-to-1, cooled exhaust gas recirculation, and a variable-displacement oil pump, the new four-banger runs on regular unleaded fuel. The Regen on Demand feature, borrowed from the Cadillac ELR, is also new for the 2016 Volt and enables the driver to control energy regeneration via a paddle located on the back of the steering wheel.

Gasoline Engine Specifications

Engine Type: 1.5L DOHC I-4
Displacement (cu in / cc): 91 / 1490
Bore & stroke (in / mm): 2.90 x 3.40 / 74 x 86.6
Block material: cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder, double continuous variable cam phasing (DCVCP)
Ignition system: individual coil-on-plug
Fuel delivery: Direct fuel injection
Compression ratio: 12.5:1
Output (kW / hp @ rpm): 75/101@5600 RPM
Max engine speed (rpm): 5600
Emissions controls: S plit Volume Common Can (SVCC) catalyst; fast light-off Oxygen sensor
Fuel type: regular unleaded (87 Octane)

Electric Drive Specifications

Electric Drive Type: electric, two-wheel, front-drive
Motors: two-motor arrangement
Transaxle: Two-motor continuously variable, integrated controls
Motoring Power (kW / hp) 111/149
Generating Power (kW / hp) 45/60
Torque: (lb-ft / Nm): 294/398

Performance Specifications

Top speed (mph): 98
EV range (city): 50 miles / 80 km (estimate, combined city/highway)
EV + extended range: 420 miles / 676 km (estimate including EV on fully charged battery and full tank of fuel
Fuel Economy (mpg)
Electric Efficiency (mpg-e)
41 mpg
102 mpg-e
Acceleration 0-60mph - 8.4sec
0-30mph - 2.6sec

Safety


The Volt comes with Chevy’s latest safety features, starting with driver and front passenger airbags, front knee airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags, and seat-mounted torso airbags. It also has a rollover sensor design to deploy the side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, and antilock brakes. It’s also equipped with child seat anchors, low-speed front automatic braking, forward collision warning.

The hybrid car earned a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), being awarded across-the-board good ratings for crashworthiness. According to the IIHS, its performance in the small overlap front test was an improvement over that of the previous generation, which earned an acceptable rating. The agency recommends the vehicle is fitted with the optional Front Automatic Braking and Low-Speed Front Automatic Braking, as these systems enabled the vehicle to avoid collisions at 12 and 25 mph.

Prices

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Everyone was expecting a huge price drop for the 2016 Volt, possibly under the $30,000 mark. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will start from $33,995, including the $825 destination charge. Though this isn’t the huge price drop we all expected, it is a $1,200 drop when compared to the 2015 Volt.

If you qualify for the full tax credit from Uncle Sam, the total price after the credit is $26,495. If you live in California, you’re in even more luck, as state and federal credits drop the net price to $24,995.

There is no mention of when the Volt will hit dealers, but it should be around the fall of 2015.

Pricing Details

Model MSRP (Incl. $825 Dest. Charge)
2016 Chevrolet Volt $33,995

Competitors

Toyota Prius Plug-In

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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 mpg-e 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 50 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.

Read more about Toyota Prius here.

BMW i3

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The world of EVs with range extenders received a brand-new member for the 2015 model year straight from Germany’s BMW. The company’s first production car to boast such a drivertrain is actually an option to the regular i3, which gets it juice from a hybrid synchronous electric motor backed by an 18.8-kWh lithium-ion battery. The unit sends 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, pushing the i3 from 0 to 60 in seven seconds on its way to a top speed of 93 mph. Interestingly enough, although it is quicker from naught to 62 than the Volt, the i3 is actually slower from 0 to 30 mph, needing 3.5 seconds to hit that speed.

Depending on the driving mode, the i3 can return up to 123 miles on a single charge. With the optional range extender — a 650-cc two-cylinder, gasoline engine pumping 34 ponies — the range jump to 180 miles, a figure far inferior to the Volt’s. Despite the poor mileage, the Bimmer is a lot more expensive from $42,275, but that’s due to its luxurious and high-tech interior upholstered in recycled materials.

Read more about BMW i3 here.

Conclusion

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Granted, the 2016 Volt is yet another sign that Chevrolet is moving toward sportier designs. With its bulky rear end and featureless sides, the first-gen car was no contest year, but that has changed with the new styling. Sure, the Volt remains rather plebeian compared to other Chevy designs, but the improvements are significant, making it seem sportier than it really is; adhering to a trend that’s been going on for years. The reworked interior is a welcome as well, but the addition of a fifth seat certainly surpasses the nips and tucks and the new touchscreen as far as practicality goes. Lastly, GM kept its promise on the performance and fuel economy front, although the EPA will have the last word on the latter.

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Update History

Updated 10/01/2015: Chevrolet dropped some pretty cool commercial for its new 2016 Volt highlighting the technology used in its latest hybrid car. And how can you create a cool add if not by mocking your competition: Prius uses 15-years old technology and Leaf offers you the chance to get stuck because of its low range.

Updated 09/09/2015: Automotive News reports that the 2016 Volt will be offered in a limited run. Only a few units will be built for markets like California, Oregon and parts of the Northeast. Everyone else will have to wait for the 2017 model year set to arrive in the spring of 2016 with a series of updates.

Updated 08/03/2015: A new report indicates that the 2016 Volt will offer improved fuel economy figures compared to the model it replaces. The car will travel 53 miles on pure electric range — 15 miles more than the current version; 106 mpge when combining gasoline with electric and 42 mpg on gasoline only.

Updated 5/3/2015: Chevrolet has just announced the base price of $33,995, including the $825 destination fee, for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

Updated 09/29/2014: Chevrolet unveiled the first teaser image and new Volt debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January.

Updated 10/28/2014: Chevrolet announced that the new-generation Volt will be offered with an all-new Voltec extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system. Compared to the previous one, the new system will be more efficient and will offer greater EV range and fuel economy. Details after the jump.

Updated 11/20/2014: The next generation Volt will be offered with a more user-friendly charging system. Chevrolet announced that the model will get a glance through the windshield, an updated charge status indicator light on the on the top of the instrument panel, plus an available illuminated charge port. Details after the jump.

Updated 12/19/2014: Chevrolet unveiled a new teaser video showing GM Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss driving the future Volt. He confirms the new Volt will offer regenerative braking on demand with a steering wheel-mounted paddle allowing you to control the regenerative braking.

Updated 12/22/2014: Chevrolet unveiled a new video in which it tried to find out if the new generation Volt can handle the snow. Check the "video" tab to find out. Enjoy!

Updated 12/30/2014: Chevrolet unveiled a new teaser video for the new Volt featuring GM’s Global Product Development VP, Mark Reuss as he discusses the new and improved Chevy Volt. He also gives us a little teaser about the new range of the Volt, but they stop short of disclosing the actual number.

Updated 01/05/2015: Chevrolet offered a first glimpse on the new generation Volt during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. Full details will be released next week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Click past the jump to see the video from CES.

Updated 01/12/2015: The new generation Chevrolet Volt made its world debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Click past the jump for the full details and specs on the 2016 Volt.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Teaser Videos

Sneak-peak at 2015 CES




Press Release

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.

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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.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Press Release - September 29, 2014

The styling of the next-generation Chevrolet Volt is one of the automotive world’s best-kept secrets. Keeping customers and media eager to see the successor to the groundbreaking original at bay until the new Volt debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January is tricky business.

First, it is engineers, not designers, who are charged with creating camouflage that balances styling secrecy with the need to validate the Volt and its systems in public.

“If it were up to me it would be a shoebox driving down the road,” said Lionel Perkins, GM camouflage engineer. “The design team wants us to cover more of the vehicle and the engineering team needs to have enough of the vehicle’s weight and aero exposed so that the tests in the development process are consistent with the product that will come to market.”

The engineers responsible for the “cool” designs covering the car might deserve style points but their efforts are intended strictly to hide the metal beneath.

Some of the tricks of the trade:

Black and white patterns – The color scheme creates a shadow that hides vehicle design elements.
3D – Layered camouflage throws off onlookers, but has to be applied without interrupting airflow around the car.
Swirls – In the old days of car camouflage, the design relied mainly on a grid pattern, but over the years engineers discovered that grids are difficult to realign if a piece is removed to make a change to the car. Swirl patterns better hide such developments.
Bubble wrap – Camouflage can be made from many different materials including plastics, vinyl and foam. Good, old bubble wrap is a lightweight, easily attachable three-dimensional material used to confuse prying eyes.

The camouflage package on the next-generation Volt was started six months in advance of early development. Every vehicle is different and tricks are constantly updated to keep spy photographers and the curious guessing.

“Each car is unique. We are like a dress maker, and the car is our model,” said Perkins. “No two models are the same. We need to make the right dress that fits the body we are dealing with.”

Press Release - October 28, 2014

When the next-generation Chevrolet Volt debuts at the North American International Auto Show in January, it will feature an all-new Voltec extended range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system substantially developed from Volt owners including data collected on their driving behaviors.

The Voltec system includes the battery, drive unit, range-extending engine and power electronics. The new system will be more efficient and offer greater EV range and fuel economy compared to the current generation.

“Our Volt owners truly love the EV driving experience, with more than 80 percent of all trips being completed without using any gasoline. We’ve used their real-world experiences to define the next generation Chevrolet Volt,” said Alan Batey, head of global Chevrolet. “By putting our Volt owners at the center of what we do and leveraging our electrification engineering leadership, we’ve been able to raise the bar and will exceed their expectations with the new Volt.”

Enhanced Battery System Capability

General Motors’ industry-leading battery technology has been improved for the next-generation Volt. Revised cell chemistry, developed in conjunction with LG Chem, increases storage capacity by 20 percent 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).

Approximately 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.

The battery system continues to use the Volt’s industry-leading active thermal control system that maintains electric range over the Volt’s life.

“The current generation Volt’s battery has proven to provide our owners exceptional performance when it comes to quality and reliability,” said Larry Nitz, executive director of GM Powertrain’s electrification engineering team.

Based on a GM study of more than 300 model year 2011 and 2012 Volts in service in California for more than 30 months, 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.

“It would have been simple for us to tweak our existing battery to provide nominally increased range, but that’s not what our customers want,” said Nitz. “So our team created a new battery system that will exceed the performance expectations of most of our owners.”

EV range estimates will be revealed in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GM will manufacture the Volt battery pack at its battery assembly plant in Brownstown, Mich.

Drive Unit Focused On Improved Efficiency

Like the battery system, the next-generation Volt’s drive unit was reengineered with a focus on increased efficiency and performance, improved packaging and reduced noise and vibration characteristics. The two-motor drive unit operates approximately 5 to 12 percent more efficiently and weighs 100 pounds (45 kg) less than the current system.

The Traction Power Inverter Module, which manages power flow between the battery and the electric drive motors, has been directly built into the drive unit to reduce mass, size and build complexity while further improving efficiency.

The boost in performance comes from both motors operating together in more driving scenarios, in both EV and extended-range operation. The ability to use both motors helps deliver more than 20 percent improvement in electric acceleration. GM engineers designed the Voltec electric motors to use significantly less rare earth materials. One motor uses no rare earth-type magnets at all.

The new drive unit will be manufactured at GM’s Powertrain plant in Warren, Mich.

New 1.5L Range Extender

Energy for extended-range operation comes from an all-new, high-efficiency 1.5L 4-cylinder engine. The engine features a direct injection fuel system, high-compression ratio of 12.5:1, cooled exhaust gas recirculation and a variable displacement oil pump. The Voltec range extender runs on regular unleaded fuel.

“Using the 1.5L engine as the range extender assures owners they can go anywhere, anytime without having to worry about whether they have enough power to go through the Rocky Mountains or on a spontaneous weekend getaway,” Nitz said. “It’s all about keeping the promise that the Volt is a no-compromise electric vehicle.”

The 1.5L engine will be manufactured at GM’s Toluca, Mexico engine plant for the first year of production, then shift to the Flint, Mich. engine plant.

U.S./Canadian Content Increases

Since its introduction in late 2010, the Volt has established southeast Michigan as the hub of vehicle electrification development and manufacturing. The next-generation Volt will feature approximately 70 percent U.S. and Canadian components within its first year of production, a nearly 20 percent increase from the first-generation, Nitz said.

Press Release - November 20, 2014

If there’s one thing Chevrolet Volt owners love about their cars, it’s being able to recharge the battery easily. Evidence of that is a U.S. Department of Energy study that shows more than 80 percent of all trips by Volt owners did not use the range extender.

Chevrolet has made the charging system in the next-generation Volt even easier for customers to recharge the battery – and to check the charge status. The next-generation Volt debuts in January at the North American International Auto Show.

“Chevrolet used the real-world experiences of today’s Volt owners to make the charging process simpler and more convenient in the next-generation Volt,” said Andrew Farah, chief engineer for the Volt. “The new Volt will give owners greater flexibility for charging it on their terms.”

The new and enhanced features include:

GPS location-based charging
Owners will now be able to set their charging preferences exclusively for their “home” charging location and the vehicle will automatically adjust to that setting when it is at that location. The car will recognize when it arrives “home” based on GPS data.

This will allow owners to pre-set their charging level (8 amps or 12 amps on 120V only) and whether they wish to charge immediately, set a departure time for each day of the week, or set a departure time and a utility rate schedule to charge only at off-peak rates. Owners can input their local utility’s rate schedule into their Volt to assure they’re charging using the cheapest electricity rates. They will only have to program the system once and the Volt will return to these settings every time it is at its home location.

New, more intuitive charge status indicators
The next-generation Volt makes it easier for owners to confirm their Volt is charging and gauge charge status. The new status system features a specially designed tone that indicates when charging has begun, with additional tones for delayed charging. It will even indicate if the charge port door was left open after unplugging but before entering the vehicle.

With a glance through the windshield, an updated charge status indicator light on the on the top of the instrument panel will show the approximate charge level through a series of flashes. In addition, an available illuminated charge port makes it easier to plug in after dark as well as indicate approximate charge level through a series of flashes.

Portable cord set enhancements
A new 120V portable cord set includes a cord nearly 25 feet long, longer than the current 120V portable cord. It can be locked using a small padlock to deter unauthorized removal during charging. Based directly on customer feedback, a new storage bin for the cord is now located on the left side of the Volt’s rear cargo area, above the load floor, for improved accessibility.

Press Release - January 12, 2015

Chevrolet today unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.

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The Volt’s new, efficient propulsion system will offer a General Motors’-estimated total driving range of more than 400 miles and with regular charging, owners are expected to travel more than 1,000 miles on average between gas fill-ups.

“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America. “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allows us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry.”

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s technology and range advancements are complemented by a design that blends sculpted, muscular proportions with aerodynamic efficiency, and an all-new interior with seating for five and improved functionality.

Everything from charging the battery and checking the charge status, to the intuitiveness of instrument panel controls were designed for easier use.

“According to independent surveyors, Volt owners are the most satisfied in the industry and they were our compass for developing the next-generation model,” said Batey.

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2016 Volt highlights:

New two-motor drive unit is up to 12 percent more efficient and 100 pounds lighter (45 kg) than the first-generation drive unit
Two-motor design enables 19 percent stronger zero-to-30 mph acceleration
Battery capacity has increased to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (96 fewer than current generation) with weight reduced by more than 20 pounds
Regen on Demand™ feature enables driver control of energy regeneration via a convenient paddle on the back of the steering wheel
New 1.5L range extender, designed to use regular unleaded fuel, offers a combined GM-estimated fuel efficiency of 41 mpg (EPA estimate pending)
Stronger body structure and quieter ride
New braking system with improved capability and blended Regen feel
New, five-passenger seating with available rear heated seats
Location-based charging capability
120V portable cord set has a simpler, compact design with more convenient storage location
Available illuminated charge port

The 2016 Volt goes on sale in the second half of 2015.

Sleeker, sportier design
The 2016 Volt has an all-new, muscular design that incorporates Chevrolet performance vehicle DNA inspired cues refined in the wind tunnel.

New features, including active grille shutters, help balance design with efficiency.

Volt’s flowing, dynamic shape is inspired by the toned physiques of athletes and even the natural shapes of wind-swept sands, with carved body sides and fenders that blend into the hood. The front-end appearance retains the iconic Volt identity, with bright upper and lower grille pads.

Greater attention to detail in the design cues, materials and colors also lends a more premium, contemporary aura to its appearance. It also retains the distinctive Volt signature on the upper front doors, carrying over one of the first-generation model’s identifiers.

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Inside, the new Volt includes seating for five. Fresh colors exude an inviting upscale aura – complemented by blue ambient lighting – while the controls are more intuitively placed and simpler to operate.

The Volt retains its signature dual digital color displays with an eight-inch-diagonal reconfigurable screen in the instrument cluster to relay driver information. An additional eight-inch-diagonal touch screen in the center of the instrument panel controls the Chevrolet MyLink system.

Fewer icons on the center dash make it easier to operate. Separate climate control knobs and buttons below the center display offer clear, convenient operation.

New Voltec propulsion system
An all-new, second-generation Voltec extended range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system is the power behind the 2016 Volt’s increased all-electric driving range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration. It was engineered based on the driving behaviors of first-gen Volt owners.

“Volt owners complete more than 80 percent of their trips without using a drop of gasoline and they tell us they love the electric driving experience. Putting that experience at the center of the new Voltec system’s development helped us improve range, while also making the new Volt more fun to drive,” said Andrew Farah, vehicle chief engineer. “We established a precedent when the original Voltec propulsion system debuted and this newest iteration sets the EV technology bar even higher.”

The Voltec system includes the battery, drive unit, range-extending engine and power electronics.

GM’s industry-leading battery technology has been reengineered for the next-generation Volt. The 2016 Volt will use an 18.4 kWh battery system featuring revised cell chemistry developed in conjunction with LG Chem. While overall system storage capacity has increased, the number of cells have decreased from 288 to 192 as the result of a revised chemistry. The cells are positioned lower in the pack for an improved (lower) center of gravity and the overall mass of the pack is 21 pounds (9.8 kg) lighter.

Like the battery system, the next-generation Volt’s two-motor drive unit delivers increased efficiency and performance along with reduced noise and vibration. The drive unit operates up to 12 percent more efficiently and weighs 100 pounds (45 kg) less than the current system.

Both motors operate together in more driving scenarios, in both EV and extended-range operation. The ability to use both motors helps deliver a 19 percent improvement in electric acceleration from zero to 30 mph (2.6 seconds) and a 7 percent improvement from zero to 60 mph (8.4 seconds). GM engineers designed the Voltec electric motors to use significantly less rare earth materials. One motor uses no rare earth-type magnets.

More convenient location-based charging
Using real-world experiences of today’s Volt owners, Chevrolet made the charging system in the next-generation Volt more convenient for customers to recharge the battery – and to check the charge status.

The new and enhanced features include:

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GPS location-based charging
“Owners will now be able to set their charging preferences exclusively for “home” charging and the vehicle will automatically adjust to that setting when it is at “home” based on GPS data,” said Farah, the chief engineer. “The new Volt will give owners greater flexibility for charging on their terms and make public charging easier.”

This will allow owners to pre-set their 120V charging level (eight amps or 12 amps) and whether they wish to charge immediately, set a departure time for each day of the week, or set a departure time and a utility rate schedule to charge only at off-peak rates. These setting will only have to be programmed once and the Volt will default to them when the vehicle return to its home location.

New, more intuitive charge status indicators
The next-generation Volt makes it easier for owners to confirm their Volt is charging and gauge charge status. The new status system features a specially designed tone that indicates when charging has begun, with additional tones for delayed charging. It will even indicate if the charge port door was left open after unplugging but before entering the vehicle.

With a glance through the windshield, an updated charge status indicator light on the on the top of the instrument panel will show the approximate charge level through a series of flashes. An available illuminated charge port makes it easier to plug in after dark.

Portable cord set enhancements
A new 120V portable cord set has a simpler, compact design with more convenient storage location. The storage bin for the cord is now located on the left side of the Volt’s rear cargo area, above the load floor, for improved accessibility.

Safety features
The new Chevrolet Volt offers new standard and available safety features that work with an all-new body structure to provide crash-avoidance and passenger protection capability. Highlights include:

Standard rear-vision camera
Ten standard air bags, including driver and front-passenger knee air bags
Available active safety features offering lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert with following distance indicator, front automatic braking, and advanced park assist with front and rear park assist (semi-automatic parallel parking)
Expanded use of high-strength steel throughout the body structure improves strength and reduces weight
More effective structural load paths in the frame, along with reinforced rocker panel structures and side structure reinforcements

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The new, active safety technologies and structural enhancements build on the Volt’s legacy of top safety performance, which include a 5-Star overall New Car Assessment Program rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the current model.

Manufacturing
GM is investing $435 million in the production of the next-generation Chevrolet Volt at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and at the Brownstown, (Mich.) Battery Assembly Plant, where its lithium-ion battery pack is produced.

The new drive unit will be manufactured at GM’s Powertrain plant in Warren, Mich., and the 1.5L engine will be manufactured at GM’s Toluca, Mexico engine plant for the first year of production, then shift to the Flint, Mich. engine plant.

Since its introduction in late 2010, the Volt has established southeast Michigan as the hub of vehicle electrification development and manufacturing. The next-generation Volt will feature approximately 70 percent U.S. and Canadian components within its first year of production, a nearly 20-percent increase from the first generation.

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