Second Generation Chevrolet Volt Has 80 Km Electric-Only Range
|   Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Chevrolet Volt debuted in its second generation version at the Detroit Auto Show. General Motors have improved all aspects of the series hybrid from their portfolio.
Compared to its predecessor, we are talking about a design closer to vehicles with a conventional propulsion system, an upgraded interior and a propulsion system with increased autonomy. Even if the model will not reach European showrooms due to the withdrawal of the American brand on this market at the end of the year, the Volt II is important for the automotive industry, because it raises the bar for the electric range for all series hybrids to be launched after it.


Just as in the previous generation, the Volt is a series hybrid. This means that the car starts and runs 100 percent electric mode until from lithium-ion batteries run out of power. After that time, the in-line four-cylinder engine displacing 1.5 liters comes into action which functions as a generator to power those batteries.

Compared to its predecessor, the propulsion system is 45 kg lighter and 12 percent more efficient. The acceleration of 0 to 98 km / h is carried out in 8.4 seconds, which is an improvement of seven percent and the sprint from 0 to 50 km / h is achieved in just 2.6 seconds.

The internal combustion engine provides 101 hp, while the electrical unit develops 149 hp and maximum torque of 398 Nm. The maximum speed is 157 km / h, lower than the first Volt by a few km / h, but the total range is up to 676 km. Only in electric mode, Chevrolet Volt can travel up to 80 kilometers, a significant improvement over the previous generation. The battery pack which equips the hybrid system can be charged in 4.5 hours from a standard 240V electrical outlet.

The new generation of the Chevrolet Volt looks completely different from the previous model, but the designers have managed to integrate aesthetic elements that identify the new model as a futuristic Volt successor.

The front of the model, lateral and posterior profile, don't hint at anything resembling the models in General Motors' portfolio. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The back of the old Volt disappeared in favor of a less unusual configuration. Thus, the taillights seem to be inspired by the Ford Focus hatchback. The front is reminiscent of the Honda Civic American version.

Chevrolet Volt's cabin has now a five-seat configuration, and waives the futuristic board in favor of orders close to those of a conventional car. The board now has a metal trim instead of glossy plastic, and MyLink integrates multimedia system. The list of standard equipment now includes a reverse camera, numerous driver assistance systems and up to ten airbags. The model will be able to front park automatically and present support systems for parallel parking and semi-automatic rear parking.

"The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience. 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" said Alan Batey, GM North America President.
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