Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2016 Volt
New model features expressive, sleek design and delivers 80 km of EV range
DETROIT, USA – Chevrolet recently unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 81 kilometers of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The Volt’s new, efficient propulsion system will offer a General Motors’-estimated total driving range of more than 643 kilometers and with regular charging, owners are expected to travel more than 1,609 kilometers 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, including active grille shutters. The all-new interior has 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.
Fresh colors exude an inviting upscale aura – complemented by blue ambient lighting. It 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.
“According to independent surveys, Volt owners are the most satisfied in the industry and they were our compass for developing the next-generation model,” said Batey.
Powering the Volt is an all-new, second-generation Voltec extended range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system. It was engineered to increase all-electric driving range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration, 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 has 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 45 kilograms 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 48 kmh (2.6 seconds) and a 7 percent improvement from zero to 97 kmh (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.
Using real-world experiences, Chevrolet made the charging system more convenient for customers.
“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 (8 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 returns to its home location.
Also key to Volt’s range is its range-extending engine. For the 2016 model, the engine is an all-new, high-efficiency 1.5L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, rated at 101 horsepower (75 kW). It features direct injection, a high-compression ratio of 12.5:1, cooled exhaust gas recirculation, wide cam phasers and a variable-displacement oil pump to make the most of performance and efficiency. It also features a lightweight aluminum block.
Safety features on the Volt include rear-vision camera, ten air bags, including driver and front-passenger knee air bags, 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).
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.
Volt goes on sale in the second half of 2015 in North America.