Brand-new plug-in hybrid offers 50 miles(81km) of EV range, great efficiency and strong acceleration
1/25/15 4:00 am chumakdenis 1
The all-new Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car with extended range has been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show.The second-generation Volt gets new exterior and interior designs, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration, while also offering 50 miles (81 km) of all-electric range.
GM estimates the 2016 Volt will offer a total driving range of more than 400 miles (644 km). With regular charging, owners are expected to travel more than 1,000 miles (1,609 km) on average between gas fill-ups.
"The 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.
Chevrolet Volt features a new exterior design.
Chevrolet says the shape of the car 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 retains the Volt identity, with bright upper and lower grille pads, and introduces active grille shutters. Inside, the new Volt includes seating for five, fresh colors complemented by blue ambient lighting and controls that are more intuitively placed and simpler to operate.
Under the hood
The 2016 Volt is powered by a new two-motor drive unit that produces 111kW (149hp) and 294lb-ft (398Nm) of torque, which combined with a 101hp 1.5-liter range extender engine offers a combined GM-estimated fuel efficiency of 41 mpg (5.73 l/100 km). The Voltec propulsion system is up to 12 percent more efficient and 100 pounds (45 kg) lighter than the first-generation drive unit.
The new Volt also goes from 0 to 30 mph (48 km/h) in 2.6 seconds (19 percent quicker than before) and from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.4 seconds (7 percent quicker). Battery capacity has increased to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (96 fewer than current generation), with the battery weight reduced by more than 21 pounds (9.8 kg). Charging times are about 13 hours at a 120V outlet and 4.5 hours at a 240V outlet.
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.
A few words about 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.
The car retains the 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.
Standard features include rear-vision camera, ten air bags (including driver and front-passenger knee air bags), while available active safety features include 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).
How much will it cost?
Chevy Volt is going on sale in the second half of 2015 and will have quite moderate price - about $ 30,000.
There will be also more information on the Volt coming at the official press conferences later,so stay tuned with us.