An unnamed industry source said General Motors will introduce an all-new electric powertrain that includes a more efficient electric motor and a lithium-ion battery with extended range on the next Volt. Additionally, the current Voltec powertrain will be offered alongside the new powertrain as a cheaper alternative.
“Basically, there will be two (powertrain) choices, kind of like a car might have a four-cylinder engine and a V6 option,” the source said. “This would be kind of the same thing.”
The redesigned Volt due in time for the 2016 model year with the newer, upgraded battery pack and electric motor will give the car more range and will be priced above the base model. The battery pack will also be more compact.
“The current Volt continues to do well in its current stage with the current technology. Volt customers, according to J.D. Power, are the happiest customers on the face of the earth. We found a winning formula and we are not going to change it,” Chevrolet spokesman Mike Albano told Edmunds.
The current 2014 Volt has an all-electric range of 38 miles. Once it is fully depleted a 1.4-liter engine kicks in to help recharge the battery, giving it a total range of around 380 miles, according to Chevrolet. Edmunds’ source said the new model will have an all-electric range of around 60 miles and a further overall range.