One of the ways the Cadillac ELR differs from the current-generation Chevrolet Volt is in its Regen On Demand system. This function enables the driver to pull the paddles behind the steering wheel to convert the vehicle’s momentum into electricity as it coasts, giving the user additional electric range without having to stop and plug the car in.
Regen On Demand is exclusive to the ELR, but that’s about to change when the next-generation Volt is unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. The new Volt will receive several upgrades over the outgoing model, including a more refined 1.5-liter engine and greater electric range, however it will also receive a system similar to the ELR’s Regen On Demand.
GM product chief Mark Reuss and lead Volt engineer Andrew Farah recently took a spin in the all-new Volt, where Reuss got acquainted with the Regenerative Braking On Demand system. Reuss, who has used the similar function in the Cadillac ELR, says the new updated regeneration system is “more refined” than the one used in the ELR.
Check out the video below to see Regen On Demand in action, and don’t forget to check back to GM Authority when the Volt makes its official debut in early January.