The Chevrolet Volt’s been a lot of things to a lot of different people. For Chevy Volt buyers, customer satisfaction is one the highest rates in GM’s entire product portfolio, as it liberates drivers from the gas pump during short-range drives, while the gasoline generator engine gives peace of mind once the electric range runs out. For EV-phobic blowhards, the Chevrolet Volt stands as a symbol of pointless engineering, and only exists because of Barrack Hussain Obama. For the shareholder types, the Volt was only one thing.
Not so with the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, however. In a roundtable interview with Mark Reuss, General Motors’ head of product during the 2015 North American International Auto Show, a lot of questions popped up about the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, of which we asked him a few. One thing he assured is that the Volt 2.0 will indeed make General Motors money this time around, as the developers behind the car found a way to subtract around $10,000 in costs per vehicle. This should also make it easier to attain one, as the MSRP of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is expected to drop significantly compared to the outgoing model as a result. Pricing won’t be made official for some time, however.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is also 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, while the battery sees a 20 percent increase in storage capacity and a 15 percent increase in energy density. Aerodynamics have also been improved, and the new 1.5L generator engine is expected to sip less fuel than the outgoing 1.4L engine while in operation, while at the same time delivering more refinement and less of a droning sound. A sound every Volt owner knows all too well, coupled with the assurance to friends and family that their car is supposed to sound like that and is not broken.