The second-generation Chevrolet Volt, due out as a 2016 model year vehicle, caters to the requests of current Volt owners with things like its fifth seat, more immediate power delivery, and certainly, its extended EV range.
That last staple of the 2016 Volt’s revamp has as much to do with the engineering of the Voltec powertrain’s new battery pack as it does the reworked two-motor drive unit.
Automotive News highlights this fact, reporting that the new 192-cell battery pack can carry the Volt up to 50 miles before the gas-powered generator kicks in, up from 38 miles from the first-generation’s 288-cell unit. Part of that has to do with weight-reduction and improved aerodynamics. For instance, the new Volt weighs somewhere around 200 pounds less than the current car, including a 31-pound reduction from the battery pack alone.
Another part of that improved electric range is the Voltec system’s lowest permitted state-of-charge. AN says that Chevrolet engineers allow the next-generation car to drain 9 percent more capacity from the pack before the internal-combustion unit kicks-in to boost regeneration.
And then, of course, the new battery pack has been more effectively optimized by General Motors and their battery partner, LG Chem. Occupying the same approximate volume, with 31 fewer pounds and 96 fewer cells, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has an 18.4-kWh capacity to the 2015 model’s 17.1.
So, whether you own or lease a first-generation Chevrolet Volt, or you’re just an intrigued consumer, the 2016 Volt will keep more coin in your pocket given a regular charge.