Skip to comments.2015 Chevy Volt gets larger battery, though range remains the same
Posted on 07/23/2014 11:00:03 AM PDT by Red Badger
The Chevrolet Volt isn't changing much for the 2015 model year. According to specifications uncovered by Inside EVs, though, the new Volt's battery does have a slightly larger capacity. According to the spec sheet, this doesn't translate to increased range. Real world driving, though, might tell a different story.
The 2015 Volt's battery storage is slightly higher than the outgoing model's, up from 16.5 kilowatt-hours to 17.1 kWh. According to GM's manager of electrification technology communications, Kevin Kelly, speaking to Green Car Reports, the increased capacity is "a late change done in the cell... just another continuous improvement to surprise and delight our customers." The stated electric range, however, stays at 38 miles.
Inside EVs followed up on its original report, and found that drivers could see some advantage to the battery tweak. When they spoke to Kelly, he told them, "As a result of this change, we would expect that some customers may see a slight improvement in overall EV range." It's worth noting that when battery capacity increased from 16 kWh to 16.5 kWh for the 2013 Volt, electric range increased by three miles to the current 38, while MPGe went from 94 to 98.
The price of the 2015 Chevrolet Volt remains steady, at $34,995. The actual cost to the customer is considerably less with the $7,500 federal tax credit, as well as any local incentives.
Bigger dead battery ping!..................
Both of them?
To me, Chevy Volt sounds and feels like Chevy Dolt.
Awesome! The larger battery will produce more heat for stranded occupants in the winter when it starts on fire! Well, there’s a problem solved.
No, that’s the buyers.................
actually, a hybrid (like the Volt) that instead uses a small diesel engine/geneset combination with a 20 KWH battery is a pretty good vehicle..... I think Volkswagen has one that approaches 70-80 MPG when running from fuel, and of course the “funny numbers” when combined with battery are well above 100.
I am all for a true diesel/genset vehicle. It will be very effluent AND good performance....
The 2015 Honda Civic Turbo is projected to get 60 to 70 MPG.
Also check the Honda Clarity, the British Top Gear guys say it might be the answer:
Who’s running that place? More for less? Government workers?
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I was going to bring that up also but figured the author knew what he was writing.
I read today that it has been discontinued in Europe.
It still has the one drawback about how to refuel it I always see as a major negative. Under lab conditions and with competent people doing the refueling, no problem. I could do it easy. Unfortunately human nature kicks in and the hoses and connections will get abused by a few morons. Just some idiot dropping the fitting on the ground can make it useless for the next person. Few notice the abuse regular gas nozzles get but the tolerances for a worn fuel nozzle is within a great range. I see dings on them all of the time that would make a pressurized unit unsafe. A slightly damaged gas nozzle could still be used safely. Not so with the type of hook up on the fuel cells.