Improved Range and Powertrain for the New Volt

November 7, 2014

imagesGeneral Motors has been one of the leading companies at the forefront in development of cars using hybrid technology. The company recently made a significant step by unveiling their latest version of the Chevrolet Volt. The car will be ready for the commercial market in 2016. The car comes with a completely revamped drivetrain. This will come as good news to most consumers in the market because it will greatly improve on the fuel economy of the car.

This new version of the Volt plug-in hybrid is designed to use a gasoline engine when the battery power of the vehicle is depleted. This significantly improves the driving range of the car. The car is scheduled to be market ready by next summer. The engineering executives at General Motors are optimistic about the major upgrades in the battery life of the 2016 model of Volt. The car will come loaded with an electrified transmission and a 4-cylinder engine. This is referred to as the Voltec system. This is expected to increase the driving range of the car by up to 12 percent from the current rating of 380 miles. This of course will be affected by factors such as weather and speed.

The new Volt model is also expected to offer a stronger low speed acceleration. There will also be smoother operation in the range extender mode. This is expected to increase the usability of the car, which will come as good news for most drivers around the world.

The developers of this new Volt model designed the car using input from the owners of the earlier models of the car. This was intended to design a car that would address the problems of most of the drivers in the market so as to come up with an acceptable product. The company found that most of the users of their earlier car models do more than 80 percent of their driving in the electric only mode. The company also discovered that a majority of the Volt owners charge their cars more than once a day instead of charging their cars overnight as recommended. This means that most of these car owners have access to curbside charging stations and also have a greater preference to use battery power for their vehicles than use their engine power.

The new Volt design took all these factors into consideration and designed a car that would help solve most of these challenges. This comes in the form of the new Volt.

 

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