2016 Chevrolet Volt To Have More Power From Stem To Stern

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

The Chevrolet Volt came into this world through a combination of engineering, design, and a twee song/interpretive dance number.

The second-generation PHEV, due out of Detroit late next year, plans to aim a bit higher than its quirky beginnings.

Automotive News reports the new Volt will have a clean-sheet Voltec drive unit that is 100 pounds lighter than current, and will deliver 20 percent improved acceleration for blasting off the line at your local drag strip, thanks to two electric motors doing the grunt work instead of one.

Speaking of motors, the main four-pot range extender will gain in size for 2016, jumping from 1.4 to 1.5 liters. The new engine is part of a family of small engines — ranging from 1 to 1.5 liters — that will be used throughout General Motors’ global portfolio.

Holding the electricity will be a new battery pack with larger cells and a 20 percent increase in storage capacity. Cell count falls from 288 in the outgoing pack, to 192 in the upcoming unit.

As far range and MPGs are concerned, GM will announce those figures when the new Volt — sans the aforementioned twee song-and-dance number — rolls down the ramp at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Gasser Gasser on Oct 29, 2014

    Volt still has a long plug in recharge time. GM had a problem with the electric cord overheating, so they lowered the current draw...less heat in the cord, longer recharge times. I sat in a Volt at the last auto show and agree ith the too plastic criticism. Additionally, if it were to be my only car, I would like a bit more driver room.

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    • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Oct 29, 2014

      @mcs My limited experience with charging a Volt in my garage on 115 VAC was that the cable never got more than warm, if that. I know because that is something I actually checked while I had the car. So your comment makes sense to me but "gassers" does not.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Oct 29, 2014

    The next Gen Volt will be bigger and seat 5.

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    • FreedMike FreedMike on Oct 29, 2014

      @highdesertcat Why should the Volt be cheaper? It's the best plug in hybrid on the market. The other competitive vehicles cost similar money, but none have anything close to the Volt's EV range. Plus, I don't think you can get anything close to the tax writeoff you can get from the Volt. Best product equals highest price. As far as tax is concerned, $7500 is the tax on $56000 in taxable income for a couple that's married filing jointly. That probably puts the gross household income in the $80-90,000 range. That's a pretty good-sized market.

  • Blackcloud_9 Blackcloud_9 on Oct 29, 2014

    Current lessee of a 2013 Volt here. I’m very happy with the car. I’m 6’4” and because it is a small car, ingress/egress can be a bit challenging. Once I’m inside, however, I’m able to get comfortable. I think the car fulfills it role very well, better than any other hybrid on the road IMO. I really like the fact that no matter how you drive it won’t use any gas until the initial battery charge is depleted. My wife uses the car for work which involves driving to several schools within her school district. Each day the car arrives home with the charge (nearly) depleted; which means she has gone the whole day without using any gas (or very little). We plug the car in to charge overnight (on the standard 110 charger) and the car is good to go the next morning. If I love the car so much, why did I lease? Two reasons: - We balked at the 45k price tag. I mean, that is a lot of money for a small car no matter how “whiz-bang” it is. Chevy was offering a very attractive lease offer at the time - More importantly, being one of the (kind of) early adopters I realized that the next gen Volt would be a lot better than the original. It was like buying a computer in the 90’s or early 2000’s, when the next gen rolled out, your current model was quickly obsolete.

  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Oct 29, 2014

    Production of the next gen Volt drivetrain & hybrid battery was "in-sourced" and consolidated 100% at GM's Warren Technical Center for corporate security reasons; this is probably the most "cloak & dagger" type operation GM has undertaken in at least 40 years. The three major objectives for GM are to significantly extend electric range, significantly reduce charging time, and to dramatically increase the efficiency/output of the heating function of the HVAC system (major bitching about this Volt weakness especially in the wake of last year's brutally cold winter).

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on Oct 29, 2014

      From what I've read, Volt will continue to charge at 3.3kW. That sucks. Incidentally, higher charging rate would also allow for better winter 'preconditioning', as I've seen an indicated 6kW being drawn while parked with the system set to Comfort + Defrost.