If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the right electric vehicle to come along before taking the plunge, your wait might be over. Ahead of January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevy is releasing details about its improved 2015 Volt, and boy do we like what we’re hearing. The new Volt is faster, quieter, and more efficient than ever before.
The gas-electric plug-in car will use a new extended range electric vehicle propulsion system and will be “more efficient and offer greater EV range and fuel economy compared to the current generation,” General Motors engineers said in a statement.
Although we know the new Volt will go further, we don’t yet know any details about what its new electric range. Chevrolet plans to release those details along with EPA ratings when the 2015 Chevy Volt efficiency is truly revealed in January.
Autonews.com reports that GM started from scratch when designing the new drive unit, carrying over none of the parts from the Voltec drive unit that debuted in 2010. The new drive unit is reported to be 100 pounds lighter and provide 20 percent better acceleration.
Chevrolet says a new battery has a 20 percent greater storage capacity and weighs 30 pounds less than the old unit. In addition, a new direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder box will replace the old model’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder, and will take regular gas instead of the previously-required premium gas.
Here at Suski Chevrolet, we are excited for these worth-while updates to make their way to dealerships next year! But, in the meantime, make sure to check back often for more details about the 2015 Volt.