As energetic as the name sounds, Chevrolet’s 2016 Volt is all set to deliver an impressive performance. The electric car comes with a sportier design, enhanced acceleration and improved efficiency. The new propulsion system offers General Motors’ estimated driving range which is over 400 miles. The car will run more than 1,000 miles with regular changing, between gas fill-ups. This new Chevrolet boasts a muscular body, as well as an excellent aerodynamic efficiency. Several aspects, such as checking the charge status, charging of battery and instrument panel controls have been especially designed for easier use. The car would be available for sale in the second half of this year. As the president of GM North America – Alan Batey reported, the company has collected data from thousands of customers. Together with this knowledge, they have used their engineering prowess to create the most efficient plug-in vehicle in the automobile industry. He also averred that surveys indicate Volt owners to be the most satisfied.
Charging the car and checking the charge status is now more convenient. Greater flexibility is available – customers can pre-set the 120V charging level, which can be 8 or 12 Ampere. They can set departure times for every day of the week. They can also set a utility rate schedule and departure time so as to charge only at off-peak rates. They have to program this setting just once, and the car will default to them when the vehicle gets back to its home location.
The active grille shutters are a new feature, and these help strike a balance between design and efficiency. The body is beautifully sculpted and interestingly, it looks inspired from natural shapes such as those of wind-swept sands. The front face gives it the royal Chevrolet look, with bright upper as well as lower grille pads. The company has meticulously selected the shades and design cues to ensure a ravishingly contemporary look. The inside is equally beautiful, with colors that are complemented by blue lighting. Chevrolet MyLink system is controlled by the eight-inch-diagonal touch screen that is located in the heart of the instrument panel. The center dash has fewer items, thus enhancing the convenience. The five-seater has rear heated seats.
Below the center display are present the easy-to-use knobs and buttons for climate control. The storage bin for the chord has been given a new place – it is available in the left side of the car’s cargo area. Customers have a wealth of safety features that provide crash-avoidance and also ensure passenger protection. Ten standard air bags, that include driver as well as front-passenger knee air bags are available. Also present is lane keep assist along with lane departure warning. The high-strength steel that has been used for the entire body structure, serves to improves strength and reduce weight at the same time. Additional features include Standard rear-vision camera, side blind zone alert accompanied by lane change alert, forward collision alert is present with following distance indicator, rear cross traffic alert, advanced park assist, front as well as rear park assist and front automatic braking.
The brand new two-motor drive unit is 100 pounds lighter and up to 12 percent more efficient when compared to the first-generation drive unit. The Regen on Demand™ feature is available, that enables driver control of energy regeneration. This is done through a convenient paddle that is located on the back of the steering wheel. Using 192 cells, the company has boosted the battery capacity to 18.4 kWh. Simultaneously, they have cut down on weight by more than 20 pounds. The fuel efficiency of 41 mpg has been made possible by the 1.5L range extender.