It’s no secret that Chevrolet is working on the next-generation 2016 Chevy Volt. The company has said that the new plug-in will make a debut in 2015. They have also outlined the details of the new “Voltec” drive system for improved electric-only range.
The battery pack has 20% more storage capacity while using fewer cells and thus weighing less (30 pounds less). It still has the thermal control system to allow for a more consistent driving range and better longevity in a variety of climates.
The electric motor unit has also been improved. It weighs a whole 100 pounds less, is more efficient, and improved noise and vibration characteristics.
The range extender / generator is an all-new 1.5L gasoline four-cylinder. It uses direct injection and high 12.5:1 compression, yet uses regular grade gasoline. Chevrolet did not release any horsepower specs for the range extender or the electric motor. But the company released this statement.
“Using the 1.5L engine as the range extender assures owners they can go anywhere, anytime without having to worry about whether they have enough power to go through the Rocky Mountains or on a spontaneous weekend getaway.”
How do they know that it can conquer the Rocky Mountains on full battery pack or on range extender? Well, you test it in the Rocky Mountains.
We are looking forward to see what the next Volt is capable of. After all, it has a lot more competition now.
Check out this TFLcar Prototype Hunting video from high in the Rocky Mountains.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.