2014 Chevy Volt Battery Pack Upgraded to 17 kWh; UPDATE: Gov’t (MTO) Source Was Wrong – GM
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has apparently leaked the first bit of news on the 2014 Chevrolet Volt.
It appears as though the 2014 Volt will get a slight bump in battery capacity, as it moves from the 16.5 kWh listed for Model Year 2013 to 17 kWh for the 2014 Volt.
UPDATE (July 8th – 10:45am): Because this story broke on the weekend, we have just now gotten in direct contact with GM about the battery upgrade, and GM rep Michelle Malcho at Chevrolet Communications has said the Ontario government put their foot in it a bit:
“Good morning Jay (who also writes here at InsideEVs) – Just wanted to touch base…There were no changes in the battery capacity between 2013 and 2014. Unfortunately, there is an error on the MOT website. We are working with them to correct it.”
Was this a leak on the Ontario MTO site? Well, if the 2014 Volt gets upgraded to 17 kWh, then it’ll qualify for the provinces full $8,500 credit, which takes roughly 3 weeks to receive once the purchase process is complete. Previous Model Year Volts only qualified for $8,231.
If you recall, when General Motors bumped capacity from 16 kWh (2012) to 16.5 kWh (2013), the Volt’s electric-only range moved from 35 to 38 miles. If this holds true for 2014, then the Volt could break past that 40-mile mark with an electric-only range of 41 miles. This is speculative for now, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the 2014 Volt’s window sticker ends up showing 41 miles.
We expect an official announcement from General Motors on the 2014 Model Year Chevrolet Volt soon as production is set to commence on July 15th.