GM Exec: “Better In Every Way” 2nd Gen Chevrolet Volt “Media Encounters” Coming Soon – Video
Last month GM teased us with a photo of the upcoming 2nd generation of Chevrolet Volt – a car that won’t be fully revealed until the 2015
Detroit Auto Show NAIAS. However, a few new details on the road to that reveal came recently from Larry Nitz, who is GM’s Powertrain Executive Director, as well as “electrification” boss.
More specifically, Mr. Nitz says that GM won’t be running fully dark on information pertaining to the next gen Volt in the short term, but that there “will be some specific media encounters along the way between now and January.”
Past these future-teasers, GM’s Powertrain exec says the Volt will be “better in everyway”, but qualifies that statement by also saying that pertains just to the “meaningful things that we think the customers really like”.
Mr. Nitz prefaces this bold statement by highlighting things like range, performance and efficiency, but also notes later that charging times aren’t really a concern.
Reading the tea leaves presented to us, we take this to mean significantly more AER, but no fast charging on Volt 2.0.
Checkout the full Autoline After Hours interview with Mr. Nitz (from 15:15 for Volt-related topics), as it is interesting to get a first person account of the project from a GM exec directly…something of a rarity this past 2-3 years.
In case you don’t feel like sifting through the whole video, InsideEVs tipster Eric H provides a nice bullet-list of the tidbits to be had:
- Today’s volt is GM’s highest customer satisfaction vehicle.
- GM has collected anonymous data on about 2/3 of all volts or about 50,000 units.
- About 65% of overall driving is electric.
- About 82% of energy during commuting is from the electric plug.
- 81% of all trips have no engine start at all. Some other plugins: only 10% of trips did not have an engine start
- The promises made are the promised that will be delivered to customers regarding Volt 2.0. What people want will be delivered and we’ll hit it out of the park and sell in the numbers we want to sell.
- 60% of volt customers only charge on 110v rather than 240v.
- 50% of all volts are at home at any one particular time.
- 8 hour charge is perfectly acceptable for a majority of customers.
- Regarding customer education, we are going to do more to help the customer understand the proposition of the volt. If someone can drive the volt for a couple weeks then they get it.
- There is a customer who drove 10,000 miles and only used 33 gallons of gasoline.
- “Volts plug in on average 10 times per week, not 7. That surprised us. We figured a once a day charge but customers charge more”