Five Facts About The 2019 Chevy Volt That You Should Know

NOV 15 2018 BY WADE MALONE 65

New Volt updates improve the car in every way

Chevrolet more or less birthed the plug-in hybrid category when it debuted the Chevy Volt way back in December of 2010.  Since then, the Volt has continued to lead the way for plug-in hybrids and faced very little serious competition. Neither from a technological sense, or from a sales perspective.

But over the past 2 years, that status quo has changed. The Volt has seen Toyota pass by it in U.S. plug-in sales with their low price, short range Prius Prime. The Honda Clarity PHEV has been steadily creeping up as well. The Honda has an all electric range nearly matching the Volt with an EPA estimated 47 miles. And InsideEVs sales estimates put very little daylight between the two models’ sales.

In order to stay competitive, the 2019 Volt needed to offer some major changes for the car’s mid-cycle update. Faster charging speeds, stronger regenerative braking, vastly improved backup camera, new packages and optional power driver seat are just a few of the improvements. By all accounts, Chevy has succeeding in making the Volt a more compelling package.

Tens of thousands of Americans will be picking up a new plug-in hybrid for the 2018 EV sales rush. So Roadshow has compiled a list of 5 important facts that you should know about the Volt before deciding what PHEV is right for you.

The video gives you a good overview of basic vehicle information as well as several features receiving major updates. Although Roadshow does leave off one very important update heading into winter. According to Chevrolet:

the 2019 Volt allows activation of the automatic engine-assisted heating system to be deferred until much lower temperatures — minus 13 degrees F / minus 25 degrees C — for more all-electric operation.

For more detail on these updates, be sure to check our overview from earlier this year.

Video Description via Roadshow on YouTube:

Chevy gives the Volt plug-in hybrid faster charging capabilities and more safety features. But there’s more — Here are 5 things you need to know about the 2019 Chevrolet Volt.

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Fact 6: GM still do not supply their markets outside of the USA and Canada with good stocks of the Volt and Bolt in either LHD and RHD models.

The US and Canada are pretty much THE markets for the Volt. Sure, it’s technically offered in other countries (Mexico, South Korea, etc), but for all intents and purposes, it’s a US/Canada car.

You forgot the Buick Velite 5 in China, bro…

And here I thought you were the GM guy here…

Are you suggesting that GM is intentionally avoiding making money?

I really like my 2013 Volt, but until they build one with a back seat roomy enough for 2 adults to sit in, I won’t buy another. My next car is probably going to be a Model Y. Sorry GM.

Bolt EV has that room. I am 6′ 1″ and can sit comfortably in the back.

The Bolt’s too “dorky” looking for ziv.

That is true, Bro. The Bolt just looks like a Honda Fit on a bad hair day. And the interior of the Bolt leaves a bit to be desired, as well. My Volt feels like a mid-level Malibu and looks mildly sporty. The Bolt feels like a base level Aveo. The Bolt seats and trim just feel cheap. And I drive a base level Volt, so it isn’t like GM needed to spend a ton of money to make the Bolt feel good enough for a buyer like me.

No, no….that’s me.

Ziv is far from alone.

In CA the sale numbers speak for themselves. Last month you could have a Bolt for a net $8k for a 36mo/12k lease. That is super cheap for a $40k car! Similar deal this month. That’s just over $200/month before any gas savings. And still they can reach 2k per month in sales!
The hell with it….if it gets any lower i may get one myself….and then Bro will have a field day with me.

I sat at a stoplight today with a 2019 Bolt next to me.

I like the Bolt., but it’s a FWD subcompact with oodles of torque steer, no ACC available and a hard plastic interior with tight back seat and front buckets that feel like a narrow park bench.

My Model 3 just made it look like an electric Versa or Fit. Yet the Bolt is better than that and makes a more expensive BMW i3 look bad.

Bolt needs some upgrades but it’s range and thermally controlled battery pack keep it a better choice than LEAF, for the moment, anyway.

One thing I prefer on Volt and Bolt over my Model 3 = Regen On Demand – one pedal driving.

Likewise love my Volt, but when the lease is up in April, bye bye. I will replace it with Honda Clarity. The Volt backseat is the deal breaker. Not a three-person back seat, even for a kid. My rather large dog wont sit on that thing. No question that 5 less EV miles to loose the bump is a good choice. What are you thinking, GM? When Kia/Hyundai launch their Niro/Kona, Chevy Bolt and likely to Volt are history. A good history, but also an example how GM screwed up being the leader in PHEV and EVs.

The Chevrolet Volt is a pioneer Plug-In car.

It would be great if the Chevrolet Volt would be converted to a BEV in the near future.

But then it wouldn’t be a Volt, it would be some other model.

GM should make that “some other model” and perhaps name it something that rhymes with Volt.

Dolt? 😀

Jolt lol

The Clarity is ugly as sin, but It’s back seat gives it a nudge over Volt. Honda likely will benefit longer from the federal tax credit.

Volt will soldier on until 2021 when it will be shelved.

All GM had to do is put the Cruze body on Volt with different front and rear fascia. They both are built on the same platform along with Equinox.

Aero advantage of the Volt’s hatchback body along with lighter weight = 4-5 miles electric range, max.

Ah, isn’t competition grand? 🙂

In the second IEVs article before this one, the 5 worst EVs for reliability, Consumer Reports has the Chevy Volt at # 4 from the bottom of the pack in reliability.

“As for the Chevrolet Volt, this long-range plug-in ranked among the worst. Its reliability score (32%) trailed Prius Prime (91%) and the i3 (89%) by miles. Issues with the drive system, power equipment, and cabin electronics have turned up in recent years.”

Roadshow could have added a #6 “Need to Know”, NOT so “Fun Fact”, that includes significant GM Volt reliably issues.

2014 55,000 miles. No problems.

2012 130k miles, no problems.

Or maybe the “fun fact” is that Consumer Reports‘ automobile reliability ratings… are not reliable. They certainly are inconsistent!

They’re imperfect, but there is no better rating of car reliability than Consumer Reports’ surveys of owner-reported problems. JD Power/TruDelta “number one in owner satisfaction in first nine months of post sales thought leadership” awards are complete garbage in comparison.

The Gen 1 Volt was rock solid reliable. Gen 2? Not so much.

2017 Volt, 27,000 miles. No problems. Last winter hit pothole that took out tires on opposite driver side. Replaced tires. No problems. Use hatchback for hauling big or heavy things with seats down. No problems. This is one tough car.

Reasons not to buy
1 They don’t want to sell them in Europe & U.K
2 I need 5 seats.
3 would of considered one 8 years ago but things have moved on. Why pay twice for 2 drivetrains when an ev can do the lot.
4 looks like they probably wanted volt to fail in the first place to show look electric doesn’t sell, but I am glad that didn’t happen.

If you plan to be an UBER driver, this car doesn’t qualify. Need the 5th seat.

GM doesn’t have any dealerships in Europe or the UK.

That is right, GM pulled out of the Western world’s biggest auto market in Europe.

Actually GM does still has some Cadillac dealers in Europe (but not many).

GM still sells the Corvette and Camaro in Europe, though the Chevrolet Europe that mostly sold Korean Daewoos was closed in 2016, and it sold its big Opel (Vauxhall in the UK) subsidiary to Peugeot/PSA.

What about growing the Volt into a full line of Voltec vehicles, like they have hinted at since 2010? MPV5 anyone?

https://www.topspeed.com/cars/chevrolet/2010-chevrolet-volt-mpv5-electric-concept-ar88669.html

A great many of us have been very puzzled why GM hasn’t produced a Voltec powered Equinox. Battery prices still have a long way to fall before a ~$30K BEV Equinox sized CUV becomes practical so it seems like there would be a nice window of opportunity for a Voltec Equinox. But, after seeing how slow in the US the sales of the PHEV Outlander are maybe GM has been right all along. We will see if Ford actually produces a PHEV Escape before the window on PHEVs closes.

It’s cheaper for them to sell you a diesel for those vehicles, GM still thinks that’s a grand idea. GM, waste of engineering talent.

I’m not sure if the PHEV Outlander is still battery limited. I know that was the “reason” it took so long to get to the US in the first place.

If they sold more, unit cost would go down, and then they’d have to report to the Board of Directors that they’re making money off the car.

Heads would explode.
But, they’re doing their best to limit sales with poor reliability.

So what’s your explanation for the outstanding reliability on the Gen1 Volt and the Bolt?

And why does Tesla have two cars (and the #1 worst car) on that same reliability list? Is Tesla also trying to “limit sales” of the S and X with “poor reliability”?

Voltec will live on in other applications. Link is to video interview with GM VP of Global Propulsion. Voltec discussion at 15:45 (note GM EV discussion starts at 11:55). https://youtu.be/iBtl7cbQcJc?t=945

Chevy could sell more Volts if they make their dealers keep them charged up for test drives. The whole point of buying a Volt is to run it on battery power as much as possible.

2022 will be the last year of its production.

has succeeding (either, is succeeding or has succeeded).

The Volt is far from dead: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/07/report-chevrolet-volt-not-dead-after-all-new-electric-crossover-coming/
Now will it cease to exist in its current sedanish hatchback configuration by 2022? That is possible.

How about styling the next Volt like the Tesla Model 3 or the Audi A5 Sportback? Crazier yet, how about releasing a Volt (GT) styled like a Kia Stinger?

Voltec will live on in other applications. Link is to video interview with GM VP of Global Propulsion. Voltec discussion at 15:45 (note GM EV discussion starts at 11:55). https://youtu.be/iBtl7cbQcJc?t=945

Sorry the last production is 2019! The plant in Michigan has already closed! It’s a done deal…. the Volt is history a sad day indeed :o(

Hey GM, put the Volt drivetrain in the Buick Regal TourX please.

If the Buick Regal TourX doesn’t make sense for the GM Volt drivetrain, then hopefully a Buick Encore / Envision will make the PHEV cut.

Heck Ya! Would love that for a Voltec application!

My few issues with my 2017 Volt
1) CHarging reverts to 8 amperes after every drive. Once the 12 ampere option is selected it should persist not have to be set every time the car is parked.
2) Regen paddles are a terrible engineering decision. Regen shoudl be integrated with the brake pedal. No brainer.
3) Oil leaks due to no oil pan gasket. Took GM three time to install the pan correctly due to lack of a gasket. How much money did this save (-$350) ??
Other than those love the car.

The 8 amp charging is a direct result of complaints from Gen1 Volt owners having issues with their house wiring when charging at 12 amps. As a result, the 2013-15 Volt defaults to 8 amps. However, if you have a 2017, this should not be a problem for you: Gen2 Volts have the ability to set a home GPS location, which will remember your preferred charge setting (but require you to re-confirm once every 6 months).

Regeneration is integrated with the brake pedal on the Volt [and Bolt EV] (with different mapping in L or D). The paddle is just a user preference option.

Stopping repeating this BS on every Volt related article.

You have been corrected at least 2x before. Regen is integrated in the brake pedal. Or you can use the L model. The paddles is only additional regen if you want.

The 8A setting was designed to prevent idiots from starting the fire. There are idiots that drive Volts and don’t know about its regen settings..

“minus 13 degrees F “,
Wow they’ve really changed that from the Gen1. It used to be +15 degrees F.

Other things I would have liked to have had on my Gen was the regen on demand paddles and of course the 53 miles of AER.

Why not just press gently on the brake? What does the regen paddle bring to the table that you can’t do with the brake pedal?
On the temp thing I am with you 100%. I don’t need the ICE kicking on even at -5 degrees, let alone 15 degrees.

I always press lightly on the brake pedal and pulling the regen paddle does add more stopping regeneration on my 2017 Volt.

Probably 90% of braking can be done with one finger of the hand that’s already steering. It’s awesome. You might agree if you try.

Hey InsideEV’s. The Volt is not an EV.

It’s a PHEV, which is surely an EV. We cover anything with a plug. Being that it is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, it has a plug and it is an electric vehicle.

Yet many Volt owners actually use less gas than some EV owners. Because for some the Volt can do trips that some BEV owners need to rent a (or use a second) vehicle for.

Robert, as Steven and Nero point out, the Volt is indeed an EV and one of the best out there. It is not a BEV and is rather a PHEV-53, which is a pretty impressive bit of kit. Evangelizing for EV’s is understandable, even laudable. Trying to cast shade on one sub-set of EV’s vs. another is not. The BEV purist mindset does us no good whatsoever.

I didn’t buy the first gen because it didn’t have enough range. I have a 38 mile commute and with my 2017 88.8% of my 19,270 are electric. The On Star app says my lifetime mileage is 250+. Almost all of my gas miles are 2 years of driving to my vacation spot that is 7.5 hours away, which is also why I will never buy a full electric car! As green as I try to live I can deal with buying gas twice a year. During my May vacation to the Adirondacks, and usually once again in the winter because of the engine coming on in the cold. I set mine for 15 degrees. All my electric miles are free because we have solar and are net zero even after adding the Volt. We have not had an electric bill since we went online in 2013 except in Jan & Feb of 2018 due to extreme cold. In that time I have had no mechanical issues. The only complaint I can make is that there is no HD radio and I cant get clear reception of my favorite local FM station which is a first for any car I’ve… Read more »

Not sure what the guy is saying – he wasn’t very specific at all.

I have no idea what a 2019 ‘range topping’ chevy Volt model is. I thought all the different flavors had the same range.

Checked the GM volt website and they describe the occasional use cord and the $750 charger option (32 amperes) in exactly the same way they describe the BOLT ev charging hardware – and that is a 7700 watt unit, which until I hear differently, I’ll assume also applies to this car.

Interesting enough I have a 2017 Volt and I get 72 to 74 miles from a single charge.

I just purchased the 2019 Volt and I’m glad I did! ALL AMERICAN baby yasssss! It received 5 stars for performance and safety. It’s drives wonderful and it is much more roomy in the back seat than with the older models. All leather seats with heat and a heated steering wheel. I’m gonna save so much money on gas! Got all the discounts and rebates plus a 700.00 Costco cash card! A little pricy but well worth it every penny. Too bad 2019 is the last of this vehicle the Michigan plant who makes the Volts is now closed forever 😑! But parts will always be available for this car. Mind you there was a long waiting list for this car. I got lucky. I would suggest this car for anyone who does a lot of commuting you will save a lot at the pump! Thanks GM 🤗