Triple 5...That Should be the Next-Gen Volt Target
In response to General Motors' CEO Dan Akerson saying that the next-generation Chevrolet Volt needs a 20% boost in electric range, the Chevy Volt Owners Group on Facebook voiced several opinions on what that next-gen Volt actually needs in order to be competitive when it launches in 3 to 4 years.
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One comment stuck with us, as it's precisely what we think GM needs to do with the Volt.
"I would rather see 20% more range and 20+% better mpg on the range extender (smaller, lighter range extender, maybe 1 liter and 3 cylinder)."
"I would like stats of "triple 5". Seating for 5, 50 mile battery range, 50 mpg on the range extender."
It's the triple 5 that we entirely agree with. First, the next-gen Volt must have 5 seats. This should be the ultimate focus at GM.
Second, the next-gen Volt need 50 miles of electric-only range...Easily doable by the time it launches, we think.
Finally, 50 mpg from the range extender. This might be difficult to achieve, but a figure in the mid-40s should be the target.
So, what do you think? Is triple 5 possible? Probable? Unlikely? Should GM shoot for even more out of the next-gen Volt?
Hat tip Andrew Diamond via Chevy Volt Owners Group on Facebook!!!