Triple 5...That Should be the Next-Gen Volt Target

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.

2013 Chevrolet Volt EPA Sticker - A Few of Those Numbers Need to Shift Upwards for Triple 5 to Become Reality

2013 Chevrolet Volt EPA Sticker - A Few of Those Numbers Need to Shift Upwards for Triple 5 to Become Reality

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!!!