After announcing new details on the 2nd generation of Chevrolet Volt yesterday (bigger battery, more efficiency and a new 1.5l extended range motor) General Motors held an impromptu online chat between Larry Nitz, who is Director of Global Transmissions and Electrification, and would-be future owners of the 2016 Volt.
And while many questions posed where deftly avoided (as one would expect ahead of the official launch of the car in Detroit in January), Mr. Nitz did throw out some knowledge as well.
Here is the highlights of Tuesday's Facebook chat, leading off with InsideEVs' own Cody Osborne:
2nd Gen Chevy Volt Chat With Larry Nitz
As for a usable, adult-sized fifth seat, which the newly released cutaway (below) would seem to indicate will not be part of the next generation of Volt...but perhaps a bench of some kind? GM got out in front of the popular question:
2016 Chevy Volt Cutaway
New range of the 2016 Volt? GM was mum - although stated it would be greater, leaving its media powder dry for the big NAIAS show in January.
Sidenote: we have it pegged at 50 miles allowing for newly released data (that and ex-GM CEO's constant harping on the subject over the past 2 years):
And the range is...
"More" Is Better
As predicted earlier, Mr. Nitz kinda confirms what we had thought from an earlier conversation by the exec, that charging in the next gen Chevrolet Volt will disappoint, as current owners really aren't thrilled having to still deal with 3.3 kW of onboard charging, let alone no fast charging. Still Chevy Volt owners just wouldn't let it go.
Mr. Nitz also throws in an unsettling reference to how fast it is to fill up your car with gas.
/know your audience Larry
Not Looking Good For Better Charging Capabilities...and when Larry says wait 10 weeks, he means read the spec sheet at the NAIAS in January
Probably the hardest question for the GM staffers to answer of the afternoon:
About a Voltec-based SUV:
Before Anyone Flips Out...GM Refers To the Orlando (or MPV5) As A "Crossover"
Current and future advertising plans:
Focus Will Continue To Be On California
Full chat can be found at Chevrolet's Volt Facebook page here.