2016 Chevrolet Volt - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs
Yesterday, following the debut of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the team of engineers responsible for the plug-in car hosted a Facebook chat to answer questions.
More specifically, Andrew Farah (Vehicle Chief Engineer, Chevrolet Volt) and Larry Nitz (General Motors' Executive Director, Hybrid and Electric Powertrain Engineering) fielded the questions. A lot of new info on the 2016 Volt was revealed in their answers.
Here's a summary of the important information that was revealed during the Q & A (Summary credit & big hat tip to Patrick Killian!):
-Electric heater for cabin will be more powerful but still resistive. -3.6kW charging now instead of 3.3kW -Price similar to current Volt -Brake lights come on after a set rate of deceleration now -ERDTT will still exist with configurable levels (temperature options unknown at this time) -EPA rated 50 mile all electric range -EPA rated 41 mpg in charge sustaining mode -5 seats (although the 5th is not roomy) -Quieter cabin, less engine noise, smoother ride -GPS charging will save preferences (8amp/12amp) for 90 days -Range extender got an approx 40% power boost to 101 hp -New battery is NOT backwards compatible with gen 1 -Gen 2 basically identical aerodynamically speaking to gen 1 -Auto window down on all 4 windows, auto up on drivers window only -No adaptive cruise control -Minor improvement to leg room (0.6 inches) and minor loss of headroom (0.2 inches) in the back seat -No lumbar support adjustment -Rear view camera is now standard -No new driving modes -No power seat -Higher maximum regenerative braking available (using L and paddles together) -When asked about possible incentives for current Volt owners: 'I believe that marketing is looking at some incentives for Volt owners.' -Engine no longer requires premium gas -Low beams are LED, high beams are halogen -Turn signals are incandescent -Will come with X years of OnStar (X not yet determined) -Question: Will it blend? Answer: "we operate the Volt as a pure E.V. or in charge sustaining. We do not blend during charge depletion. That's the beauty of the Volt--it can be a pure E.V. during depletion!" -Optional heated steering wheel and heated back seats -Will go into production in second half of 2015 -Goodyear tires were replaced with Michelin
Complete Q & A post embedded below: