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.