2015 Chevrolet Volt: Greater Battery Capacity

By · October 06, 2014

2016 Teaser Image for Chevy Volt

The Volt is mostly unchanged for 2015, but the company released this teaser image to announce a design revision for 2016. Unfortunately, the image doesn't tell us much.

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The 2015 Chevy Volt is mostly a carryover model from previous years. The number of miles the Volt can travel purely on electricity is the vehicle’s most important metric. On that account, the EV range is still 38 miles—even though the capacity of the battery pack slightly rose to 17.1 kilowatt-hours from 16.5 kWh in previous model years. The official efficiency rating stays put at 98 miles per gallon equivalent.

Since 2012, the battery capacity has edged up a couple of times, first from 16 to 16.5 kWh—and now to 17.1 kilowatt-hours. This represents a slight increase in real-world EV range, as anecdotally reported by some Volt drivers. In 2013, the estimated all-electric range jumped from 35 to 38 miles. The latest stories regarding the 2015 Chevy Volt means the new model year, if driven cautiously, could surpass 40 miles of driving without using any gasoline.

The list of standard features on the 2015 Chevy Volt adds an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, with a package that bundles navigation with Bose Premium Audio.

The exterior White Diamond color is discontinued, while an Iridescent Pearl Tricoat is now available at an extra cost.

These changes for the 2015 Volt are minor, but General Motors has already announced that a more complete design update will debut in 2016, in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At that time, GM is expected to announce technology upgrades as well as visual refinements, although no details are available.

Besides an increase in electric driving range, many observers are hoping that the Volt will expand from a four-seater—due to a tunnel running the length of the cabin to house the vehicle’s battery—to rear bench seating that pushes the total number of passengers to five.

At the same time, consumer and analysts are hoping for a reduction sticker price well below its current $35,000 price tag.

The 2016 Volt is expected to continue to share its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Cruze. Car and Driver speculates that more than one body style could be offered with the Volt badge, similar to how the Toyota Prius grew into a family of vehicles, including a compact and small wagon.

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