2015 Chevy Volt to Ride on GM's All-New Global Platform

By · August 29, 2012

Chevy Volt

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze, due in fall 2014 as a Model Year 2015 vehicle, will use an all-new global platform for General Motors. That platform, which will eventually find its way under up to 2.5 million of GM's compact vehicles and crossovers, will be what underpins the next-generation Chevrolet Volt, according to Automotive News.

At this point, we can only guess as to what improvements the redesigned Volt will feature, but this is the right time for Volt owners to speak up about what improvements they would like to see. For starters, it seems like the battery could be repackaged to allow the Volt to haul five passengers, instead of only four in its current configuration. The current model also has rather limited cargo space, a shortcoming that could be addresses with a redesign. What would you like to see in the 2015 model?

Timing for automobile product development usually requires planning to occur about three years before a new model goes into production.

The expected new GM platform carries the internal designation of D2XX, according to Reuters. The redesigned Chevy Cruze will launch in late 2014 and GM has confirmed that the next-gen Cruze will feature "new exterior and interior styling, improved fuel economy and an improved interior compartment and more storage space."

Though GM is not officially confirming the existence of D2XX, General Motors is definitely gearing up for production of a totally redesigned Cruze. According to a recent GM press release, the automaker will invest $220 million to retool its Lordstown, Ohio plant for the pending redesigned Cruze. GM said that "production timing of the next-generation Cruze will be announced later." It's safe to assume that we'll hear about a redesigned Volt at the same time.

Comments

· Larry4pyro (not verified) · 2 years ago

I'd like to see the Voltec drivetrain on everything that uses the new Delta platform. That includes SUVs, station wagons, and compact cars from other GM manufactures.

· mileater (not verified) · 2 years ago

I almost did not get my Volt because of 4 passenger instead of 5, and because of the small trunk. I am so glad I got it. I was able to slightly modify the bottom plastic of the baby seat to push it a few more inches to the center where I like baby to be safer. I found cargo to be more than sufficient. It is deceiving when you first look at it. The cargo is bigger than it looks. We fit everything in it. Also, the seats are super adjustable for really tall people, so some dealers put the seat all the way back and it looks like there is no room in the back. When you put the front seats in the normal position for 5'10" people, there is plenty of room in the back.
The Volt is a step above all other cars. I would never go back to gas. It would be like going back to horse and buggies.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 2 years ago

Prius launched V as a wagon to have maximum cargo space. And C-Max also followed the same.
Next gen Volt should be a wagon so that by moving the battery behind, it can also be made as 5 passenger vehicle. Also they should allow the regular gas, after all it has only a generator and not an engine, so it should even burn E85.

Remember the next Gen Prius coming in 2016 will be highly improved and unless Volt can match it, things will get difficult for GM.

· · 2 years ago

Put the Leaf's navigation system, climate control and backup camera in the Volt and you have the perfect car.

· Callajero (not verified) · 2 years ago

I am extremely happy with my Volt, currently getting 300 MPG. But a five passenger arrangement would definitly be an improvement.
A real major improvement would be to put in a much more efficient "range extender" engine which would be capable of running on alternative fuels, so I can avoid gasoline 100% of the time.
Another minor improvement would be to simplify all the touch buttons that can be confusing at times.
I LOVE my Volt and will never buy a gasoline powered vehicle for the rest of my life!

· Drew (not verified) · 2 years ago

1) Thinner A-pillars and overall better visibility
2) More conventional/easier center stack
3) Available sunroof
4) Full LED lighting, inside and out
5) Heated steering wheel
6) More responsive keyless system
7) Shorter front air dam
8) More range of course!

· Opp Chg (not verified) · 2 years ago

As mileater said, MUST seat 5. A co-worker of mine has 3 kids and would have otherwise traded his Prius for a Volt in a heartbeat. (He also gets 69 mpg in his Prius on his 20 mile commute in to work!)

· · 2 years ago

I considered a Volt but found the rear seat leg room too tight when the front seat was adjusted for my height (6' 1"). I also found my head touching the rear windshield promising a painful ride if one of my similarly sized sons was at the wheel. Four passenger capacity was ocasionally going to be a problem for my family of 5.

· 54mpg (not verified) · 2 years ago

A convertible Volt.

· · 2 years ago

Get rid of the range extender ICE.

Seriously: Chevy should consider offering a version of the existing Volt (or, more correctly, this yet-to-be-released improved one) with a slightly larger battery and no internal combustion engine at all.

Hey, why not? So many people who own the Volt seem to think it's the best car they've ever had . . . and many exclaim that they never need to fill up, even with the 35 to 40 mile electric-only range. This, contrasting with a number of frustrated Leaf owners who have shown up on this blog, who didn't know how to properly pre-qualify themselves and got a vehicle with a 75 mile range when they knew their daily commute was going to around 90 or so.

Let's finally see a U.S branded pure EV for once (yeah, yeah, I know . . . Ford Focus EV. But try to actually find a Ford dealer who is willing to sell you one.)

· Matt (not verified) · 2 years ago

First, stylistic points: No longer have the back part of the trunk be a separate and clashing color with the rest of the car. Also, I dont know if its just me, but the Volt just LOOKS heavy. I dont know the actual weight of the car but it just looks like it weighs much more than an average car of its size, maybe change the body a little bit to make it look like a trim, slim, and sleek car.
Second, technical points: All electric range is just fine, so if battery tech is such that they can decrease the total size of the battery while leaving its Kwh intact it would both increase the size of the interior space while decreasing weight, potentially adding range in the process.
Third, Cost: We have yet to see the Volt compete with the Ford C-Max Energi but as I see that to be the most comparable car with the Volt, and the cost difference between them -with the C-Max being much lower- I can only envision a significant dent into the Volt sales. Bring down the cost Chevy!

· Bill Howland (not verified) · 2 years ago

444 mpg on my Volt. (2011)

Wish List:

1). Smaller ICE (internal combusition engine) option (1 cyl vs 4) in exchange for larger capacity battery.

2). I like that the useless (2011) Nav system is now optional. Too bad you cant shut off the radio without it turning itself back on. What a dumb idea.

3). Via truck like pure range extender, no synergy drive crap, although I have to admit it does work well. I say change it to save $$$$. Maybe as an option (see #1 above).

Wish list for another GM Volt like product, like a
Caddy Escalade EV:

A).(depending on advancing battery storage) Much much bigger battery (like 150 kwh minimum)

B). Much smaller ICE, or, depending on future batteries, elminated entirely ( 400 kwh, 1200 mile range, therefore, ICE not needed).

C). Simple / Understated Elegance, less silly junk and touch screens. I love it that CR said "my ford touch" stinks, hehe.

I know its heresy on this website, but I'd also like to see More Choice in CNG vehicles, something besides a Honda Civic.

· · 2 years ago

If we can have a station wagon version that would be nice.

If the revised battery package allowing five passengers could despite that be even more energetic by allowing 75 EV miles instead of 38 it would be a big plus.

Last but not least, a simpler serial engine as a range extender and in any case a Flex-Fuel version available.

More as an option, a power supply to the house in case of emergency like what www.priups.com is describing. Something like 15 KW of power would be great.

A last thing, but really a game changer, in the sense of practicality, a “Park & Forget” system. Whatever it may be, that is simple contact under the car and contacts on a half cylinder shape rubber based or a more expensive induction based systems or why not both of them. All this with the cord remaining as a backup of course.

By the way if the cord charging can be made in a similar way as for a vacuum cleaner, that is with an automatic rewinding system integrated in the car, instead of a cord that you need to pack manually it is also a plus.

· I Second That (not verified) · 2 years ago

An automatic rewinding Lev1 charge cord for the next Volt. THAT is a good idea that should be passed along. Thanks for mentioning it Priusmaniac.

· · 2 years ago

@Priusmaniac,
I'm afraid a few of your wishes won't fit in the small Volt body.
The battery for a PHEV is tough to place. With a BEV, it can go under the floor but the PHEV generally requires that space for emissions and fuel systems. If the put a big battery in the back, it hurts weight distribution and the gas tank gets in the way. In front, the ICE fills the space.
The Volt's "T" pack brings a lot of the battery weight up forward but, of course, it intrudes into the passenger space.
Your idea of a retractable cord presents another space problem for the spool as well. Also, remember that for fire safety, the cord needs to be fully ventilated when current is running through it. The retracter would have to ensure that the cord is fully pulled out before it could allow you to charge. Your vacuum cleaner only pulls about 5 amps while your Volt wants 15.
The automatic charging system sounds like a very expensive proposition, mainly because your garage floor will have to be jack-hammered to install the 240 volt wiring and the complex charging system. A simpler inductive charging system will be less efficient and produce potentially more dangerous EMF hazards.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 2 years ago

Wish list:
1. Styling. The Cruze might meet some need in the US, but its brother, the Ampera, could really use a lot more class. If the design was a bit more elegant than the average mid-sized American car, it might sell better here in Europe (remember, European car designs sell well world-wide while American designs don't)
2. Electric fold-in mirrors. These two kites on each side are targets for abuse in most of the rest of the world and most modern cars is the size and price range offer this, many as standard equipment.
3. Smaller/optional/removable? ICE. Only take the motor with you when you go on long trips, otherwise you could put a like sized battery unit there for more commuting range. ;-)
4. More elegant, less proprietary center console electronics. It would lower cost and development time just to use a commodity iPad or the like touch screen device. Propriertary central control systems would still exist, of course Might make integration with external systems (from FB to Taxi dispatchers) easier and it's use more versatile.

· · 2 years ago

"3. Smaller/optional/removable? ICE. Only take the motor with you when you go on long trips, otherwise you could put a like sized battery unit there for more commuting range. ;-)"

I think you're going to find, anonymous, that a removable ICE is going to be a VERY tall order. Those engines - even so-called small ones - weigh hundreds of pounds and have to be seriously bolted down into the car, with all sorts of water circulation, gasoline input and exhaust output connections. Even though the Volt's ICE is typically used only to charge the battery, it's output is also able to connect directly to the drive train in so-called "Mountain" mode. So, it would be an enormous chore to yank it out of there. You might as well be asking for a flying car.

Come to think of it . . . nobody has asked for a flying Volt yet. I guess I'll be the first!

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· Big Larry (not verified) · 2 years ago

Interior size over range ! I need more headroom to get into the car. We need more ground clearance to get over speed bumps and curbs. A power drivers seat is a must. These items will add weight, reduce dynmics, and therefore range. I burn a gallon or two of gas per month. I'm willing to double my gas consumption in exchange for more interior room.

· Bill Howland (not verified) · 2 years ago

Took a look at the 2013 today. Basically the same, didn't get a chance to see if the Nav system was any better.

One thing I did notice is we are now on the 3rd (4th or more?) version of the 110 Voltec Charger.

Vers 0 (not sure if anyone but Bob Lutz got this, but the lights were different on the panel)

Vers 1 (now shreaded), 5" long 16 gauge (thats #16 American Wire Gauge for you Europeans). 3 wire plug in orange stub. 18' 3-16, 2-18 orange cord.

Vers 2 (got this as a mandatory recall). 4" long black 14 gauge 3 wire plug in stub. Same 18' cord as is Vers 1.

New Vers 3: 3-14, 1-18, 18' black cord. Stub like vers 2 except now 16" (almost certainly due to me waking up everyone at GM Headquarters two months ago). Obviously copied GE's charging docks which use the ground (earth) wire as the other data lead. Only problem with this that I foresee is you better make sure your grounds (earths) are good. Otherwise, maybe they'll be blowing out of more On Board Chargers as what happened with the Nissan Leaf. GM will no doubt say they considered this, but then again, why did they quarantine it in Version 1, a perfectly fine charging dock, to the point I dont see the need for either versions 2 or 3?

Vers 1 and Vers 2 did get warm, but the manual did say to have a perfect outlet to plug into, and if not, lower the charging rate. This lets them off the hook legally I'd think. The one place they are still in trouble legally in my opinion is there is noting that says to unwind the 16 gauge cord fully. But then, in Vers 3, this cord wont get hot anyway, or at least, less than in 1 and 2..

I guess you have to give 50 electrical engineers something to play with. I wish they'd hire some real talent and come out with something useful, instead of continually redesigning this 8 or 12 amp dock,(and then even then they only 'spec' it since it is contracted out for GM), but then, admittedly, I'm nitpicking.

· · 2 years ago

@ ex-EV1 driver,

OK for a retractor that checks if the cord is sufficiently pulled out. No problem with that.

For extra EV miles, the solution can be on the bottom for a part but mainly in the front where the engine has to be made as to leave half of the place for more batteries. The way to do that is to go serial on the engine so you can avoid clutch and gear box space intake. You are then left over with an almost shoebox (boots box size is still OK) sized pure generator that leaves room for the batteries that now encumber the habitat at the location of the fifth passenger legs.

For the Park & Forget System I would use a simple contact based system laying on the ground. It is made of a rubber half cylinder associated with a rubber mat containing high weight switches that only allow current if the weight on each wheel is more than 600 pounds. The contacts on the rubber half cylinder are corrosion resistant and about 3 inch sized squares. When you car drives in the wheels go first on the rubber mat to prevent the attached half cylinder from sliding backwards. Under the car there are two similar sized square contacts mounted on somewhat flexible support to give some adjustment in high. Even if the contact on top of the lying cylinder are normally already at the right height to reach the under part of the car. When the car is driving on the mat the high weight switches are closed on both wheels. The contacts under the car connect to the contacts on the cylinder. The system is now ready for charging. It is simple low cost 100% efficient and doesn’t need a jack-hammer. It just lays there on the garage floor waiting for your car. It remains in place because of the weight of the car. Beside you can even remove it and store it away if you like, or you can take it with you on your holiday to use it at your vacation place. There really is no show stopper. You can use it relatively safely as it is or you can add extra electronic control systems for extra safety. Although I don’t know a cat heavy enough to activate a 600 pounds switch and even less so two of them simultaneously. Water and dirt is no problem because the contacts are on top of the curved shape and the arrival of the car creates a scratching that cleans the surface by itself. Estimated price of the thing is 200$. No big deal.

· · 2 years ago

Retractable AC cords seem to be more trouble than they're worth. But a simpler interface with standard 120V than what we have now would be nice. A standard heavy duty extension cord with a female IEC connector like this on one end . . .

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSpsPX0i4wxOe9Ih3YtcmbIDxixPTkeH...

. . . and a male IEC panel connector like this on the car, under a hatch, with the associated conversion circuitry behind it . . .

http://www.leedsradio.com/images-odds/Corcom_6EF1F.JPG

. . . would solve the issue very nicely.

I was disappointed to read on another recent thread here on Plug In Cars that the upcoming model year Volt is going to make easy120V charging to be more troublesome that it is now, by requiring a programming sequence from the dash controls every time to obtain optimal amperage . . . one that is now the default standard on this year's model.

· · 2 years ago

@Benjamin Need,
Unfortunately, its a matter of power. Those simple consumer electronic plugs you show are only good for maybe 4 amp at 120 volts (~500 Watts). The other problem is that a Volt plugged into an electrical outlet, if getting "optimal amperage" will be the only thing that can be plugged into that circuit in the whole house. This means that one is likely to blow breakers.
Since most people don't understand power draw, I think it is a good idea to have the Volt draw less power by default but allow those who understand when they can draw more, to select it. The Tesla Roadster works this way and to me, it makes the most sense.
I've heard of parties with many plug-in drivers in attendance where people plug into every outlet they can find in the garage and around the house. Breakers blow and nobody gets charged. The question, of course, is what the default amperage should be: 8? 12? 8 Amps would let 2 EVs charge on a circuit without blowing a 20 Amp breaker (with the required 20% safety margin). 12 Amps would let 1 EV charge as well as a few ancilliaries (such as lights, garage door opener, or the battery keeper on the old ICE buried in the back of the garage :-).
EVs require a lot of power. Just plugging into a home infrastructure designed to handle lights and vacuum cleaners is going to stress it. The best solution is to have a dedicated circuit to the EV and, of course, if you're going to pull a dedicated circuit, you might as well bring 240 volts and go Level 2.

· · 2 years ago

Actually, ex-EV1, the female IEC connector I linked to is rated at 15A . . .

http://www.amazon.com/Marinco-320IEC15-IEC-Connector-120V/dp/B000LNE5DO

Stands to reason that matching male connectors are made to this amperage specification as well. And . . . if the IEC modular plugs aren't up to the task, then let find one that is. Maybe a Neutrik Speakon, or a variation there of, which is rated for 40A continuous . . .

http://www.neutrik.com/en/speakon/spx-series/nl4fx

The larger point I'm trying to make is put the conversion electronics inside the car, behind a panel with a proper plug, and then simply have a heavy duty extension cord available that plugs into a standard 120V 15A household outlet at the other end. The general idea is to not have to carry one of these around in your trunk . . .

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cdzu5zxUtSY/TdE-0nzBslI/AAAAAAAAAF0/MaJt2LL8WM...

. . . to charge from a household outlet.

All this said, I'd be happy to have such a system exist as a 30' length of 12 gauge extension cord wire coiled up in the corner of by trunk that I can unfurl, plug in and unplug as needed
. . . no desire by me for a vacuum cleaner style cord that retracts into the interior of the car. Retractable cords tend to fail to properly retract at the most inopportune moments. When it happens to the Electrolux, I simply stuff the mess inside the closet and deal with it later. When it happens to an EV I'll be wanting to drive away in, that could be far more problematic.

As for the Volt's preset 120V current draw settings changing from the current model year, it's comments attributed to Tom Moloughney on this topic thread . . .

http://www.plugincars.com/mark-remburke-chevy-volt-and-level-1-charging-...

. . . where he stated . . .

" . . . the 2013 Volt will take 16 hours to fully charge on 120v. GM has lowered the default charge rate from 12amps to 8 amps. You can override it and set it to 12 amps, but you have to navigate through 4 screens and the setting doesn't hold, so you would have to go through the four screen process every time you charge if you want to charge @12amps. 16 hours is painfully slow for 38 miles of range IMHO."

If 12A is too much on the bleeding edge and 8A is too wimpy, why not a default preset of 10A?

· · 2 years ago

"If 12A is too much on the bleeding edge and 8A is too wimpy, why not a default preset of 10A?"
Actually, for me 15A (1.8 kW) is way too slow. Even if I charge for 24 hours per day, that only gets me about 43 kWhr per day. This is only enough to drive about 150 miles in a day. Realistically, I want to be charged enough to make it 40 miles home by about 11:00 am at work, should I have a doctor appt or similar. This means that I need charging at at least 3.8 kW or 240v, 15A.
Faster is always more practical as it provides more flexibility.
While I agree with your assessment that the "bricks" that today's L1 chargers provide are ridiculous, you can blame that entirely on lawyers. All it really takes is a wire as shown by Tesla's connector:
http://shop.teslamotors.com/collections/charging/products/mobile-connect...
The only large part is the connector to the car. The rest is just a wire with a standard GFCI plug.
I'm afraid I'm not following your 10A desire. If 8A lets 2 charge in the average garage at the same time, 12A lets 1 charge with a few lights, etc, and 15A will likely blow the breaker if anything other than the car is plugged in. What is the benefit of 10A? It will only allow 1 car but a few other ancillaries than 12A.
The only good solutions IMHO are 120v 8A for a safe solution for those who don't wish to invest anything in infrastructure, don't want to learn basic electronics, and don't want any potential hassles or run a new wire, in which case the more power the better. My preference is for 240V 70A.
Running a conduit and wire for 240V 70A isn't much more expensive than one for 120V 15A. The labor is the same and the copper is probably ~$50 more depending on how far you have to run it. This will let you charge 2 EVs simultaneously at 240V 30A or one at 240V 70A.
Wimping out just as a matter of principle just doesn't cut it for me. Its a waste of money and resources.

· · 2 years ago

Adding to all this amperage stuff, the first house I owned was built in 1920 and contained a virtual museum of household wiring technology of the past century. Before our electrician came in and replaced every last piece of wire and receptacle, we had one particularly onerous patched-together circuit that snaked through every room in the entire house that would trip if the portable television was on in the bedroom and we were toasting bagels in the kitchen at the same time.

Our current abode, built in 1956, is another with less than optimal original wiring (although not nearly as bad as our 1920 place was before the big upgrade.) Before the eventual solar PV is installed and an EV follows on here, some fairly comprehensive household electrical upgrades will have to occur.

When I borrowed the Leaf in August, I used the best outdoor outlet I had available: one that the previous homeowner had installed for a patio hot tub, a dedicated 20A circuit wired directly to the fuse box with a weather-shielded receptacle. Trouble was, I had to run a 50' extension cord to get over to the carport. This cord would get warm (not hot) to the touch after particularly lengthy charging sessions. I took great care to route the cord away from the edge of the house and charge at night, when ambient temperatures were a good 20° cooler and the sun wasn't baking the cord.

· · 2 years ago

@Benjamin Need,
"I had to run a 50' extension cord to get over to the carport"
I hope it was a 20 amp rated extension cord or a 15 amp at a minimum. I fear the day when some Leaf or Volt owner burns down a house by chaining together several cheap extension cords that catch fire trying to carry 15 amps.

· · 2 years ago

If Envia lives up to its claims *and is ready in time*, the Volt might switch from a "T" shaped battery pack, to merely an "l" shaped one in the "transmission" tunnel. That might give room for 5. Small and lighter battery more along center line will improve acceleration, braking, and handling.

Switch the ICE generator from expensive premium to super clean & cheap CNG.

· · 2 years ago

Lighter battery will also improve mileage.

· · 2 years ago

"I hope it was a 20 amp rated extension cord or a 15 amp at a minimum. I fear the day when some Leaf or Volt owner burns down a house by chaining together several cheap extension cords that catch fire trying to carry 15 amps."

Yup. Not every cord in my house is 12 gauge wire, but they're all fairly heavy duty . . . and I chose a good one for this temporary charging setup. Unfortunately, there will invariably be some sort of household disaster that will make the news regarding EVs that will come down to nothing more than someone attempting to charge overnight with a 100' run of several 16 gauge cords that burst into flames.

As it is, a project for this fall is to have that outdoor (former hot tub) circuit routed towards the carport with new conduit and fresh wire inside. Beyond making the operation of my table saw far more convenient, I'll be in better shape that next time I get to borrow an EV, or finally own one. And . . . as long as I'm going to all the trouble of doing the conduit work, I'll investigate the possibility of routing 240V over there.

· Bill Howland (not verified) · 2 years ago

Not sure but there looks like there is going to be continuing consternation regarding European practice and North American practice.

Europeans while standardizing on some variant of a 220Y/380 volt 50HZ system also apparently have 3-phase power in all but the smallest of homes.

Not sure about Beverly Hills or Palm Springs, but I'm house shopping, and went to look at a local Beverly Hills style 8000 sq ft mansion. While this house was large enough to have a transformer cabinet in the basement ( 1 of 2 levels of basement ), many ovens and kitchen appliances, 3 central air conditioners, electric sauna, elevator, etc, it still "only" had a 400 amp 120/240 volt single phase service (to qualify for residential rates presumably).

As mentioned previously, the European Auto manufacturers (VW, BMW, etc) have standardized on a 3 phase 380 volt charging scheme.

While in North America, we've standardized on the single phase (80 amp maximum currently) J1772 standard.

I hate multiple standards, because then they are only local and not international, and since the config is so different, you can't just swap the connector and make everything work. I guess its just one of the bugaboos we'll have to live with.

· Puget Sound (not verified) · 2 years ago

60 mile EV range.

Leave Voltec alone.

A whole lot more public fast charging infrastructure.

A touch console that works better.

A sweet instead of lame nav system.

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· Anonymous1 (not verified) · 2 years ago

Did anyone but me ever wonder how many Volts would have sold if they had used the camaro-type body style that the first brought out as their concept???? Talk about missed opportunity!
i'd be willing to bet my Volt title it would have sold gangbusters!
Style sells folks! Slap a corvette body on it and I'll buy another !

· Garret (not verified) · 1 year ago

Fuel cell as range extender

· Anonymous (not verified) · 1 year ago

- 5+ Seats
- Bigger electric motor 200hp+
- Bigger engine
- Bigger car (eg VW Sharan, stick it with 25-30Kwh Battery and 200hp engine)
- Three times bigger gas tank
- Block heater
- Automatic loading of battery with gas engine while car is powered down. (ie use the fuel to top up the battery while at work)

Note: I don't really give a s*** about the mpg count, but really like the driveability and quietness of electric.

· Pete M. (not verified) · 1 year ago

I love this car. I've only had my 2013 for 2 weeks, and I look forward to driving anywhere. These are some things that I noticed it needed right away in order to remain competitive:
-Sunroof
-Power front seats
-5 seats
-Cargo area cover that attaches to the lift gate that exposes the cargo area when hatch is opened.
-LED lighting
-Fog lamps
-Better backup camera. My Escape had a much better camera
-More intuitive infotainment/climate/Nav system with less quirks
-Electric fold in mirrors. I thought it had them because the manual talks about them, but no.
-Keyless entry keypad like Ford has, but that may be patented to Ford?

Hopefully, some of these improvements will be available by the time of my 2016 lease roll. I am very happy with the current vehicle though. G.M. did a great job.

· · 1 year ago

Apparently for various reasons, Consumer Reports lists the Volt as the most loved car by their owners. While I'm sure I'd disagree with many fellow Volt owners on specifics, I too am basically found of the car, especially
1). Very Smooth Ride when on battieries.
2). Flawless pickup (unlike the clunky Ford CVT - I've heard many complaints about this).
3). At least a "MINIMAL" (to my mind) battery... I thought I'd never hear myself say that but then all these new plug-ins have such microscopic batteries, and that with battery factories closing/downsizing due to lack of orders!

A 30 amp onboard charger would be handy (7.2 kw @ 240, 6 kw @ 200 volts (single phase) ) but it doesn't look like Chevy wants anything more than their initial 14 amp thingy. If everything else on the car was perfect then 3.3 kw (at best) is ok, heck, i'm living with it now.

· · 1 year ago

GM is planning on having two versions of the next generation Volt (Volt 2.0). There will be a 5-seater version for the second generation Volt in 2015, but it will only have the 16.5 kWh battery. The 4-seater version of the Volt 2.0 will have a 20 kWh battery which should give very close to a 50 mile all-electric range. I am hoping in the future as battery energy densities increase, GM will make a 30 kWh battery available which could give an approximate 75 mile range. In the Volt 2.0, the range extender ICE will be only 1.2 liters, but much more efficient than the current 1.4 liter engine allowing for up to 50 mpg on the highway once the battery is depleted. The Volt 2.0 on paper looks to be an awesome vehicle as a 100 mile commute would only consume one gallon of fuel.

· · 1 year ago

I can't connect a new Cruze for 2015 and the Volt changing for 2015. The Cruze is built in Ohio and the Volt in Detroit. The ELR is just starting up for 2014 and that IS built in the Volt plant. So why is the Volt always compared with the Cruze? The original Volt power train was installed in an Impala for testing, not a Cruze.... I bet the Volt won't change much until GM is sure of its model line future..

· · 49 weeks ago

A new Volt with a visually cleaner exterior would be nice. Current models have this heavy slabby appearance on the sides that clashes with the smoothly sculpted front end. Then the rear third of the vehicle looks like it came from another car altogether. Design by committee anyone? The widows are smallish and what's with that black stripe on the rocker panel? Near the wheel wells it's wide, then under the doors it just suddenly chunks down to something thinner with no transition. That just looks clunky. A little more height, too would give more headroom. Finally, flatten that battery pack and get a fifth person a place to sit and increase electric only range by thirty or forty miles. That's my two cents. Kudos to GM for building this great vehicle. I don't suppose Michael Moore could man up and say "Job well done, GM".

· · 36 weeks ago

It irks me when I see comments suggesting GM add sunroofs, electric seats, seating for 5 people, fog lights, solar panels on the roof and anything else that could add weight, complexity and electrical demand to a Volt.

American cars became bloated and fat several decades ago, and Japan came into the US with small and lightweight fuel efficient cars and kicked Detroit's butt in a mighty big way.

I'd prefer GM stick to keeping the Volt as light as it can possibly be. And for those who want an lavish EV, PEV, Hybrid, ERV with indoor plumbing and a salad bar inside... perhaps GM or Ford or Chrysler can create a new version called the "EV Porker" to satisfy those people who want a big fat ERV. I can see these people going into an auto dealership and the salesman asks, "Hey, want fries with that and would you like to giant-size your order? How about desert?"

I'm able to do amazing things with my Volt, just the way GM conceptualized it on the drawing board a few years ago. Add weight and complexity to an already winning formula, and we could have a "deja vous" all over again, and this time, China will come to our shores with small cars that get great mileage, and they will sell like hotcakes as did the small cars from Japan did in the late 60s, 70s.

My 2012 Volt is "Dusty" on Voltstats... Could your Porker ERV do what my Volt can do? I think not.

· · 24 weeks ago

I would like a Volt Station Wagon or Volt Truck to replace my 2013 Prius V.

Cute little 4 seat cars are nice for some but worthless to most everybody with kids and real work and outdoor play to get done.

I bought the Prius V to replace a Ford Explorer, so gas MPG is great, but the cargo room is a bit smaller. PriusV is the largest Prius Toyota builds.

What I really want is an EREV that can do 50 Miles on battery, and also switch over to a real full size engine and tow a camper, tow a boat, etc.

I miss having a BIG Engine that can do Real work: plow snow, haul dirt, work construction.

So a Volt Truck that runs on electric when it is just you driving to work, or kick over to a real full sized engine to tow a trailer & lawn equipment or a weekend with the quads going mudding up at camp.

· · 11 weeks ago

We would buy a 2014 Volt today if it fit my husband's golf clubs. The Prius plug in is nice, but he doesn't like the handling and the way he drives, it would rarely use the 12 miles of electric charge range and the clubs are a tight fit...so buying a Hybrid Camry.

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