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General Motors today unveiled a new and improved version of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The second-generation Volt will travel about 50 miles purely on electricity stored in a new lighter 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack. That’s up from 38 miles in the 2015 Volt.
It’s been exciting to watch the release of one new plug-in model after the next. But the most promising developments could be just around the corner: new and improved second-generation battery-powered models, starting with the Volt.
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.
A new Edmunds analysis says the "green car" market is stagnant, but that's misleading—cars with plugs are showing big gains.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that it has completed tests of 32 small cars for its “small overlap front crash protection.” The results for plug-ins were mixed, with the Chevrolet Volt earning an “acceptable” rating, and the Nissan LEAF electric car getting a “poor” rating. The new small overlap test, introduced in 2012, replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another car or an object such as a tree.
Both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF may be offered with battery choices. It's a trend that makes sense.
Talking with Tony Posawatz makes one optimistic about the future for electric vehicles. The executive who helped create GM’s Volt, and tried to save Fisker Automotive, is now spreading his talent around to many EV-space companies and he is stoked. “I am a passionate believer in electric drive tech and auto clean tech stuff,” he told PluginCars.com.
Cars.com, a consumer website aiming to help ordinary people choose the right car, has named the 2013 Nissan LEAF its “Eco-Friendly Car of the Year.” The LEAF’s competitors this year were the Chevrolet Volt and the Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen TDI, Cars.com executive editor Joe Wiesenfelder told PluginCars.com. The LEAF “is accessible, high-volume, and most recently started to address the limitations that have kept people from buying it,” he said.
Dave Barthmuss, General Motors spokesman, stood up to the microphone at last week’s meeting of the Western Journalists Association (WAJ) in San Jose, Calif. Before uttering a word, he paused, surveyed the room of writers, and let out a sigh of relief. Dave then reminded the crowd how far that he and GM had come in the last seven years—from the time, as he put it, he was portrayed as the Darth Vader character in the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” which chronicled the infamous crushing of EV1 electric cars, and the ensuing demise of a previous generation of EVs.
General Motors may be readying itself to launch the Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury coupe later this year, but building more affordable and capable plug in cars is its top priority, Doug Parks, GM’s vice president for global product programs said on Monday. Talking with reporters at GM’s global battery systems laboratory near Detroit, Parks reinforced that affordability and performance were two key goals to widen electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid adoption.