The Volt became the first model to receive this award more than once. Single motor electric – The primary motor runs solely on battery power, maximum propulsion power is 111 kW. Same market segment Chevrolet (USA) cars: (click on the car to proceed to datapage) [168][169], In December 2018 the Volt still ranked as the all-time best selling plug-in electric car in the United States,[189] but by February 2019 it was surpassed by the all-electric Tesla Model 3. [159], Production of the 2013 model year Volt began in July 2012 and customer deliveries began during the same month. The engine drives the secondary motor as a generator, via the charging electronics, to keep the minimum battery charge level. I am speculating that the new transmission uses a planetary gear reduction set much like the spark coaxial gearbox as shown in figure 5. This second PG set may be for gear reduction so we still only have 1 PG set used for the power split device.

[8] It went on sale as a 2017 model year in the rest of the U.S. in February 2016. With the vehicle in the 180 degrees position (upside down), the coolant came in contact with the printed circuit board electronics at the top of the battery pack and later crystallized. (function() { The Opel Ampera features more stylized alloy wheels as standard, and the side skirts are body-colored rather than black. 2011 The Volt ranked first in Consumer Reports' list of owner-satisfaction based on its 2011 Annual Auto Survey, with 93% respondents who owned the Volt saying they definitely would purchase that same vehicle again. However, Consumer Reports have noted that fuel-efficient hybrids and diesel models often depreciate far less than most vehicles, which might increase the Volt's resale value after three years above the US$17,000 estimate. [172], The main differences between the Volt and the Ampera are in their styling. [2][72], Prior to the 2016 model year, the Volt required premium gasoline of (R+M)/2 octane rating[73] of 91 or higher because the higher octane permitted the 10.5:1 compression ratio engine to use more ignition timing advance to maximize fuel efficiency by 5 to 10% compared to regular gasoline. “Our goal was to keep the engine quiet,” he says. The mountain mode, which is expected to be required only under unusual power demand conditions, increases minimum battery state of charge (SOC) to around 45%, thus maintaining performance on steep and long grades. Sales continued, and dealers modified the Volts they had in stock.

"[316], In early 2010, it was reported that General Motors would lose money on the Volt for at least the first couple of generations, but it hoped the car would create a green image that could rival the Prius. Primary traction electric motor/generator, provides good acceleration for driving at lower speeds and regeneration for braking, its maximum output of 111 kW setting the maximum output of the whole system. The system is also lighter because the use of high grade neodymium magnets. Represents the "C (medium cars, compact)" market segment. We torque-match the electric motor to the gasoline engine and pre-fill the cylinders with gas during stop/start, which allows the engine to start quickly.

[187] Other states where the Volt has solo driving access to HOV lanes are Florida, Georgia, New York and Virginia. 's Objections, Dealers Sell "Used" Chevy Volts Without $7,500 Tax Credit", "Chevy Volt dealers inflate prices, take tax credits", "Stunner: GM May Be Losing $50,000 On Each Chevrolet Volt", "GM's Volt: The ugly math of low sales, high costs", "GM Response to Reuters Story on Chevrolet Volt Development Costs", "Defect Investigations Results - NHTSA Action Number : PE11037", "Chevy Volt Fire Prompts Federal Investigation Into Lithium-Ion Batteries", "GM Volt Fire Prompts Probe of Lithium Batteries", "Formal Defect Inquiry of Volt Battery Begins", "U.S. opening formal probe into GM Volt fire risk", "Tsunami Reveals Durability of Nissan's Leaf", "G.M.

[119], In July 2014, Opel announced that due to the slowdown in sales, they would discontinue the Ampera after the launch of the second generation Volt—and that between 2014 and 2018, Opel planned to introduce a successor electric vehicle in Europe. [233] The Netherlands is also the top selling Volt market in Europe with 1,062 units registered through December 2014,[225][226][227] out of about 1,750 Volts sold through 2014.

Dislikes: Cramped back seat, lackluster cabin fittings, limited cargo volume behind rear seats. Pricing of the 2017 Volt starts at US$34,095, US$100 more than the 2016 model, while the Premier package starts at US$38,445. Once the battery was depleted, it earned just 39 mpg. [7][15][16], Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cycle, the 2016 model year Volt all-electric range is 53 mi (85 km), up from the first generation's 38 mi (61 km). The second generation battery pack uses fewer cells (192 vs 288), weighs 29 lb (13 kg) less and features a capacity increased to 18.4 kWh.

Search automobile-catalog: this database is huge, use the search field below to find here data you are looking for: The all-electric range was officially rated at 53 mi (85 km), up from 38 mi (61 km) attained by the 2015 Volt. While it still needs 13 hours to fully recharge its battery using a standard 120-volt household outlet, the larger charger will refill the battery in two hours and 20 minutes with a 240-volt outlet. In the article there is a great cutaway of the trans. These prices do not include taxes or any applicable government incentives. This rating was obtained with NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program for 2011 model year vehicles. The NHTSA said it had "concluded that the crash test damaged the Volt’s lithium-ion battery and that the damage led to a vehicle fire that took several weeks to develop. [127][177] The 2011 Volt price including all available regular production and premium options is US$44,600, including destination charges and before tax credits or any subsidies. As of December 2019[update], Chevrolet Volt sales are led by the United States with 157,054 units delivered,[15] followed by Canada with 16,653 units through September 2018,[202] and the Netherlands with 1,062 Volts registered through December 2015. Base model:Submodel:Click on the chosen year to proceed to specs datapage:Chevrolet (USA) Volt 2nd generationcompact / small family car - 5-door hatchbacksince the year 2016Chevrolet Volt 2nd-gen. Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (2016-2019)2016 specs review --->2017 specs review --->2018 specs review --->2019 specs review --->Chevrolet (USA) Volt 2nd generation Then Bob Lutz arrived in 2001 as vice chairman of product development.

Lines and paragraphs break automatically. [146][147] By March 2012 the Volt plant has a global production capacity of 60,000 vehicles per year. General Motors Defends EV Label", "Practically Green: A Q&A with the Chevy Volt's Chief Engineer", "Sorting Myth From Fact as Volt Makes Its Debut", "Unbolting the Chevy Volt to See How It Ticks", "GM Introduces E-Flex Electric Vehicle System; Chevrolet Volt the First Application", "The Story Behind Chevy Volt's $40,000 Price Sticker", "Bob Lutz: The Man Who Revived the Electric Car", "Bob Lutz Drives the Volt, Calls It 'Electrifying, "How Volt's cost rose and rose and rose . GM explained that the investments will pay off once the innovative technologies of the Volt are applied across multiple current and future products. Pricing starts at 638,000 pesos (~US$36,880). In figures 4 and 5 one can see how much more compact the gear sets are in the new transmission. General Motors explained that the buy back price includes the Volt purchase price, plus taxes and fees, less a usage fee based on how many miles the car has been run. The EPA rated the 2011 Volt combined fuel economy at 93 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPG-e) in all-electric mode, and 37 mpg‑US (6.4 L/100 km; 44 mpg‑imp) in gasoline-only mode, for an overall combined fuel economy rating of 60 mpg‑US (3.9 L/100 km; 72 mpg‑imp) equivalent (MPG-e). “Silent as a submarine,” adds Editor Dave Zoia. It also suffered in our visibility tests due to the fact that the rear decklid is so high that 170 feet of roadway is obstructed from the driver's view. According to Opel, this concept is the role-model for the next generation of Opel cars, and because of its modular chassis design, future cars based on it would be able to accommodate gasoline, diesel or electric power. [6], General Motors production target for 2012 was to manufacture 10,000 Amperas for sale in Europe, 6,000 destined for Opel and 4,000 for Vauxhall in the UK, plus an additional 2,000 Volts were to be made available for the region. Considering these assumptions, Consumer Reports said, "At this point we believe it’s still unclear how the Volt will fare. [219] Ampera sales fell 40% in 2013 to 3,184 cars,[220] and within the plug-in hybrid segment, the Ampera was surpassed in 2013 by the Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV (8,197), Volvo V60 plug-in (7,437), and the Prius plug-in (4,314). However, in November 2011 GM's sales chief announced that they would not meet its sales goal of 10,000 vehicles in 2011. [109] Manufacturing of the 2017 MY Volt began in February 2016, and the first units arrived at dealerships at the end of February 2016. Demonstration vehicles allocated to dealerships are not included in retail sales reports while they are used for test drives. The Ampera has a distinctive front and rear fascia, with a large cut-out in the rear bumper. Likes: Quick and quiet plug-in hybrid system, more powerful built-in charger cuts charging time in half, one of the best-driving hybrids on the market. General Motors announced that it would not build the second generation Volt in right-hand-drive configuration, so the Volt was discontinued in Australia when the remaining stock sold out. Thereafter, the applicable tax credit reduces gradually until it is completely phased out beginning on January 1, 2020. [191] In July 2016, Volt sales in the American market passed the 100,000 unit milestone. [21][98], The 2013 model year Volt increased its EPA's rated all-electric range to 38 miles (61 km). That goal became the Chevy Volt extended-range EV. [220] In July 2014, Opel announced that due to the slowdown in sales, they would discontinue the Ampera after the second generation Volt launch—and that between 2014 and 2018, they plan to introduce a successor electric vehicle in Europe. [6][85], Despite containing near identical energy (+/- 0.5 kWh), the Volt's battery pack is over 70% lighter than the EV1's original 1,310 lb (590 kg), 16.5 kWh AC Delco lead-acid battery pack, mainly because the Volt uses higher specific energy Li-ion batteries. The base Volt LT is already comprehensively equipped and comes with this car's most important standard feature: 53 miles of guilt-free driving on electricity alone. "[72][84], For the 2011/2012 model years, the battery pack stores 16 kWh of energy but it is controlled or buffered via the energy management system to use only 10.3 kWh of this capacity to maximize the life of the pack. After the fire, both Chevrolet and the NHTSA independently replicated the crash test and a subsequent vehicle rotation procedure to test for any fluid leakage, but in their first attempt they could not reproduce the conditions under which the battery pack ignited. [6], The 2011 Volt's lithium-ion battery (Li-ion) battery pack weighs 435 lb (197 kg) and "consists of 288 individual cells arranged into nine modules. I think we have an advantage over our competition in how we integrate and how we are able to launch a vehicle that is 100% ready.”. [347], On January 20, 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed the Volt's safety defect investigation related to post-crash fire risk.