Chevy Adds On To the Volt's Range
It looks like Chevy is treating Volt drivers to more convenience than ever for the 2013 model year. That's right; parent company GM indicates the updated model will deliver better than the impressive 35-mile pure electric driving range promised by the 2012 Volt. It will offer a 38-mile electric-only range (per full charge).
What's more is the fact new 2013 Chevy Volt buyers will also benefit from improved fuel economy. Up five MPGe from the current model year, the revamped 2013 model promises 98 MPGe? MPGe, for those not familiar with the acronym, stands for miles per gallon electric.
Exactly how did Chevy achieve such desirable results?
Well, according to Bill Wallace, Director Global Battery Systems Engineering, GM, the automaker simply changed the recipe.
"The Best way to explain what we've done at the cell level is to compare it to a cake batter," he explains. "?Sometimes if you use more sugar and less vanilla you get a better tasting cake. We've done some work at the cell level to modify the 'ingredients' to make a better result."1
What else can you expect from the forthcoming 2013 Chevy Volt?
An all-new feature called "hold mode". Designed to give owners even greater control, it essentially provides the option of employing the small gasoline tank for power before using (or fully draining) the battery pack. Already available in Volt EV's sold in European markets, it will be available for the first time on U.S.-destined Volts starting in the 2013 model year.
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