“I said that if they could improve the overall EV range, it would make one of my favorite cars even better,” said Sam Miller-Christiansen about his 2014 Chevrolet Volt. “To my amazement, they’ve done it.”
For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet has made the new Volt even better by taking into account some of its customers’ most popular inputs.
Because the original Volt was such an innovative car, Chevrolet convened and met once a month with a customer advisory board of 12 owners from across the country to determine what customers were thinking after its launch.
Their feedback, as well as the feedback from hundreds of owners from social media, plug-in events, and Internet panels, helped shape the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt.
Though the increased range to 50 EV-only miles and a total of 400 combined miles could have been predicted regardless of user input, some upgrades have been implemented as a direct result of the feedback. For example, the vehicle interface has been redesigned to be easier to use, a fifth seating position has been added for short trips, space is more abundant, and rear heated seats are now available.
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For months now, Chevrolet has been teasing us with hints of the next-generation Volt. Now, the North American International Auto Show is finally here and we get to see the 2016 Volt in Detroit.
With an updated design and powertrain, the new Volt now offers up to 50 miles of electric driving range and a total range of more than 400 miles with the gasoline-powered generator. With regular charging, this should allow many drivers to travel more than 1,000 miles between stops at the gas station.
“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America, in a statement. “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allows us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry.”
Some of the updates for the 2016 Volt include five-passenger seating, a stronger body structure, quieter ride, a new 1.5-liter range-extending engine that runs on regular unleaded fuel, a lighter more efficient two-motor drive unit, and an improved regenerative braking system.
And, to top off all of these fantastic updates, the Volt now has a sleeker, sportier design.
GM has released yet another preview of its next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt, via a short video that features product chief Mark Reuss. In the video, Reuss removes a camouflaged 2016 Volt, revealing the entire car, and takes it for a drive—while explaining its new regenerative braking system.
This new system is activated by a couple of paddles right behind the steering wheel, allowing drivers to change the amount of regenerative braking and giving them the ability to suit the vehicle to their needs.
For more information, you can watch the video yourself, here on YouTube, on Chevrolet’s official channel. The 2016 Volt will be released entirely, with all details shared, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit mid-January.
Hopefully, the innovative 2016 Chevrolet Volt regenerative braking will inspire similar technology in the cars of the future. Until then, feel free to visit us at Bill Walsh Chevrolet, where you’ll find many Chevrolet models to fit your needs.