2016 Chevrolet Volt Raises Peak Charge Power

2016 Chevrolet Volt Raises Peak Charge Power

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is expected to get a boost to its peak charge power.

According to a recent report, the 2016 Volt will see its peak plug-in charge power jump from 3.3 kW to 3.6 kW marking a nine percent increase. The change won’t yield a noticeable difference for owners charging with a “Level 1” trickle charger because they wouldn’t even reach into the current car’s 3.3 kW capacity, but it will make a significant difference for anyone using a “Level 2” charger that operates at between 208 and 240 volts.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will make its official debut at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, so expect to hear plenty of details in the coming months as the American automaker will surely want to get the buzz going for its next-generation PHEV.

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[Source: Motor Trend]

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  • Ziv Bnd

    Big whoop. So the new Volt will get 11.5-12.5 miles of additional range per hour of charging vs. my 2013 Volt getting 10-11 miles of additional range. That is going to impress car buyers.

    I love my Volt and the engineers at GM can do amazing things, but the bean counters keep putting stupid policies before building the best car that they can build. I understand that cost is important, but a $600 option would give the Volt 6.6 kW charge capability. GM would make a small profit and the Volt buyers that want to opportunity charge more effectively would be able to get 20-23 miles per hour of charging. Using a pay charger with my Volt is like getting charged three times the going rate because the chargers charge a dollar an hour and I only get 10 miles for that dollar. Usually I get 32-36 miles per dollar of electricity since my area charges around 10 cents a kWh. Plus, I frequently end up using the gas genset for the last 5 to 10 miles of the day, and if I could get more miles while opportunity charging over my lunch break, the gen set would stay off.

    Make it an option, GM!