2015 Chevy Volt Gets Extended Electric Range
There’s an unannounced change heading to the 2015 Chevrolet Volt.
The 2015 Chevrolet Volt’s battery will be a 17.1-kWh unit, which is a slightly larger capacity than the current battery has at 16.5 kWh. The Volt originally launched in December 2010 with a 16.0-kWh battery that gave it a 35-mile all-electric range or 94 MPGe. The 2013 Volt got the 16.5-kWh battery it has now, helping increase the range to 38 miles for a 98-MPGe rating.
“We did make an engineering change to the cells for the 2015 Chevrolet Volt which resulted in an increase in energy capacity to 17.1 kilowatt-hours,” said GM’s manager of Electrification Technology Communications, Kevin Kelly to Hybrid Cars. “This was done as part of our continuing improvement efforts, to make the product better, to respond to the demands of our customers, and what they expect from the product as we go along. So it’s likely that some customers may experience an improvement in range over previous model years.”
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The refreshed 2015 Volt went into production last month with the larger battery but has not been re-certified by the EPA. It is currently not known if the EPA will re-certify the 2015 Volt to reflect the larger battery and its range, but it is likely that new Volt owners will net around 40 miles of all-electric driving.
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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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