Chevrolet now has two generations of the Chevy Volt under its belt to tout the vehicle’s success in the hybrid marketplace. This latest version of the gasoline/electric Chevy hybrid has been completely redesigned. Not only does the car have a sleeker, more modern profile, but the shape of the new Chevy Volt plays a key role in the car’s efficiency through aerodynamic advantages. On the electric side of things, Chevy used a brand new battery system which can store more power in fewer battery cells. In addition to other materials changes for the car, the new lithium-ion batteries have helped make the second-generation Volt a few hundred pounds lighter. Between the twin electric motors and the gasoline-powered engine, the Chevy Volt will produce the equivalent of nearly 150 horsepower. That number may lack the stick shock of performance figures from other models on the Chevy roster, however, buyers will be very impressed with the willingness of the new Volt to take off from a dead stop. Depending on an owner’s driving habits, the new Chevy Volt can has an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated range of more than 50 miles using only stored electricity. Furthermore, owners can go nearly 1,000 miles between gas fill-ups if they regularly keep the batteries of the Volt charged.
The best way to get the longest possible range from the new second-generation Chevy Volt is to keep the lithium ion batteries charged. Some of the Chevy hybrid’s competitors require special equipment to be installed to recharge the batteries. The Chevy Volt is outfitted to get its juice from a standard 120-volt household electrical outlet. Owners can speed up the time it takes to recharge the vehicle at home if they have a 240-volt outlet installed.
Despite the futuristic exterior and next-generation battery technology, the new Chevy Volt has a very contemporary interior that is built for the comfort of drivers and passengers. Those behind the wheel will have a large LCD screen for the center gauge cluster giving them constant updates about the car’s battery state, speed and other important information. On top of the center stack is a large touch screen housing the Chevy MyLink system which controls audio and navigation features.
Like most of the other vehicles on the Chevy roster, the new Chevy Volt can be connected to today’s most popular smartphones running compatible versions of iOS and Android. When paired to the Chevy MyLink infotainment system, the touchscreen in the car becomes an extension of the smartphone. Applications from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be controlled and manipulated without touching the phone and potentially being in violation of local laws. A pair of USB ports are also available.