2015 Chevrolet Volt – A Car That Show Us Our Future
Since the Chevrolet Volt was introduced in 2010, Chevrolet sold more than 63,000 units of the Volt in USA. That is not a significant number by any means, but the Volt showed that there is a hunger for fuel efficient vehicles in the US. Chevrolet Volt is basically an electric vehicle powered by an electric motor which sources its power from 10 kWh lithium-ion batteries. Actually, Chevrolet Volt increased the battery capacity to 16.5 kWh for 2013 and now it increased the capacity even more to 17.1 kWh for the 2015 Chevrolet Volt. Increasing battery capacity is actually the biggest change Chevrolet made to the 2015 Chevrolet Volt. However, according to the official EPA MPGe values, the fuel efficiency remained the same. This sleek looking front wheel drive hatchback is able to cover 38 miles while traveling solely on electricity and it is able to cover more than 380 miles in total if the small petrol 1.4 liter four cylinder engine is used for recharging of the batteries. That is its biggest advantage in comparison with basically any other electric vehicle out there. Chevrolet integrated a small engine which is used as a generator which feeds the batteries with electricity, while electricity feeds a 150 HP powerful electric motor which powers the car. This way, the petrol engine does not have any interaction with the actual propulsion system of the vehicle. It basically serves as a power generator.
Despite its rather conventional looks, the 2015 Chevrolet Volt hides technology that shows us the road, which probably every other car manufacturer will go over. Looking at it from the practical standpoint, that means that we will drive more complicated cars, but with exceptional aerodynamic characteristics, extremely well sorted safety equipment and with enough power to make us like them. Well, that is absolutely what Chevrolet wanted to do with the Volt. With its overall weight of 3,794 lbs this car is not a featherweight one. The 150 HP electric engine is enough to propel it from a standstill to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds, but the top speed is only 100 mph. Due to limitation of the electric engine and the safety issues involved while traveling faster, the Volt is not a sports car but it can be a nice daily commute vehicle. With its ability to travel 38 miles on electricity, it’s not easy to figure out that there are people who will never use its petrol engine. The Volt is actually a plug-in car which means its batteries can be recharged in 10 to 16 hours using standard household socket (110 volt outlet). Well, do the math – if your daily commute does not exceed more than 38 miles than you might never ever visit a gas station which is, well, great. Using only electricity, Chevrolet reports that the MPGe value of the Volt is 98 MPGe (MPGe basically means the distance a electric vehicle can cover on the same amount of energy as contained in 1 gallon of gasoline).
Despite battery improvements, Chevrolet integrated a whole new OnStar 4G LTE system with a wifi hotspot capability. The car is better equipped in its standard trim level with the equipment such as satellite radio, Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment system, Bluetooth, etc.
Before the new generation comes on to the US markets, the 2015 Chevrolet Volt made a slight step up in comparison with last year’s car model. Hopefully, Chevrolet will be able to sell as many as it can just to justify the development of a whole new car which should hit the markets sometimes in 2016.