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Customer Input Improves Next-gen Chevy Volt

Posted March 22, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The Detroit Auto Show saw General Motors reveal details regarding the Chevy Volt for 2016. Improved chemistry from LG Chem cuts battery weight about 30 lbs (14 kg), even while producing 18.4 kW hr of energy - up from 17.1 kW hr. In addition, the electric-only range jumps from 38 to 50 mi (61 to 81 km). The redesign was also paced by input from customers of the first generation plug-in vehicle. New features include a lighted charge port with improved charge status indication, added rear leg room, and a middle back seat rather than arm rest.


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Re: Customer Input Improves Next-gen Chevy Volt

03/23/2015 10:16 AM

It all started with Henry Ford - You can have any color car, as long as it is black. All Model T's had the same engine, perhaps, too, the Model A's.

I do not recall the first major in the USA to do so, but at some point a manufacture gave the consumer the option of more than one engine for a particular model.

So far, no one has figured this out for PHEV or EV - the option for additional battery capacity for added range, even if the gross efficiency (equiv. MPG) drops. 50 miles of EV range is peanuts for the price of the car. Marginal increases in capacity are just that - marginal.

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