General Motors says its Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle is capable of going 4.8 km further in pure EV mode, boosting its nominal electric-only range from 56.3 km to 62.2 km.
It's a modest increase, but the company says it's significant to Volt customers. People who drive less than 64.4 km/day are said to be the Volt's primary market target.
Other upgrades to the 2013 Volt include a Hold mode that lets drivers direct when the Volt uses its gasoline engine. This new feature enables those who mix city and highway driving to save the battery charge for city travel, where the Volt’s EV mode operates most efficiently.
Other updates for 2013 include a body-color roof and decklid, available lane departure warning system and forward collision alert crash-avoidance technologies, as well as GPS-enabled navigation capabilities to Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.
In addition, there are some new colours and trim, inside and out and more choice in audio systems.
The 2013 Volt’s battery capacity is increased from 16.0 kWh to 16.5 kWh and its usable charge is increased from 10.3 kWh from 10.8 kWh, enabling the increase in EV range.
That additional capacity means it takes longer to charge, however – up to 10.5 hours from 8.0 hours, when plugged into a normal 110-120Vhousehold outlet from. With a 220-240 V charger, the time increases from 4.0 to 4.25 hours.