Customers want next-generation Chevy Volt to run longer and be cheaper

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 26, 2014

Chevrolet Volt customers know what they want for the next generation of the gasoline-electric vehicle. While Larry Nitz, General Motors’ executive director of hybrid and electric powertrain engineering, wouldn't disclose how the next generation of the Volt -- due 2016 -- will evolve, customers already have a wish list of features they want to be in the new car.

Customers wanted the next Volt to have a fifth seat, a longer electric driving range and a lower price. A recent quiz of 300 Volt customers California – regarding the car's real-world performance -- showed that 63 percent of all driving is done in electric mode, while 15 percent of drivers are exceeding the Volt’s rated 40-mile electric range.

The study also showed that Volt owners who charge regularly could travel around 970 miles between fill-ups and visit gas stations only once a month.

GM will soon roll out a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine for its small cars, but the carmaker would not disclose if it would replace the current 1.4-liter four-cylinder powerplant installed on the Volt.

GM is currently finding ways to improve the performance of the batteries that power the Volt. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt carries a starting price of $34,995, including shipping but before tax and other incentives.

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