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.