Next-gen Chevrolet Volt to feature Cadillac ELR’s Regen on Demand system

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 22, 2014

The second-generation of the Chevrolet Volt will feature Regen on Demand, the driver-controlled battery regeneration system found in the Cadillac ELR. This feature allows the driver to employ paddle shifters to decelerate while going downhill or nearing a sharp turn, with the car's momentum converted into electricity for storage in the battery pack.

The capability of the system was demonstrated at General Motors’ proving grounds in Milford, Michigan by no other than GM product development chief Mark Reuss and Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah.

The Volt features two paddles on the back of the steering wheel, which a driver could use to adjust the amount of energy captured by the braking system.

The kinetic energy is then transformed into electricity and stored to the Volt's lithium ion battery pack.

According to Farah, the positioning of the paddle on the steering wheel provides an opportunity for the “people who like to finesse their eco-driving a little bit” to control Regen on Demand directly. In the video, Reuss is using the system with his fingers.

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