GM CEO wants a better electric-only range for the next-generation Chevy Volt

Article by Christian A., on August 21, 2013

The biggest problem of the current electric or hybrid vehicles is the limited range and it appears that General Motors’ CEO Dan Akerson knows this very well. As a result, he wants the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid to deliver a better range when it will hit the dealerships.

The first-generation Chevrolet Volt was introduced back in 2010 and it can travel an estimated 38 miles or 80 km using just the energy stored in its lithium-ion batteries. C

EO Dan Akerson aims to improve the electric range of the Volt by at least 20 percent. "We hope to extend that significantly," Akerson said during an interview on Bloomberg Radio. So, General Motors CEO hopes to increase the range to 50, 60 miles or even more. Still, the bad news is that this will take another three or four years. Until then, Tesla remains the king with an electric range of up to 265 miles or 426 km.

The Chevrolet Volt has a sleek, aggressive, and performance-oriented stance that expresses its electrically driven capabilities. It also has the appearance of a high-end, mid-size sport sedan. This is thanks to the Volt’s wide front track (1,556 mm), wide rear track (1,578 mm), 2685-mm wheelbase, sculpted belt line, wheels-out stance, and premium execution.

Chevrolet’s engineering and design teams worked closely together with aerodynamicists in GM's wind tunnel, shaping the new Volt and developing the brand’s most aerodynamic vehicle yet. Chevrolet Volt aerodynamicists reduced the energy required to overcome air resistance, and this contributed to an estimated 8 miles of electric range, as well as an extended range of 50 miles.

Moreover, the Volt features rounded flush front fascia, grille, and tapered corners, all of which allow air to smoothly move around the car so as to reduce drag. Meanwhile, in the car’s rear, sharp edges as well as a carefully designed spoiler help control air flow. Additionally, the aggressive rake on the car’s windshield and the back glass also contribute to less turbulence and drag.

Even the car’s underhood compartment boasts elements that are held to high standards of appearance, with their looks blending harmoniously with the car’s other components. This is achieved by using similarly grained colors and surfaces.

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