The Volt underwent a lengthy development process. We first saw it in the flesh in 2008 at a time when GM was heavily playing up the fact that the car was an EV, not a hybrid (in fact, there are some circumstances when the gasoline engine can send drive to the wheels). It would be another two years before the car went on sale and another year after that until Ars got some time behind the wheel. If the first Volt was revolutionary, the second-generation car is a more evolutionary design. We got our first look at the car at this year’s New York auto show, where Automotive Editor Jonathan Gitlin came away impressed. The new car has a significantly increased range—over 400 miles (644km) compared to 300 (483km) on the older model—with up to 53 miles (86km) on battery power alone. The electric motor is 100lbs (45kg) lighter than before and 12 percent more efficient. Further ReadingHigh Voltage or brownout? Ars checks out the Chevy VoltThe battery has also been heavily reworked. It’s an 18.4kWh battery developed by Chevrolet and LG Chem and is 21lbs (10kg) lighter and has many fewer cells (192 vs. 288) than the old 16kWh battery. As before,… Read full this story
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