General Motors has announced a major upgrade to its plug-in hybrid flagship. The 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV is getting almost twice the charging capacity of its predecessor. With its new 7.2kW charging system, the 2019 Volt batteries will charge to the full drive range, 53 miles in just 2.3 hours using 240 Volt and supporting hardware. That’s twice faster than the 4.5 hours required using the old 3.6kW charging system.
The vehicle’s all-electric utility features other additional enhancements, some of which is derived from the new charging unit, according to GM’s press release. The vehicle offers 106 MPGe (gas equivalent) and EPA-estimated 53 miles with a full charge and a full tank of gas. A gas-powered generator automatically switches on to extend the driving range when the battery runs low. The 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV still achieves a total of 420 miles.
Enhanced design to improve the driving experience
With Volt owners having saved more than 108 million gallons of gas from more than 2.8 billion EV miles, GM wants more record. The 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV offers those in the colder climates the option to activate the automatic engine-assisted heating system during all-electric operations. The system can be delayed until much lower temperatures (-13 oF or -25 oC). The Chevy Volt 2019 also features new on-demand profiles: Low and Regen which activates augmented regenerative braking feature when drivers release the accelerator pedal. The feature helps in achieving a smoother operation when slowing while also helping the vehicle to attain its class-leading EV range.
The new Chevrolet Volt PHEV features an 8-inch-diagonal touchscreen on the dashboard: Chevrolet’s new Infotainment 3 system with the most recent energy app. With the app, drivers are able to see driving style, weather, navigation and comfort setting which may affect range. Drivers are also able to have more information on their efficiencies using the app.
Other additional changes and updates
- Alert (a horn sound) at full tire pressure
- Analog monitor system replaced by a digital rearview camera
- Revised pedestrian alert system, now with front and rear speakers to provide audible alerts at slow speeds
- Decorative seating patterns available on cloth seats
- New adaptive or conventional cruise control
- Wireless charging pad available with navigation radio for compatible phones
- New Power Convenience Packing System
- Availability of Pacific Blue Metallic exterior
- Power driver’s seat with six-way adjustments. Available on LT models
Chevrolet EV chief engineer Jesse Ortega said the company has enhanced Volt 2019 to provide customers with a useful everyday electric vehicle while also offering more of what they love to have from the vehicle which features seamless experience than ever.
2019 Volt release date and pricing
The 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV pricing is yet to be announced but the vehicle should go on sale this fall. With the previous model starting at $34,095, we are expecting the 2019 Volt pricing to start around that.