If there’s one thing Chevrolet Volt owners love about their cars, it’s being able to recharge the battery easily.
Evidence of that is a U.S. Department of Energy study that shows more than 80 per cent of all trips by Volt owners did not use the range extender.
Chevrolet has made the charging system in the next-generation Volt even easier for customers to recharge the battery – and to check the charge status. The next-generation Volt debuts in January at the North American International Auto Show.
Owners will now be able to set their charging preferences exclusively for their “home” charging location and the vehicle will automatically adjust to that setting when it is at that location. The car will recognize when it arrives “home” based on GPS data.
The next-generation Volt makes it easier for owners to confirm their Volt is charging and gauge charge status.
The new status system features a specially designed tone that indicates when charging has begun, with additional tones for delayed charging. It will even indicate if the charge port door was left open after unplugging but before entering the vehicle.
With a glance through the windshield, an updated charge status indicator light on the on the top of the instrument panel will show the approximate charge level through a series of flashes.
In addition, an available illuminated charge port makes it easier to plug in after dark as well as indicate approximate charge level through a series of flashes.
A new 120V portable cord set includes a cord nearly 25 feet long, longer than the current 120V portable cord.
It can be locked using a small padlock to deter unauthorized removal during charging. Based directly on customer feedback, a new storage bin for the cord is now located on the left side of the Volt’s rear cargo area, above the load floor, for improved accessibility.