With a new propulsion system, the 2019 Chevy Volt will slice charging times nearly in half, being better suited for “opportunity charging,” or plugging in while around town to top off the battery.
“With about twice the range added during 240V Level 2 charging sessions, the 2019 Volt’s 7.2 kW system makes opportunity charging more worthwhile,” explained Jesse Ortega, Chief Engineer, Chevrolet Electric Vehicles. “It effectively extends the vehicle’s all-electric driving range, while providing about twice the range for the money when plugging in at public facilities that charge by the hour.”
Charging & Capacities
With the new 7.2 kW system, a 240-volt outlet, and supporting hardware, a total recharge happens in just over two hours. The new system is standard on Premier trims but available for the LT. A 3.6 kW charger is standard on the Volt LT.
Chevy says the new electric propulsion system, combined with a full tank of gas and a full charge, offers an EPA-estimated 53 miles of pure EV range and 106 MPGe. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered generator activates to extend the driving range to a total of 420 miles on a full tank.
The 2019 Volt also utilizes an automatic, engine-assisted heating system for temperatures below zero to increase all-electric range. New Low and Regen on Demand profiles boost regenerative braking capability, according to Chevrolet.
Technology & Features
The Infotainment 3 system includes an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen with a new Energy App. The app’s “Impacts Screen” shows how driving style, route, weather, and cabin settings affect range and conveys said impacts in terms of mileage.
A new Power Convenience Package, an extension of the Comfort Package, is available for the LT, adding a six-way power driver’s seat. The wireless charging pad is relocated ahead of the shifter, while a new digital rearview camera replaces the previous analog system. Safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control and a pedestrian alert system.
“The 2019 Volt’s enhancements give customers more of what they love with the vehicle and make it even more useful as an everyday electric vehicle,” Ortega said. “It’s a more seamless experience than ever.”
Pricing & Availability
Chevrolet did not disclose pricing but says the 2019 Volt should arrive this fall. New color themes include a Pacific Blue Metallic for the exterior, and a Jet Black/Porcelain Blue for the Premier’s interior. An available, dealer-installed blackout package includes sport pedals, black front/rear bowtie emblems, and 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets.
To date, Volt owners have driven more than 2.8 billion EV miles, saving more than 108 million gallons of gas.
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