Chevrolet Volt Gets Quicker Charging For 2019

Darnell Taylor
July 1, 2018

Chevrolet announced the 2019MY Volt, which introduces a new charging system that cuts recharging times in half, as well as a range of enhancements aimed at improving the user experience. So here goes: Despite today's high-tech, energy-dense electric cars, I still have range anxiety.

GM did not indicate if the new system will speed up the roughly 13-hour charging time of a 120-volt portable charge cord that comes standard with the auto. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas-powered generator kicks in to extend the driving range to a total of 420 miles (675 km) on a full tank. Power seats have been added to the range-topping Premier, and are now available on the LT as a option. This charger allows the Volt to recharge its batteries to the full 53-mile range in just 2.3 hours from a 240-volt Level 2 outlet, rather than the 4.5 hours using the old 3.6 kW system.

The enhanced charging system is standard on the Volt Premier trim and available on LT trim for the 2019 model year. Now, though, things are different, and the Volt has kind of languished in the background, playing second fiddle to the all-electric Bolt and vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, not to mention snazzier cars like the Tesla Model 3. He continued to say that it effectively extends the vehicle's all-electric driving range while saving customers money when plugging in at public facilities that charge by the hour.

An optional automatic engine-assisted heating system to be deferred until much lower temperatures - minus 13 degrees F / minus 25 degrees C - for more all-electric operation.

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Data will only be gathered when the Maps app is already in use, so the impact on battery life will be "near zero". This means you can expect more consistent Apple Maps updates outside of year-to-year iOS refreshes.

The 2019 Volt also features new Low and Regen on Demand profiles that enable increased regenerative braking capability when drivers let off the accelerator pedal.

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt gets a bunch of upgrades to help it keep up with newer EVs.

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt goes on sale this fall.

From 2019, the Volt gains a revised Energy App on its infotainment system, created to provide more data about how different driving styles can improve/damage your fuel efficiency.

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