First hitting the streets in the last month of 2010, the Chevy Volt has had a long, hard slog as a new car on the market. Having been lambasted and unfairly linked to Obama by GM-hating conservatives, the Volt has also suffered from questions about battery safety and as well as a high price that makes it too expensive for most Americans.
But the game goes on, and GM is rolling out a few changes, some minor, some major, for the 2013 model of the Chevy Volt. Of most interest to U.S. buyers is that the Volt will finally get the EV-holding mode found on its cousin, the Opel Ampera. Other changes include a body-color roof and decklid (up to now all Volts made due with a black roof and decklid) as well as the addition of a lane departure warning system, forward collision alert, and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.
Yet the real big news is the EV-holding mode, which forces the Volt into using its gas generator. This allows drivers to save the battery life of the Volt for city driving, perhaps at the end of a long highway commute. Reserving the battery will allow Volt drivers to get more bang for their buck, as the Volt’s EV mode gets the most range in low-speed city driving.
Apparently though GM is planning even bigger updates to the Volt for 2014. Could the Volt finally be getting a cheaper cousin? Maybe more battery range? What options would you like to see on the next Volt?
Source: GM Inside News