Chevy Volt Owners Want More Room, Range


The next-generation of the Chevy Volt is due in 2016, and owners are letting GM know that they want more room, more range, and a lower price. If GM can manage that, Volt sales might break out of the plateau that has seen it eclipsed by the Nissan Leaf.

Automotive News reports that the lack of seating is one of the main issues owners have with the Volt. The seating gripes relate to the Volt’s 2+2 setup and L-shaped battery, which means the typical American family can’t all fit into the Volt all at once. Meanwhile, 35 miles of driving range is good enough for 63% of driving to be in electric mode on average, but Volt owners are looking for more range, probably in the area of 50 miles, which would bring the Volt a lot closer in range to cars like the Nissan Leaf.

Finally, there is of course the price. GM has already slashed $5,000 off of the Volt’s MSRP, but the General has said that it would like to cut the price by an additional $5,000 before the next generation debuts. Newer, better battery tech should help along those lines, as well as possibly offering two different battery sizes and fewer luxury options. The Nissan Leaf S is a fairly bare bones EV, but it has helped Nissan almost double sales of the Leaf in America.

If I could make one other suggestion, how about a sportier exterior? The 2007 Volt Concept pictured at the top of this page looks nothing like the Volt GM eventually built, but I think something a little edgier and cooler looking could only help sales.

Should GM managed to improve these three factors with the next Volt, customers should flock to Chevy dealers.


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  • AaronD12

    If they get 50 miles range in the Volt, why even get a PHEV? Just get a BEV. The Volt owners that brag about driving 99% of their miles powered by electricity have the wrong car. They’re carrying around an ICE for no reason.

    • David A

      No, available ICE when needed is a GOOD thing. My Volt daily driving is 100% electric. However, I have family an hour drive away and on rare occasions my out of the office meetings are close together, not enough time to charge between them.

      I actually put down a deposit for a Tesla but withdrew, not enough range. Close but still to close enough for comfort. So sad, really want one.

      Consider all the options before you judge. 😉

    • mk1313

      Agree, but living in NE Ontario until an EV has a towable generator option for the long trips ain’t going to happen.

    • ev

      Do you drive the same distance every day? That sounds very boring. Not everyone drives the same number of miles every day of the week, every week of the year.

      If you have a 45 mile round trip commute on weekdays, and make a 150-250 mile road trip to the coast or the mountains once or twice a month you might be interested in the Volt having a 50 mile range. Most likely you wouldn’t want to rent a car 1-2 times a month for your skiing, hiking or surfing adventures, but you would need to with a BEV or buy/maintain an additional ICE car. The additional AER lets you go 100% EV instead of being 85-90%. Plus there would be less mileage in extended range mode on the weekend trips.

      This isn’t all that of an unusual driving pattern. It works very well for the Volt now, but would work even better with more AER.

      I’m not sure where your comment about the Volt owners that brag about 99% range relates to this article or the other comments. While the Volt has very high owner satisfaction typically drivers are closer to the 75-90% EV range than 99%. It sounds like you just have something against the Volt.