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Next Chevy Volt will be 2016 model and ride on new chassis

What do we know about the 2016 Chevy Volt? Well, for now, all we can do is try to put the puzzle together without the box. Thankfully, a new batch of pieces has arrived from a new report in Edmunds, which says that the 2016 model year will introduce the second generation of a car that hasn't been dramatically updated since it went on sale in 2010. The new Volt is getting an "evolutionary styling change" and will ride on a new front-drive platform that has been developed by General Motors.

http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/07/2016-chevy-volt-will-ride-on-new-chassis/
 

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I was annoyed that the Autoblog article's link to the original at Edmunds didn't work for my puter,
so here it is

Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt To Debut Next Year - Edmunds
Published: 03/06/2014
by Rick Kranz

Just the Facts:
* The second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric hybrid car will be introduced next year, Edmunds has learned.
* The 2016 Volt will be redesigned and developed on a new front-drive vehicle platform developed by General Motors.
* The redesigned Volt will undergo an evolutionary styling change......
 

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* The second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric hybrid car will be introduced next year, Edmunds has learned.
* The 2016 Volt will be redesigned and developed on a new front-drive vehicle platform developed by General Motors.
* The redesigned Volt will undergo an evolutionary styling change......
1) If range and efficiency are significantly improved, that makes the ELR a bigger white elephant that it already is, if not :facepalm:
2) Completely new platform, what happened to economies of scale/global platforms?
3) Even though its an all new car, it sounds like its going to look like a MCE.

4) The only possible positive that I see, is that maybe this new (dedicated) platform will allow for bigger cars and/or a CUV.
 

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It would best serve GM's financial interests if they did not continue with the limitations of a dedicated platform.

So we have until 2016 before any significant style changes on their halo-tech vehicle? Shame. Especially considering GM began boasting of the Volt years before 2010, including pictures, etc. Just saying that it seems it has been with us far longer than since 2010, and already due for a freshening today, imo.
 

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It would best serve GM's financial interests if they did not continue with the limitations of a dedicated platform.

So we have until 2016 before any significant style changes on their halo-tech vehicle? Shame. Especially considering GM began boasting of the Volt years before 2010, including pictures, etc. Just saying that it seems it has been with us far longer than since 2010, and already due for a freshening today, imo.
The Volt suffers from the same problem as every other electrified vehicle that attempts to look different from the dinosaur juice crowd. Ford are having success by building electrified vehicles that don't make their drivers look like a bunch of green weenies!
 

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2016 would be a great time to either turn the ELR into something desirable or kill it. A higher trim Volt, maybe with different body styles, could easily take the ELR's place.
 

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The Volt was the best selling plug-in vehicle for 2012 and 2013.

What will improve Volt sales is longer EV range while also bringing down the price. The new/revised platform shared with the new Cruze should allow for a few benefits for the Volt.

1. Allow more battery storage under both rear seats instead of the between front and rear seats.

2. Enable seating for 5 instead of 4 of the current model.

3. Increase EV range from 40 to 50 miles, or from 17kWh to about 18kWh.

4. Bring price down to $32k

Already the EPA 38 EV mile Volt is offering more EV miles than any other plug-in hybrid. Ford offers 21 miles and the upcoming VW Golf GTE will offer about 24 miles. Which means for 2015 it's time for Ford to increase the battery pack size from 7.6kWh to at least 8.8kWh or more to compete with VW.

Looking at full BEVs, the upcoming e-Golf offers a 24.2kWh battery pack at about 80 miles EPA, compared with the current Focus Electric at 23kWh and 76 miles EPA. Which means the 2015 Focus Electric should offer a range boost to stay competitive. Understanding that the current model holds back about 20% of the range for longevity, and a software update should be able to expand useable battery range to 80+ miles easily.
 

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SullyND said:
...Was CD4 "New"?
imho CD4 is an EUCD that had AWD and hybrid + v6 capability added
so quite significantly new but not AllNew imho

Dequindre said:
2016 would be a great time to either turn the ELR into something desirable or kill it. A higher trim Volt, maybe with different body styles, could easily take the ELR's place.
Bloggin said:
...What will improve Volt sales is longer EV range while also bringing down the price...
I can easily see the nextgen ELR come down to the $50-$60k range that many/most posters ranted for the 1st gen
((*IF* Lincoln does my $40k base MkEnergi, that drop still may not be enough!!))
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in addition to the expectable battery improvements,
imho Voltec2's main improvement MUST be a completely different generator engine

Bloggin said:
...Already the EPA 38 EV mile Volt is offering more EV miles than any other plug-in hybrid. Ford offers 21 miles and the upcoming VW Golf GTE will offer about 24 miles. Which means for 2015 it's time for Ford to increase the battery pack size from 7.6kWh to at least 8.8kWh or more to compete with VW.

Looking at full BEVs, the upcoming e-Golf offers a 24.2kWh battery pack at about 80 miles EPA, compared with the current Focus Electric at 23kWh and 76 miles EPA. Which means the 2015 Focus Electric should offer a range boost to stay competitive. Understanding that the current model holds back about 20% of the range for longevity, and a software update should be able to expand useable battery range to 80+ miles easily.
imho that's under-estimating battery requirements & improvements

the Tesla 85kWh-opt VS 60kWh-base equates to a 300miles<at 55mph(250 realworld) VS 230miles(190 r.w. assumption) range difference
((FocusElectric = 23kWh = 76mile range
Volt = 16.5kWh = afaik 30-50mile range...all from reading))
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saw a post quoting that Lithium batteries are about $600/kWh now
and should drop to $500/kWh very soon
WHICH is leading me to modify my MKE batteries from:
___MkEnergi_________MkElectric-base______MkElectric-opt
$30+10k=16.6kWh --- $25+22.5k=37.5kWh --- $25+30k=50kWh
to:
$30+10k=20.0kWh --- $25+22.5k=45.0kWh --- $25+30k=60kWh
first $$ is carbody(+engine for Energi), second $$ is batteries



that^ post was a LOT of work...
 

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The Volt suffers from the same problem as every other electrified vehicle that attempts to look different from the dinosaur juice crowd. Ford are having success by building electrified vehicles that don't make their drivers look like a bunch of green weenies!
Not sure this is entirely true. Case in point: Prius
 
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