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2014 Chevrolet Volt Orders Start In May, Two New Colors Offered

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2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012

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Seems like just yesterday that we wrote about the very first Chevrolet Volt delivery--in December 2010, actually.

Now the range-extended electric car is about to enter its fourth model year.

So far, we don't know a lot about changes to the 2014 Volt beyond the addition of two new colors: Brownstone Metallic and Ashen Grey Metallic.

The new 2014 Volt colors were announced on April 1 on the ChevroletVoltAge site.

The post was originally an April Fool's joke, showing a nonexistent new Volt color--salmon pink metallic--that was later updated to announce the actual new colors.

We might point out that if the 2013 Chevrolet Spark we tested last summer is any indicator, salmon pink metallic might not be such a stretch for Chevy.

Our Spark was painted in a color Chevrolet deems "Techno Pink," but that most observers called just "pink" or "purple."

In any case, if rumors out of Detroit are correct, the Volt will continue largely unchanged through the 2015 model year.

But an all-new Volt--very possibly on its own dedicated platform, according to GM North America Mark Reuss--may arrive sometime during 2015 as a 2016 model.

Among rumored changes is the possibility that it might switch from its current 1.4-liter four-cylinder range-extending engine to a new, smaller 1.2-liter three-cylinder that GM is currently developing.

Meanwhile, the 2014 (and perhaps 2015) Volt is likely to be largely a carryover vehicle, with only modest changes.

That's essentially what the 2013 Volt was last year, although its EPA-rated range increased from 35 to 38 miles.

Chevrolet dealers will start taking orders for 2014 Volts in late May.

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  1. Since the Volt has 30+ mile range all it really needs is a 15kw generator for unlimited range.

    Hopefully when they build the replacement they will cut some weight, about 1,000lbs off is needed and switching to a 60lb 25hp generator is a good start. It would need 30% less battery too at the lighter weight for the same range.

    What I'd like to see is a production GM UltraLite but done in medium tech composite instead of too costly, hyped CF.
     
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  2. I do agree that Volt could use some weight loss. But to be fair that GM went extra conservative with the battery. It only uses ~10.5-10.8KWh of the 16KWh battery. If it was a pure BEV, it could have done 50-60 miles. But instead it choose battery life and protection over EV ranges. Also, the ICE is designed for "long range travels" where the Volt can meet the requirement of just about any mountain pass in North America.

    Perhaps GM should have offered a Volt-lite and Volt-BEV that is more a "city-car".

    Well, I am sure GM can move to that platform if BMW's i3 with REx is successful.


    I think Chevy can easily build plugin version of the Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain with the Voltec powertrain. It should be a hot seller.
     
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  3. I get 50 miles on the battery with regeneration (47+3), plug-in once anight, and use EV 85% of the time. 116.8 mpg combined, 208 lifetime gas only. One refill 7.3 gal/1600 miles.
    Longest trip 240 miles. Combined average and lifetime gas mpg increasing due to 0.00 KWh rate (TXU 10p-6a).
    REAL numbers from a Chevy Volt owner.
     
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  4. After an overnight charge, my Volt EV range is usually 45 miles. The best I've gotten so far is 49 EV miles.
     
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  5. Wow five years without anything more than a couple of new color choices doesn't sound like a recipe for continued success. Hopefully they 1) bring some of the new features down from the ELR 2) introduce a lower priced option 3) bring some revised styling. I guess the long term success of the revised Leaf should be a good indicator.
     
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