When it comes to electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), a lot of consumers are wary to commit to a vehicle that needs to be recharged instead of fueled up. It can be a bit jarring at first, since gas stations can be found about every other mile on main roads, but charging stations are few-and-far in between. Charging stations are becoming more practical however, especially in South Florida, and to help curb some of the reservations consumers may have with how long it may take to recharge an EV or PHEV, Chevrolet is coming out with a new 7.2 kW charging system for the 2019 Chevrolet Volt for faster recharging times.
Let’s just go ahead and call this a win, yeah? The new 7.2 kW charging system on the 2019 Chevrolet Volt cuts recharging times in half, meaning consumers can get twice the all-electric driving range per hour of charge. What once took about five hours will now only take 2.3 hours to fully recharge the 2019 Chevy Volt (with a 240-volt outlet and supporting hardware). For those who like to spoil themselves a bit, the new charging system will come standard on the 2019 Chevy Volt Premier, and available on the LT trim. The Volt LT will come standard with a 3.6 kW charger instead, so consumers can expect roughly the usual 4.5 recharging time with half the power on the LT trim.
“With about twice the range added during 240V Level 2 charging sessions, the 2019 Volt’s 7.2 kW system makes opportunity charging more worthwhile…It effectively extends the vehicle’s all-electric driving range, while providing about twice the range for the money when plugging in at public facilities that charge by the hour.” - said Jesse Ortega, chief engineer, Chevrolet Electric Vehicles.
Being a plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt comes with an extended-range electric propulsion system. The new charging system complements this, able to offer an EPA-estimated 53 miles of pure EV range and 106 MPGe with a full charge, and a total range of 420 miles with a full charge and full tank of gas. This is nothing new, with the same estimates for the 2018 Volt.
The new charging system isn’t the only addition to the new 2019 Chevrolet Volt, though - why would it? Building for consumers in all climates, for those in cold climates and want to use less gas, the 2019 Volt allows for activation of the automatic engine-assisted heating system to be deferred until much lower temperatures for all-electric operation. The new Volt also features new Low and Regen-on Demand modes that consumers can switch between to increase or decrease the plug-in hybrids regenerative braking capability. On the up swing, this feature helps the vehicle achieve its class-leading EV range.
Consumers can also expect a new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, currently named Chevrolet Infotainment 3, available on an 8-inch color touchscreen that comes with a new Energy app that will display how driving style, route, weather conditions, and cabin comfort setting may affect the overall range of the 2019 Volt. A new digital rearview camera has been added, along with adaptive cruise control, and new tire pressure alerts have been implemented for better safety measures.
For comfort and convenience in the cabin, the 2019 Chevrolet Volt comes with a six-way power driver’s seat and a new location for the wireless charging pad. In terms of style, decorative seating patterns are available on cloth seats, a new Pacific Blue Metallic exterior color is available, the Premier trim can come with a Jet Black/Porcelain Blue interior, and a dealer-installed blackout package is available, complete with sport pedals, black front/rear bowtie emblems, and 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets. A new Power Convenience Package has also been made available on the LT trim.
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