On Jan. 12 (local time), Chevrolet unveiled the second-generation of its electric vehicle, the Volt, for the first time at the 2015 North America International Auto Show, which is held in Detroit’s Cobo Center.
The new Volt features a lithium-ion battery, a drive unit, and its unique “range extender” Voltec propulsion system, securing a total driving range of 80 kilometers in all-electric mode and more than 640 kilometers with a single charge.
Since two motors can be used both in all-electric mode and regular driving, the new Volt delivers a 19 percent improvement in electric acceleration compared to its first-generation model, hitting 49km/h in 2.6 seconds and 97km/h in 8.4 seconds.
In particular, developed in conjunction with LG Chemical, the battery cells of 18.4 kWh were used in the new model, which increases power capacity. With the company reducing the number of cells to 192 from 288, the new battery is 9.8 kilograms lighter.
GM North America President Alan Batey said, “The second generation Volt will offer excellent EV driving experience for its consumers. We’ve developed the best plug-in electric vehicle in the industry using data from existing consumers.”
Meanwhile, GM displays new models of its major brand and concept cars including the Cadillac high performance model CTS-V and Buick Avenir at the auto show.