The second-generation electric vehicle will debut at the North American International Auto Show in January
When the next generation Chevrolet Volt debuts in Detroit next year, GM’s electric vehicle will be powered by an all new Voltec drivetrain including a larger 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine.
The engine is part of GM’s next generation engine family. It was earlier thought the Volt would receive a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine from the same family.
According to GM, the change to a larger powerplant was made based on the driving habits of current Volt owners.
“Our Volt owners truly love the EV driving experience, with more than 80 percent of all trips being completed without using any gasoline. We’ve used their real-world experiences to define the next generation Chevrolet Volt,” said Alan Batey, head of global Chevrolet.
“By putting our Volt owners at the center of what we do and leveraging our electrification engineering leadership, we’ve been able to raise the bar and will exceed their expectations with the new Volt.”
The 2016 Volt is also expected to contain more domestically produced parts. The current Volt has approximately 45-percent domestic content while the next generation EV is expected to include roughly 70-percent domestic content.
A higher domestic content percentage is due to manufacturing for the engine and other major components moving to the US.