Whilst the Vauxhall or Opel Amerpa did not take off in Europe, the Chevrolet Volt did in a very big way over in America. The plug-in hybrid family car offered all of the benefits of an electric car whilst possessing a reassuring combustion engine to extend the range. With a claimed 80% of owners time spent in electric mode, there is clearly a market for this car in the US. At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show Chevrolet are introducing that cars successor of which it claims is “better in every way.” Here is the 2015 Chevrolet Volt.
The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Volt is powered by two electric motors and a 1.5 litre petrol engine. Its combustion unit is accountable for 74BHP whilst the motors produce 44BHP for a total output of 118BHP. Onboard batteries store electrical power and are 10kg lighter than the previous set and operate 12% more efficiently. 0-62MPH takes 8.4 seconds and its top speed is 98MPH, whilst it is claimed that the Volt can return 102MPG. Charging from a fast charger takes 4.5 hours or 13 hours from a 12amp socket.
Vauxhall and Opel will not be releasing a new Ampera based on this 2015 Chevrolet Volt. GM withdrew Chevrolet from western Europe and so if you want one you will likely have to go stateside.