Meet Sam – Sam is the owner of a 2014 Chevrolet Volt.
According to Sam it’s the best car that he has ever owned and he’s willing to tell anyone that will listen. This included the team that helped design the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Sam was part of a group of Volt owners that were instrumental in developing the next generation EV.
Shortly after Chevrolet launched the first-generation Volt, Chevy met once a month through internet panels and social media chats with a customer advisory board from across the country to understand how consumers were using their Volts. These talks included what features the owners liked and what features needed improvement.
This feedback lead Chevrolet to the direction they decided to take the 2016 Volt. The first improvement that they decided to tackle was an improved EV range. The next generation Chevrolet Volt will feature a GM-estimated 50 miles of range and a total driving range of 400 miles between fill ups. With regular charging owners will be able to travel more than 1,000 miles between fill ups, giving an estimated 41 MPG and 102 MPGe.
The panel also asked for a more intuitive vehicle interface and Chevrolet delivered. The next generation will feature fewer icons, separate climate control knobs and a button clean up that will provide clear and convenient operation.
Here is a complete list of the features that were influenced by the Chevrolet Volt customer panel:
- Quieter engine at lower speeds
- LED headlamps
- Reduced air dam scraping when entering or exiting driveways
- Heated steering wheel
- Regen on Demand – A feature which gives drivers more control over regenerative braking, which reclaims energy while the Volt is slowing down
- Customization of vehicle information depending on driver’s preference
- Location-based charging selection
- More discrete charging notifications
- Charge door open reminder
- Illuminated charge port
- Available spare tire
Let’s not forget that these are all improvements that are being made to the vehicle that already has some of the highest customer loyalty and quality scores in the auto industry! In the four years that the Chevrolet Volt has been on the market it has earned more accolades and best buy awards than any other EV. These awards include the 2015 Kelly Blue Book Best Buy Award and the IIHS’ Top Safety Award. Check out our inventory of Volts here: http://www.sweeneychevrolet.com/search/new-volt/tp-md1037/