Chevrolet has been dribbling out details of the next-generation Volt ahead of its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Last week the company released the details of some new charging features.
“Chevrolet used the real-world experiences of today’s Volt owners to make the charging process simpler and more convenient in the next-generation Volt,” said Andrew Farah, Chief Engineer for the Volt. “The new Volt will give owners greater flexibility for charging it on their terms.”
New features include:
- GPS location-based charging – Owners will be able to set charging preferences exclusively for their home charging location. The car uses GPS data to recognize when it is at home, and automatically adjusts to the home settings.
- New charge status indicators – The new Volt sounds a tone when charging begins, and a different one if the charge port door is left open. An indicator light that can be seen through the windshield will show the approximate charge level with a series of flashes. An optional illuminated charge port makes it easier to plug in after dark.
- Portable cord set enhancements – The new 120 V cord is nearly 25 feet long, and can be locked using a small padlock to deter unauthorized removal during charging. A new storage bin for the cord is located on the side of the rear cargo area, so you can access the cord without removing cargo.