The hood may say “full speed ahead.” The regenerative braking system says “slow down a bit.” One person’s automotive improvements is another’s identity crisis, all in a day’s work analyzing the new Chevrolet Volt.
The next-generation version of General Motors’ first extended-range plug in will include design touches taken from to the new Chevrolet Corvette, GM’s iconic sports car. Hexagonal taillights and a “taut” hood will be part of the new package, Automotive News says, citing General Motors design chief Ed Wilbur.
But does that mean the Volt is shedding much of its green-car cred? Not at all, if one considers that the Volt will also let the driver adjust the degree of regenerative braking he or she wants from behind the wheel. That means the driver can use steering-wheel paddles to dial up regenerative braking to recapture as much energy as possible and engage in “one-pedal” driving or turn it down to coast easier.
Check out the 55-second video below featuring GM executives Mark Reuss and Andrew Farah trying out the Volt’s new regenerative-braking system that was first used on the Cadillac ELR. GM will have more details for us when it unveils the 2016 Chevy Volt at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next month. The new version is said to have a larger battery, a longer all-electric driving range and more power, but Chevy’s been light on performance details so far.
Next-gen Chevy Volt gets Corvette looks, adjustable regen levels originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.