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Next-gen Chevy Volt to offer improved charging functionality

As announced last month, the second-generation Volt will bring an all-new version of the Voltec extended-range electric drivetrain, with less weight, improved performance and a reduction in rare earth materials in its manufacture.

Set to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January, the new Volt will also bring GPS location-based charging 
that will enable drivers to set their charging preferences exclusively for their “home” charging location.

The move means that drivers will be able to pre-set their charging level (8 amps or 12 amps on 120V only) and whether they wish to charge immediately, set a departure time for each day of the week, or set a departure time and a utility rate schedule to charge only at off-peak rates.

The new model will also provide drivers with confirmation that their Volt is charging and gauge charge status. The system even indicate if the charge port door was left open after unplugging but before entering the vehicle.

An updated charge status indicator light on the on the top of the instrument panel will show the approximate charge level through a series of flashes. In addition, an available illuminated charge port makes it easier to plug in after dark as well as indicate approximate charge level through a series of flashes.

Finaly the second-generation model gains a new 120V portable cord set including a cord nearly 25 feet long. In a new departure, this can be locked using a small padlock to provide added security during charging. And a new storage bin for the cord has now been added on the left side of the Volt’s rear cargo area, above the load floor, bringing improved accessibility compared to the current compartment under the boot floor.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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