General Motors is hoping that it can change that with some fairly serious electric charging overhauls that should allow it to charge in half the time it took before. It was the first electrified vehicle I ever drove, way back in 2012, and despite a relatively short pure-electric range, the range-extender gas engine made it seem so practical at a time when EV chargers were a rarity.
The 7.2kW charger is aimed at owners who like "opportunity charging" - plugging in for a quick top-up when the chance arises - and drops full recharge time to 2.3 hours when hooked up to the right kind of socket.
Updated pedestrian alert system that now uses front and rear speakers to provide audible alerts. With the new 7.2 kW system, the 2019 Volt can be completely recharged in as little as 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet.
The advantage for Volt drivers will come when they have the opportunity to recharge in public during the day.
The company has changed its automatic engine-assisted heating system, enabling drivers to use battery power alone in temperatures as low as 13 degrees F.
Wireless charging pad for compatible phones is relocated ahead of the shifter for easier use (available with navigation radio).
In addition to the new charging system, the 2019 Volt offers a number of enhancements created to improve convenience and help owners get more out of their all-electric driving experience.
New profiles for the regenerative braking system allow drivers to lean on the system more, and have tried to make operation feel smoother around town. For those interested in the new Volt, it goes on sale this fall, though pricing has not yet been announced.
Inside a new infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen features a new Energy App, a power driver's seat is available, and the tire fill alert system automatically sounds the horn when full tire pressure is achieved.