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One more driving mode, one less color.

That's the crux of the changes in store for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric vehicle. Changes for the 2013 model year will include a driving mode that lets drivers force the car into gas-powered, extended-range mode in situations where it's most advantageous to switch out of EV-only mode, GM Inside News reports.

Driver can choose the Volt's "EV Hold Mode" in certain cases, such as when the route consists of a bunch of highway driving prior to city driving, according to the publication. Switching over to extended-range mode, in which the gas-powered on-board generator is used, would be best in that situation because high speeds drain a plug-in's battery charge a lot more rapidly than city driving. "EV Hold Mode" is standard on the Volt's European sister vehicle, the Opel Ampera. The closest that U.S. drivers can do with today's Volt is engage "Mountain Mode."

Additionally, the Volt will eschew its black roof and trunk backing and will go to body colors for those parts of the car for 2013. Other improvements include a lane-departure warning system that's becoming commonplace on many U.S. vehicles.

GM released details of the 2013 Volt following the model's most successful sales month since its late-2010 debut. The automaker sold 2,289 Volts in March, a monthly record that is more than three times higher than figures from a year earlier. The Volt missed the 10,000-unit target set by GM for 2011, moving just 7,671 units last year.


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      Naturenut99
      • 2 Years Ago
      I got all excited when I read the headline, until I realized it was the same thing just worded differently. I almost thought they also put in an Eco Mode (Conservation... In title... Brain skipped that battery was immediately prior) An Eco Mode (either in CD or CS Mode) is something I would really like to see. In CD mode it could be good to extend the range but the best reason would be for CS mode, where they have already said the only reason the mpg's are not higher was because they didn't want the higher rpm's in order to keep it quieter. I say let us decide if we are willing to hear a little more noise in order to get better mpg's in CS mode. Since they obviously already know what it takes to get them, all it would take is a button. Not even a additional physical button would be needed. It could easily be added to the on screen dash where you use the knob to scroll thru the menus. Meaning this could be just a software update. Maybe... Hopefully...???
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Naturenut99
        It already has two mixed modes, one performance and one efficiency. Running a given engine at high revs will use more fuel than at low revs. The thing GM was talking about was they could have put in a smaller engine and run higher revs to get better fuel economy. But you can't change engine sizes with a switch, so you can't do that. They could pulse the larger engine on (Aa high revs) and off maybe.
          Naturenut99
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          No they said they were using the same engine just using different rpm's, they went with lower rpm's to keep it quiet. They never changed wich engine they were using from the start. They quickly decided it was quicker and cheaper to use off the shelf and not have to design something else brand new for the 1st gen. Plus, I wouldn't exactly consider Normal mode to be an efficiency mode. It is more of a low performance mode. Yes they can change rpm settings... there are several aftermarket devices that modify performance without changing the engine. It can be done. They were talking about several diffferent options one being a smaller engine anther being different rpm's. Lutz even said it in one the interviews.
      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Years Ago
      In addition to the hold button and lane departure, you might as well list all of the changes: Rearranging option packages (MSRP drop not announced yet, but almost certain. Hopefully $37,495 - tax credit will finally be below $30k ). Safety package 2 includes lane departure along with forward collision detection and front parking assist. Safety package 1 includes auto mirror (used to be standard), rear park assist, rear camera. Nav package deletes the hard drive and DVD capability. New Silver Topaz Metallic color available. Deleted green/black seats and beige/black seats options. New "urban" leather with suede inserts and cloth seat options - no idea what color. Leather seats are now non-perforated (was previously perforated). Bluetooth streaming option for both standard and nav radios (previously not available with nav)
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        I think if they can get a base-model below $30K, that would be a nice psychological boost for the vehicle. I hope they can achieve that. The people that pick up the Volt are gonna have such a good time laughing at other people that bought gas guzzlers when gas prices take another bit jump which they will inevitably do over the next 2 to 5 years.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I don't see how they are going to do that. I like everything about the Volt, but the fundamentals of the design make it tough to take out cost. It retains all the complexity of an ICE and adds on an expensive battery and all the gubbins for an electric drive. Since the average price for an ICE as around $33k, I really can't see the Volt even getting to that price, never mind lower. I would love to be proved wrong though. It's a heck of a lot easier to take cost out of a BEV than a plug in hybrid. I see them as a premium product, and why not, as until very large battery packs are a lot cheaper they combine the best of an electric vehicle and add real range.
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I wonder what kind of announcements on pricing will be made when the summer shutdown of production happens in late June or July. They will be switching to the 2013 MY Volt and I would bet a small amount that the MSRP will come down. Whether it will come down to $37,490 for a net price of $29,990, now THAT is the question. Even if they did do it, most of the magazines would roll the delivery fee in with the MSRP so GM wouldn't get as good a press as they would like.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Fair enough. Still tough to do though until Volt II comes out.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          I mean a base-model below $30K after tax-credit. They are only $2.5K away from that.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          If the Federal rebate becomes a $10k discount, then GM probably can get a stripped-out base model down to $29,995 after rebate. Whether GM needs to do so for volume's sake remains to be seen. If GM can sell 2k, 3k or more monthly without resorting to decontenting the car, they probably won't.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to see pictures of the new car.
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Danny King said "The automaker sold 2,289 Volts in March, a monthly record that is more than three times higher than figures from a year earlier. The Volt missed the 10,000-unit target set by GM for 2011, moving just 7,671 units last year. " 7,671 + 2,289 == 9,960 In other words, almost the entire Volt shortfall for the 10,000 unit 2011 target was made up for in a SINGLE month of sales. So why does Danny King think that the difference between a SINGLE month of sales for a car is such a big deal that he must repeat the same crap in every single post about the Volt? Let me help you Danny. Take a deep breath... Deeper... Deeper... Now let it out sloooowly. Now clear your head and let it go. A first year shortfall that is made up with a single month of sales is not a core and central part of every Volt story, let it go. Now take another deep breath and focus on the actual story at hand, the new 2013 Volt. Here are a couple of more features that you would have better spent our time telling us about: "forward collision alert and MyLink will now be available with Volt’s navigation system. " "Much larger changes are expected for the 2014 Volt. " "The 2013 VOLT will begin production at Hamtramck by June 25th" "Volts will now have three possible emission level options: standard, the e-AT-PZEV specifiation that earns the Volt a coveted "green sticker" for single-occupancy HOV lane access in California, and a new AT-PZEV level." "Heated seats and steering wheel can now be ordered with cloth interior, not just leather" Danny, what are you doing? I didn't say breath out yet.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PR
        It's even simpler than that - as of last month, the Chevy Volt is the #1 selling EV in the US, bar none. With over 12k sold (we're halfway through April), the Chevy Volt has sold more units than its nearest competitor (Nissan Leaf), and there isn't any other plug-in that's even close to those two.
          Jim Illo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          Agreed! As a Volt owner (10,000+ miles, 37.5 gallons of gas, and lovin' every minute driving my Volt), I think that the Plug-in Prius will swamp all plug-in sales when it hits the market. The PIP is really just a 'me-too' plug-in, with inferior range and driving dynamics, but IMHO the Prius brand is so strong that it will swamp Leaf and Volt sales (and of course any other plug-in).
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          "I don't think the PIP has been produced in significant numbers" I agree. We'll see for sure toward end of summer. Tho I do see a lot of PV and some PC, so I think ToMoCo has capacity to meet demand.
          Jim Illo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          "So far, that hasn't happened" SVX - you are correct, but I don't think the PIP has been produced in significant numbers yet. As someone who wants to see an American car, which in many ways is significantly superior to the PIP, succeed, I hope to see the Volt exceed the PIP's numbers every single month. Good point that the sticker price and limited benefits of the PIP will probably steer more people to non-plug-in Prii.
          SVX pearlie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          "the Plug-in Prius will swamp all plug-in sales when it hits the market." So far, that hasn't happened, tho it did outsell the Leaf last month. The problem with the PIP is that it's a huge jump in price for relatively little incremental efficiency improvement. The PIP makes the regular Prius look very good, which then steers the question to Prius C or V.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to see this external combustion engine in the Volt II: http://www.cyclonepower.com/ It's very compact, uses many fewer parts than a conventional ICE, burns anything with minimal pollution and is virtually silent, not even needing a muffler. The exhaust system would be simpler and cheaper too, with the lower temperatures and most of the nitrous oxides eliminated. It does away with the distinction between diesel and petrol, as it will burn them along with just about anything else, and does not need oil changes as the lubricant is water.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Hi EZEE: In the videos they show this running on wood chips. It can also be used for heat recovery in small units. The guy who alerted me to this is an industrial chemist, which is about as tough an audience as you can get, so if he is a fan that is pretty much good enough for me, at least from the energetic aspect.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        I didn't go full n nerd, but looked it over from an engineering perspective. Interesting design - nice that it is a closed system on the steam(!) as well. Demonized water is nifty due to no lubrication being needed, and actually keeps parts clean (I used it during chip production in clean room environments, if that means anything to anyone). The multi- fuel aspect is fun as well. Since it isn't using the fuel to directly 'make it go' it wouldmt be as picky about what type of fuel is used (the fuel is usd for heat and steam - so in theory, configure it correctly, and you could jam wood chips in it to make it work). I read the US Army has offered a grant for a small one for the M1 tank - it would power a generator so that it would keep the electronics running if the engine was shut off. Also in theory, you could use this thing for drones, as it is lighter weight than other engines (and before anyone talks about the water on the inside, it is a closed system - like your air conditioner, so the water turns to steam, back to liquid, steam, etc). If any engineers have gone full on nerd on this, I would be curious to hear of issues related.
      Robyn
      • 2 Years Ago
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      marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's good to see GM introducing new improvements to keep the Volt competitive. It's very important to US industry that the Volt, remains an exciting vehicle, with versatile appeal. The Ampera versions with prove a very successful export earner, and boost GM's battered image globally. Go GM !
      • 2 Years Ago
      changed from a 04 prius with 225k miles to a volt. Prius reliability - only oil and tires - not a single failure of anything other than a headlight and some other lamps. Volt is truly a step up in all regards of luxury, road noise, and comfort. Hope reliability is as good - only issue is ch can a firmware change be made to allow full engine selection mode for highway driving which is common in US for 2011 and 2012 models. Put a diesel in to up mileage -- copy the Blue Tech it yields a large Sprinter 19 to 20 gpm highway or city and make it less cc's or better yet small fuel cell -- put a caddy badge since the who walks into a Chevy dealership looking for a $40k car. Not a very smart stragetic decision- thoughts from a old Tech CEO type
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        "who walks into a Chevy dealership looking for a $40k car" Ever meet someone who bought a Corvette?
          Naturenut99
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          Plus it's $40k base price going to $46k w/o destination charge or taxes or ??? It sounds like that will finally be changing a little this year. Hopefully. Even if the base price is lowered, I wonder if the top price is going to stay the same since they are adding more tech/safety options.
          Naturenut99
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          But thats a sports car, not just a car. There is a difference. The Corvette has never been know as a cheap car... although "cheaper" based on performance vs. cost when compared to other sports cars. All their other cars are known as "affordable".
      Sasparilla Fizz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice to see GM adding this mode (so the driver can choose it if needed) and dropping the black roofed look (which never made sense to me on a battery powered car you want to keep cool). Good choices GM.
        theflew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sasparilla Fizz
        The black roof makes sense in colder climates in the winter. And it takes more energy to heat a cabin than cool it down.
          paulwesterberg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @theflew
          You can still get a black roof if you order it painted in black.
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