• Jun 8, 2012
As we learned earlier today, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt has beefed up. The new model year vehicle has a "bigger" battery and can go three extra miles when driven solely on the battery. We spoke with GM representatives to get more information on the model year updates as well as answers to some of your questions (e.g., don't expect E85 capability, once promised for the first-gen Volt, any time soon).

Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah said there is a reason that the focus today was on the car's improved all-electric range: It was the number one request from customers. Three miles is incremental, but "it will enable more people to go gasoline-free in their daily driving," said Farah, and those miles "add up over a week." Farah wouldn't talk about how many more miles we can expect in the 2014 Volt, just that, "my expectations are that we would see larger improvements with model changes." Importantly, Farah said that the EPA made no major changes to the test procedures, so it is legit to compare the 2013 MPGe number to earlier ratings.

The new battery is not any heavier or larger, just "electrically bigger."

The extra range comes from a different battery chemistry as well as a slightly bigger battery, 16.5 kWh instead of 16. Farah said the battery is not literally any bigger (i.e., it's not any heavier or larger), just "electrically bigger." The .5-kWh growth seems small, but from a "battery guy's standpoint," nothing is small and no one should expect any dramatic changes from future versions of the Volt's current-generation battery, just continued incremental changes, said GM's director of global battery systems engineering, Bill Wallace. He added that GM is always looking into how much more energy they can wring out of the battery, but are not yet wiling to talk about how much more could be pulled out in the future. He did hint there is more to be had, though, saying that, "battery life is not as sensitive as we previously thought."

Other changes in the new Volt are more minor. There is now an optional arm rest between the two back seats. A new power gauge in the dash shows more information about where the energy used to move the car is coming from, how much is from the battery and how much is from the gas tank. We already talked about the collision alert and lane departure warnings as well as the new standard "hold mode." The 2013 model also has new interior and exterior colors (pebble beige and silver topaz metallic, respectively) and new sport alloy wheels, which were actually available late in the 2012 MY.

2013 Chevy Volt Detail photoshopFor some reason, GM has not yet released photos of the 2013 Volt, even though they will be instantly noticeable from the rear and above since the roof and liftgate on the new Volt will now match the body color (they used to be black). All GM has released is a small Photoshopped crop, seen right, of the new backside (click image to see the unmodified version below).

The 2013 Volt goes on sale in August. GM said there has been no change in pricing or destination fees compared to 2012 model. You can see pricing details below as well as in the gallery.


2013 Chevy Volt Pricing:
  • MSRP $39,145
  • Destination $850
  • Comfort package $275
  • Premium Trim $1,395
  • Safety Package 1 – $575
  • Safety Package 2 – $595

  • Free flow options:
  • NAV 895
  • Bose Audio 495
  • Cargo Cover 110
  • Cargo Net 60
  • Polish Wheels 595
  • Sport Alloy Wheels 695
The details on all of this are available in the gallery.


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      Rvinyl.com Inc
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a n owner of an online aftermarket accessories store I constantly find myself questioning the impact of our products on the environment. I am happy to see that GM is dedicated to improving both the performance and appeal of green cars and hope to see more manufacturers follow suit. Great article!
        tberger688
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rvinyl.com Inc
        Green! your kidding right. How much coal needs to be burnt to recharge this thing. You non-engineering types kill me. LOL
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tberger688
          If you live in California, none. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, very little. Different regions have different mixes of electricity generation.
          Fgergergrergr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tberger688
          How much energy is used to refine a gallon of gas? I can ask questions all day long too.
          Smurf
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tberger688
          Give up on the Coal argument already..... I am very proud to charge my AMERICAN car with AMERICAN coal............Although in my region less than 25% of my power comes from coal.....
          Tagbert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tberger688
          Here, tberger688. This is called "information" it is what many people use as a basis of their opinions and when discussing topics. You may not be familiar with the concept. http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/technologies_and_fuels/hybrid_fuelcell_and_electric_vehicles/emissions-and-charging-costs-electric-cars.html Here is are the main points of that article in case you have trouble reading the original article. - Nationwide, EVs charged from the electricity grid produce lower global warming emissions than the average compact gasoline-powered vehicle (with a fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon)—even when the electricity is produced primarily from coal in regions with the “dirtiest” electricity grids. - In regions with the “cleanest” electricity grids, EVs produce lower global warming emissions than even the most fuel-efficient hybrids. - EVs charged entirely from renewable sources like wind and solar power produce virtually no global warming emissions.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tberger688
          [blocked]
      Bryant Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      does it still catch fire?
        Bryant Keith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        herp a derp im a GM fanboy I get seriously butthurt anytime someone insults them herp a derp
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bryant Keith
          Maybe if you knew what you were talking about you might not get such a hard time for being a douche-canoe. The Volt caught fire after being slammed into a pole and rolled over. Then it was left right side up for more than a week until it finally caught fire because the battery was never deactivated Then GM reniforced the battery structure and they could no longer replicate the incident anyway. There, now you know what happend and so you can stop trying to be funny. Or you can keep doing it and keep looking like an ass-hat.
        Bryant Keith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        is it not fire this time? Is the airbag gonna deploy for no reason and break your skull in these?
          Smurf
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bryant Keith
          Yup.... The "not smarter than a 5th grader" crowd has come out in full force today.....
          howzz1854
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bryant Keith
          idiot troll
        CBJMNWLD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        Yes it does d-bag. Why don't you rent one for the weekend and give us a firsthand account from inside?
          AXEL
          • 2 Years Ago
          @CBJMNWLD
          Wow what is that guys problem? With 3 more MPGe the Volt should be flying off the lots! I.. I said... the volt .... oh whatever just man up and agree the car was a bigger flop than Battleships...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
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        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        Have regular gasoline cars stopped catching fire? Oh, no they haven't.....
      Magic18
      • 2 Years Ago
      this car could turn into a BBQ any time !!!!!!
        mycommentemail
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Magic18
        Did you mean that while driving along, if the driver saw a BBQ restaurant, that the car could turn into the parking lot at any time? In that case, it might also turn into a movie theater or even an olive garden.
        Smurf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Magic18
        I see the Republicans are still targeting the "I'm not smarter than a 5th grader" crowd.....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Magic18
        [blocked]
      amac
      • 2 Years Ago
      Three more miles. Seriously? This is newsworthy? By the way, that Volt should win an award for world's thickest A-pillar.
        Smurf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @amac
        8% is a lot. Continue to add 8% and a 50 mile range is right around the corner, and 60 miles right after that. Next thing you know, you have a vehicle with an electric range long enough for the commute of 95% of Americans, compared to only 75% of Americans today....
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Smurf
          [blocked]
      Mark Korsen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gm, what do you expect the cost to replace the battery after the warranty has expired? Does it really pay to invest in this car for the long haul?
        Smurf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Korsen
        Didn't we hear this same statement when the Prius first came out? Now that there are enough old Prius' on the road, we are learning that the batteries are not dying at 100,000 or even 200,000 miles or even after 8-10 years. SF hybrid taxis are going 300,000 miles on one battery. The key was not charging the battery all the way to 100% and not letting it discharge all the way to 0%. If you stay in the midrange, the battery life is phenomenal. Chevy went to school on this and used the same philosophy for the Volt battery, and tested the heck out of it in their labs. Like the Prius, you can expect that Volt batteries will still be going strong even after the warranty expires. You are more Iikely to see an engine or transmission fail in an ICE vehicle before the battery fails in a Volt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Korsen
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        Voltron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Korsen
        Just lease it so you can return it in 3 years, battery issue solved. Although I read that the Volt is holding its value and that the buyback after your 3 year lease may be cheaper than actual market value. The battery on a Volt has a 10 year warranty so in 3 years there should still be a lot of life left in it. As a comparison my last car a PT Cruiser, I've had for just over 10 years. The PT still runs, but it does need about $5,000 of work to get it back in reliable vehicle condition. No car is capable of being 100% economically viable. All I know is the lease deal I got was awesome and after 1,100 miles so far I've used less than 10 gallons of gas. Now that I know the sweet spot on how to drive my Volt, I'll probably use even less gas. My electric bill only went up by $38 bucks this month. Gas + electricity = $78 bucks for this month to drive my Volt over 1,000 miles. In contrast I would have spent $240 in gas with my old PT for the same milage. You tell me if the Volt will be a good investment in the long haul.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        @bobbleheadguru
        • 2 Years Ago
        1. A tax credit is not a tax payer expense. Do taxpayer have to pay for your home mortgage deduction? 2. I am all for a level playing field.. but that would mean that we would have to eliminate the $30,000,000,000 to $100,000,000,000/ year in big oil subsidies, tax credits, military protection and oil spill cleanups for big oil. Sound fair? How much do Big Oil executives earn? Perhaps 1000x the average income of Volt owners... Perhaps 10,000x times? 3. My "joke of a vehicle" saves my $170/month in fuel even though I have long commute (60 miles). That completely offsets my higher monthly payment. My breakeven is ZERO years, ZERO months. You can get a Volt lease today for $350/month.. What kind of car can you get for $180/month (after fuels savings)? The effective price of a Volt after tax credits and fuel savings (5 years, using EPA numbers) is $24,045... $5000 LESS than the average vehicle sold today.
        Kennesaw K
        • 2 Years Ago
        What is your gripe, Thor? Did you get turned down for bad credit when trying to buy a Volt? Are you always negative? Live alone? There a lots of gov't handouts, and without them there wouldn't be cures for diseases, or other life-changing innovation. Go argue with your neighbor that probably hates your negative, bad attitude.
        Voltron
        • 2 Years Ago
        Who is this thor clown, and why is he trolling these Volt articles? Obviously he's some teabagger that doesn't understand how Government works. If you follow the obsudity of linking his tax dollars to rebates is totally absurd. It's like saying, why should I subsadise the roads, highways, and bridges you drive on, it's my tax dollars and I'll choose what I want to spend it on, lol... Fail...
      tberger688
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is a troll? Somebody that doesn’t agree with you?
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tberger688
        Someone who goes into topics to deliberately antagonize other posters.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice job GM.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      EB110Americana
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's good to see this level of commitment to a product from GM. Ford seems to have learned that, especially with enthusiast vehicles, constant improvement keeps interest high and the product fresh. Nissan has also employed this ceaseless pursuit with the latest GT-R. The old GM would have adjusted very little on the Volt, maybe deleted a few seldom-purchased options, and let competitors pass them by while abandoning the Volt and its massive technology outlay . If you are reading, GM, keep up the hard work. We are watching and appreciate the dedication to your products. Keep doing exactly this and you will find success, or rather, it will find you.
      Evan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now they'll sell.
      ebn.hahn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Same Way they get 5HP more on the Camero!!. A bunsh of B.S. on Paper and no consumer will ever notice the difference..
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