There are no changes in the Volt's 16.5-kWh battery capacity between the 2013 and 2014 model years

For those waiting with bated breath on news of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt, consider this a case of one step up, and possibly two steps back. Chevy parent General Motors confirmed that details about the '14 Volt will be revealed in August, both Hybrid Cars and Inside EVs are reporting, citing Chevrolet spokeswoman Michelle Bunker Malcho. What that means is anyone's guess, but we figure that at least we'll know how much the Volt will cost. Despite some published reports out there, we've been told by GM that there are no changes in the battery capacity between the 2013 and 2014 model years. The 2013 has a 16.5-kWh lithium ion pack that offers a 38-mile EV range. We also know that the Volt will be offered in two new colors: ashen gray metallic and brownstone metallic. Sweet.

What we're not sure of is whether a previous report that 2014 Volt production would commence in July at General Motors' Hamtramck factory in Michigan was correct, or whether it was premature. For those keeping track, 2013 Volt production started in June 2012, while shipments began the following month, so the 2014 MY is running a bit late, by comparison.

In the meantime, Volt watchers will have to be satisfied with the news that the model's sales have been on the upswing. Last month, Chevy moved 2,698 of the extended-range plug-ins, up 53 percent from a year earlier. For the year, Volt sales have risen 12 percent to 9,855 vehicles.

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