The 2019 Chevrolet Volt’s new charging system is designed to cut recharging times nearly in half by adding about twice the all-electric driving range per hour of charge.
The new 7.2 kW charging system can recharge the vehicle in 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet and supporting hardware, according to Chevrolet. The new system is standard on the 2019 Volt Premier model and available on the LT trim. A 3.6 kW charger is standard on the Volt LT.
The new charging system works with the Volt’s extended-range electric propulsion system, which with a full tank of gas and a full charge offers an EPA-estimated 53 miles of pure EV range and 106 MPGe, or gasoline equivalent. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered generator kicks in to extend the driving range to a total of 420 miles on a full tank.
In addition to the new charging system, the 2019 Volt also features increased regenerative braking capability when drivers let off the accelerator pedal. The feature helps the vehicle EV range, and the updates come with an improved driving feel with smoother operation when slowing.
It also includes the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen. The touchscreen incorporates the Energy App, which shows drivers how driving style, route, weather conditions and cabin comfort setting may affect range. The 2019 Volt also introduces its first power driver’s seat. The six-way seat is standard on Premier and available on LT models.
It also includes an improved pedestrian alert system, a new digital rearview camera, a new driver-adjustable adaptive cruise control; and more.
Also available for those residing in colder climate, the 2019 Volt allows activation of the automatic engine-assisted heating system to be deferred until much lower temperatures — minus 13 degrees F / minus 25 degrees C — for more all-electric operation.