Dan Akerson, the former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, designated plans for his corporation to create a lighter electric vehicle with the hopes of ranging 200 miles per electrical charge. LG currently supplies General Motors with batteries for the Chevrolet Volt and the Chevrolet Spark EV; however, according to Reuters, South Korea’s battery supplier, LG Chem, has publicized their predicted triumph of creating batteries with a 200 mile electric charge range for the year 2016.
Ironically, the next update for the new generation of the Chevrolet Volt is forecast for 2016 as well, and after Akerson made clear of his hopes for increasing the battery range capacity for electric vehicles, these batteries could very well be intended for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Ray Scarpelli, along with Ray Chevrolet, is excited for this new goal of reaching 200 miles and is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the Chevy Volt.
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt currently out on the market attained a conjoint rating of 37 mpg with a 38-mile all-electric range. The 2014 Volt incorporates a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine which acts as the generator for the electric battery and the range extender when the battery is exhausted. Latest reports say that the new Chevrolet Volt will make the swap to a smaller 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine.
Therefore, the next Chevrolet Volt would have an all-electric range at least 20 percent better than the 2014 model, like Akerson wished for. In terms of exterior design, the 2016 Volt will most likely stray away from its current GM Delta platform model to a new fabrication more appropriate for extended-range technology.
In the past, General Motors has expressed their desire to become the leading global producer in electric vehicle sales by 2018 with the plan of increasing vehicles electric mile range and maintaining low costs to weaken competitors, such as Tesla. In order to keep the Volt up in the competitive ranks with other electric and plug-in hybrid cars, Chevrolet deducted $5,000 from the price last August making the Volt $34,995 (including delivery).
Furthermore, in March of 2013 Akerson broadcasted General Motor’s developments of two electric vehicles with a range of 100-200 miles per charge. If not the 2016 Volt, General Motors could still possibly use LG batteries for a brand new electric vehicle model. General Motors also plans to devote $499 million to renovate and improve the Detroit-Hamtramck Chevrolet Volt assembly plant. Once the changes are complete, the advanced plant will be home to production for, ironically, two currently unspecified electric models…can you guess which two?
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