The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), meaning it’s powered by both an internal combustion engine and an internal battery. This battery can be recharged by plugging it into an external electrical power source. Rebadged variants of the Chevy Volt are marketed outside the United States, including the Vauxhall Ampera in the United Kingdom, the Opel Ampera in the rest of Europe, and the Holden Volt in Australia and New Zealand.
The Volt was won the following awards, primarily for its low impact on the environment:
The Volt was introduced for the 2011 model year, and the second generation of this model entered production for the 2016 model year. The Volt family of vehicles is the world’s best-selling PHEV, according to EV-Volumes.
Nearly 135,000 vehicles in the Volt family had been sold as of 2016, with the United States leading the world market, followed by China and the Netherlands.
• 2009 Green Car Vision Award
• 2011 Green Car of the Year
• 2011 North American Car of the Year
• 2011 World Green Car
• 2012 European Car of the Year
• 2016 Green Car of the Year
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Mode of Operation
The Volt is driven by two electric motors, both of which power the front wheels. Both motors can drive the car at the same time, or one motor can power the car while the other recharges the on-board battery. The motors receive electrical power from either the battery or internal combustion engine. The 2018 Volt typically operates as a battery-powered vehicle until the charge level drops below a predetermined threshold. Once this occurs, the engine turns on automatically.
However, the engine doesn’t directly drive the transmission, as is the case with gas-only cars. Instead, the engine generates electricity, which powers the electric motors that drive the transmission. The Volt’s on-board computer determines the most efficient mode of operation at any given time to seamlessly coordinate the actions of the engine, battery and electric motors. The driver can monitor this activity from the status screen.
The Volt will usually run exclusively on the battery for a typical daily commute, while using the engine to power the car on longer trips. The driver can also mechanically link the engine to a planetary gear set periodically to generate electrical power, which is stored in the battery. Regenerative braking also generates electricity, further extending the Volt’s battery range.
Second Generation Chevy Volt
The most significant changes for the second generation Volt include an updated battery and drivetrain that improves fuel economy. The battery pack now stores 18.4 kilowatt-hours of electrical power, which is a 20 percent increase over the first-generation Volt. The battery also has 192 cells, a significant reduction from the 288 battery cells from the previous generation. This improvement has reduced the weight of the batteries by 29 pounds. The weight of the electric motor has also been reduced by 100 pounds, primarily due integrating the power controller with the motor housing and using fewer rare-earth metals. Additional changes to the second-generation Volt include restyling for both the interior and exterior.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives the second-generation Volt an all-electrical driving range of 53 miles, up from 38 miles for the first generation. The EPA rating for all-electric mode is the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon (MPG-e) in the city, 113 MPG-e on the highway and 106 MPG-e combined. The official EPA fuel economy for gasoline-only mode is 42 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway and 42 combined. The total driving range of the 2018 Volt is 430 miles, compared to 380 miles for the first generation.
A Level 1 charger that generates 120 volts can completely recharge the Volt’s battery in about 13 hours. Level 2 chargers produce 240 volts, which recharges the Volt’s battery in 4.5 hours.
What's New for the 2018 Volt
The choices of exterior colors are the most significant changes for the 2018 model year. The following exterior colors have been dropped for 2018:
• Citron Green Metallic
• Heather Gray Metallic
• Pepperdust Metallic
• Siren Red Tintcoat
The following exterior colors have been added for 2018:
• Cajun Red Tintcoat
• Green Mist Metallic
• Satin Steel Metallic
Rear parking assist is now available for the Chevy Volt through the LT Driver Confidence Package. This package also includes rear cross traffic and side blind zone alerts for the first time in 2018. Additional changes for 2018 include a vinyl-wrapped steering wheel and knob for the LT trim level, with leather available through the Comfort Package. Heated steering wheels will automatically activate with the heated seats. Vehicles that meet California ULEV125 emissions are also available as an option on the 2018 Chevy Volt.
2018 Volt Powertrain
The 2018 Volt has a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine that generates 101 horsepower (hp) and 103 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque. The battery contributes 48 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque to the Volt’s total power output of 149 hp and 194 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission routes this power to the front wheels.
2018 Volt Performance
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt
offers performance that is competitive with gas-only vehicles that have small four-cylinder engines. Unlike other PHEVs, it delivers seamless acceleration that isn’t jarring as soon as the accelerator is pressed. The 2018 Volt accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 7.5 seconds, and its time in the standing quarter mile is as low as 15.6 seconds, depending on configuration. The Volt’s top speed is up to 101 mph.
This model brakes to a stop from 60 mph in 116 feet, with smooth linear braking that effectively blends regular friction braking with regenerative braking. A paddle is mounted on the steering wheel, which provides greater regenerative braking. This paddle engages the brakes abruptly, so it’s best suited for hard braking.
The Volt has a confident, direct steering that makes it easy corner. The handling is well-coordinated for winding roads, although the suspension and tires are optimized for city driving. The electric drive is very smooth, and the engine works well with the CVT.
Test Drive the 2018 Volt
Test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Volt at Gunn Chevrolet in Selma. Call us at (210) 941-4460 to request a quote or schedule an appointment. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and help you the best set of features for your needs. You can also take a Virtual Test Drive
without leaving your home, which allows you to see the Volt’s interior and exterior in a virtual environment!
The seats on the 2018 Volt are highly comfortable and supportive. The rear seats have armrest padding and seat contouring that makes them more comfortable for adults than other vehicles in its class. The electric driving mode is obviously very quiet, and the engine in the second-generation Volt is noticeably quieter than the first generation. Automatic climate control with a single zone is standard for the 2018 Volt. Cabin heating works quickly, especially when combined with heated seats and steering wheel.
2018 Volt LT Trim
The LT trim is the base trim level for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt. Standard features for this trim include six-way adjustable front seats, 17-inch aluminum wheels, remote engine start and LED lighting for the headlights, taillights and interior. The Volt LT also has four driving modes, including Normal, Sport, Mountain and Hold. The infotainment features of this trim include an 8.0-inch LCD instrument panel for the driver and an 8.0-inch touchscreen display in the center console. The center display includes the following features:
• Chevrolet MyLink
• Apple CarPlay
• Android Auto
• Six-speaker sound system
• Satellite radio
• OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
• 2 USB ports
The Comfort package is optional for the LT trim, which includes heated mirrors, front seats and steering wheels. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is included in this option package, and it can also be ordered with leather upholstery instead of the cloth upholstery that’s standard for the LT. An eight-speaker Bose sound system can replace the standard sound system as a stand alone option for the LT trim. The Driver Confidence option package is available for both trim levels of the Chevy Volt, which includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.
2018 Volt Premier Trim
The Premier is the top trim level for the 2018 Volt and contains all of the features of the LT trim unless otherwise noted. The standard wheels are replaced with ultra-bright machined wheels with painted pockets, and the sound system is upgraded to a Bose premium sound system. The Comfort package with leather upholstery is also included in the Premier trim.
Additional features of the Premier trim include front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated rear outboard seats and wireless phone charging. An automated parking system for both parallel and perpendicular parking is also standard for the Premier trim. A navigation system is available for the Premier trim as a standalone option.
The Driver Confidence 2 package is available for the Premier trim, which requires the Driver Confidence package. The Driver Confidence 2 package adds forward collision warning, automatic low-speed emergency braking, lane departure warning and adaptive headlights. You also have the option of adding adaptive cruise control and forward automatic braking to this option package.
Safety for the 2018 Volt
The 2018 Volt is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which means this vehicle received the IIHS’s highest rating of Good in all five of its crash tests. It also received the highest rating of Superior in the IIHS’s front crash prevention evaluation for 12 mph and 25 mph frontal collisions, in which the Volt avoided the collision in the 12-mph test and reduced speed by 5 mph in the 25 mph test. This rating is largely due to the Volt’s forward automatic braking system.
of the second-generation Volt is significantly roomier than the first generation, with seating for five passengers. The seats are highly adjustable, making them comfortable for a wide range of passenger sizes. The large T-shaped lithium ion battery pack is located under the middle of the rear seat, making this position appropriate for children and car seats. The wide-opening doors and roofline make it easy to access the 2018 Volt.
The styling of the cabin is also greatly improved in the 2018 Volt. This version has a twin-cockpit design with black interior and silver accents as a standard feature, although two-tone interiors are available as an option. The touch-sensitive buttons in the first-generation Volt have been replaced by traditional buttons in second-generation models. The buttons and knobs of the 2018 Volt are also more logically arrayed than the first generation, which is particularly important in technologically advanced vehicles like the Volt.
The Volt provides good visibility from the front. The rear window helps minimize over-the-shoulder blind spots, and the rearview camera is well placed to view objects directly behind the vehicle.
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is a five-door compact hatchback with a wide stance, with narrow headlights and grille that gives a sporty appearance. The steep angle of its windshield and rear window also contributes to its more aggressive look. The new Volt still retains the dual grille fascia that has become Chevrolet’s signature front end. However, much of this grille has a solid surface of matte silver plastic rather than vents, since the Volt doesn’t require the large air intake of a gas-only vehicle.
These changes make the second-generation Volt look almost identical to the Chevrolet Cruze from the outside, although the Volt has a slightly higher tail for better air deflection and a charging port on the left front fender. The tail lamps on the Volt are also clear, which is a current trend in automotive design. The badge on the Volt is a blacked-out “Volt” with a lighting bolt through the “V”, indicating this car is driven by electricity.
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