Chevrolet Volt Gets Quicker Charging For 2019


This, and other detail changes add further appeal to this understated hybrid.

The Chevy Volt may not be the coolest plug-in-hybrid around but it is a solid offering. According the latest data compiled by, it is currently behind only the Toyota Prius Prime in overall US hybrid sales numbers, even outselling the generally more popular all-electric Bolt three months running. It has also just been announced that the 2019 model will come with a number of enhanced standard and available features, most notably a new 7.2 kW charging system which will cut charging times practically in half.


"With about twice the range added during 240V Level 2 charging sessions, the 2019 Volt's 7.2 kW system makes opportunity charging more worthwhile," said Jesse Ortega, chief engineer of Chevrolet Electric Vehicles. He continued to say that it effectively extends the vehicle's all-electric driving range while saving customers money when plugging in at public facilities that charge by the hour. The system will be standard on Premier trim models and optional on LT trim cars. Chevrolet's 8-inch Infotainment System 3 with a new Energy App will also be part of the 2019 update.


Further improvements to the Volt range include driver-switchable adaptive cruise control, new digital rearview camera, upgraded pedestrian alert systems and a six-way powered seat, which will be standard on Premier trim models. Various minor color and trim updates complete the changes. The Volt though may not be around for much longer as Chevrolet has already mentioned its intention to cut several sedans from its model range soon. The push towards an all EV model lineup is also high on its agenda but until then the Volt remains a strong plug-in-hybrid offering which has just been made even more practical.


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