The Chevrolet Volt was intended to revolutionize automotive transportation and while there are plenty of critics who fault its high price and relatively Spartan interior there’s little doubt the extended-range electric vehicle has helped usher in a new era of battery-powered propulsion.
Even before they launched the Volt, however, General Motors officials were stressing that, in tech terms, there’d be a lot of things to improve on the “Gen-1” model, especially the limitations of its battery technology. Pointing to the future, they promised lower costs, as well as smaller and more powerful batteries.
A series of comments and reports in recent days seem to suggest that GM is getting ready to offer some big improvements as it prepares Chevy Volt Gen-2, with longer range and a new range-extending motor among the changes apparently in the works. (more…)