A new 7.2 kW charging system on the 2019 Chevrolet Volt cuts recharging times nearly in half by adding twice the all-electric driving range per hour of charge.
The new system headlines numerous additional enhancements for the 2019 Volt, and increases the vehicle’s all-electric utility for owners who take advantage of opportunity charging, or plugging in around town to top off the battery charge.
“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,” says Jesse Ortega, chief engineer of Chevrolet Electric Vehicles. “It effectively extends the vehicle’s all-electric driving range, while providing about twice the range for the money when plugging in at public facilities that charge by the hour.”
With the new 7.2 kW system, a complete recharge can be achieved in as little as 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet. 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 complements the Volt’s extended-range electric propulsion system, which offers an EPA-estimated 53 miles of pure EV range, or the gasoline equivalent of 106 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, on a full charge. When the Volt’s battery is low, a gas-powered generator kicks in to extend the driving range to a total of 420 miles (675 km) on a full tank.
The 2019 Chevrolet Volt is expected to go on sale in the fall.