GM announces upgrade to 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV
With the 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV scheduled for availability this fall, General Motors (GM) has recently announced an upgrade to the vehicle, in order to bring some new features on board.
According to the announcement of the update by General Motors, the 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV will come with an improved 240V charging system, which will bring about an increase in the rate of charge --- from 3.6kW to 7.2kW or 16A to 32A. This enhancement will match the charging rate of the vehicle to that of the Chevy Bolt on Level 2.
Chevy has asserted that the improved charging system will ensure that the 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV gets a full 53-mile EV charge in 2.3 hours. However, the option of DC fast charging is still not available on Volt.
Besides the notable improvement in charging rate, the other updates coming to the 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV include a new Power Convenience Package available on LT, a new digital rear-view camera in place of the earlier analog system, new driver-switchable Adaptive Cruise Control, and the repositioning of wireless charging pad for compatible phones ahead of the shifter.
In addition, the 2019 Chevy Volt PHEV will come with an evolved pedestrian alert system, dealer-installed blackout package, the option of new Pacific Blue Metallic exterior color, and the availability of new Jet Black/Porcelain Blue interior on Premier.
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