Fewer exterior parts. You may have seen that the Volt 1.0 has more external body parts than is necessary. These will go away, reducing cost and weight.
Fewer interior parts. You may have seen that the Volt 1.0's dashboard has a lot more parts than is necessary. This will be simplified, reducing cost and weight.
Interior technology and ergonomics: People have complained that the Volt 1.0 is both too complex, and yet is behind the Tesla in terms of telematics. The Volt 2.0 will both get some more conventional controls (knobs, dials), as well as a more advanced set of displays, showing more information. In other words, better both for more conservative older people, as well as for younger technology enthusiasts alike.
Creature comforts: The seats will be better, electrically adjusted, and a sunroof option may happen.
Heat, cooling, windshield wipers and lights: I have noted that the
(F) plug-in electric models have better heat, cooling, windshield wipers and lights compared to the Volt 1.0. The Volt 2.0 will seek to narrow or eliminate these shortcomings.
The heat and cooling systems are also important for the efficiency of the electric range. All of these things improvements will help eek out a couple of miles of extra range. However, also keep in mind that a Volt 2.0 will also need to be engineered to satisfy ever-increasing safety standards, so that is a continued drag on energy efficiency, as is the case with all new car models.
The Dramatically Improved Chevrolet Volt 2.0
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