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    2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    The 2015 Volt which is now in production Edit: is now confirmed (see post #13) to have an increased capacity 17.1KWh battery. This would be an increase from the 16.5KWh battery in the 2013 and 2014 Volts and 16 KWh in the 2011 and 2012 Volts. Though it has been suspected that many 2014's may have been manufactured with this increased capacity battery.

    The 2015 Volt is listed on the Chevrolet website in several locations as having a 17.1KWh battery. At this time I do not have information as to what impact this has on usable state of charge window and overall EV range.

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    http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electr...ecs/trims.html
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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    The 2015 Volt which is now in production appears to have an increased capacity 17.1KWh battery. This would be an increase from the 16.5KWh battery in the 2013 and 2014 Volts and 16 KWh in the 2011 and 2012 Volts. Though it has been suspected that many 2014's may have been manufactured with this increased capacity battery.

    The 2015 Volt is listed on the Chevrolet website in several locations as having a 17.1KWh battery. At this time I do not have information as to what impact this has on usable state of charge window and overall EV range.

    (might need to select 2015 Volt near top left)
    http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electr...ecs/trims.html
    Interesting, I'm doing good with my 16.5KWh, I haven't burned ANY gas in mine since June 13th! (805 miles) once I get to 1,000 (for Volt Stats), I'm going to purposely not charge and burn through my tank of stale gas.
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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    GM is moving in the right direction (slowly) with this development. This should add about 2 miles to the electric only range.

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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    Quote Originally Posted by toyotanomore View Post
    GM is moving in the right direction (slowly) with this development. This should add about 2 miles to the electric only range.
    Which is almost meaninglessly slow, snails-pace progress, (I sure hope the costs are coming down), the fact that I could go 48.7 vs. the 47.0 I can get now is a non-starter.
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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    Very strange. Fueleconomy.gov still lists 38 miles electric range for the 2015 Volt.

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find....n=sbs&id=35246

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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    InsideEV's is also now reporting it.

    http://insideevs.com/breaking-2015-c...-battery-pack/

    With a Gen II Volt on the horizon GM may have not wanted to spend the time/money on updating the EPA rating.

    Also keep in mind the Volt does not use the full capacity of the pack. Some of this is for buffer in hybrid mode (charge sustain mode) and to prolong the life of the battery. The overall capacity has increased but we don't know how much of the usable capacity has changed. The 2013's have a 16.5KWh with (10.8KWh's as usable). The 2014's were rumored to have the same battery with a larger usable window courtesy of the changes for the ELR (which is rumored to have close to 12KWh's as usable). 2011 and 2012 Volts have a 16KWh battery with 10.3KWh's as usable.
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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    Quote Originally Posted by MelvinJ View Post
    Very strange. Fueleconomy.gov still lists 38 miles electric range for the 2015 Volt.

    http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find....n=sbs&id=35246

    Congrats to Ed on your Volt purchase! You are the last guy I thought would buy one.
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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    This is very interesting... I too am very interested to find out if the usable capacity is changed and if it makes a significant change in range.

    Perhaps it's because there are still many 2014's on lots, but I would think that if the usable capacity is increased significantly, GM would be promoting it better by now...

    Oh, wait a minute... This is GM we're discussing. Never mind.

    Carry on...

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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    Interesting, I'm doing good with my 16.5KWh, I haven't burned ANY gas in mine since June 13th! (805 miles) once I get to 1,000 (for Volt Stats), I'm going to purposely not charge and burn through my tank of stale gas.
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    I'm curious at what point does gas in the tank become "stale".

    I though gm had a program whereby the computer eventually decides to run the engin to avoid stale gasoline.

    Sounds like your getting amazing mileage.

    If it were mine.....I'd let th computer decide when to run the engine.

    Good luck

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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    I'm nearing 1500 miles on a single gallon of gas in my 14 Volt. Haven't added any fresh gas since April but I'll wait until the on board computer decides my fuel is stale.
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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    Quote Originally Posted by JBsZ06 View Post
    I'm curious at what point does gas in the tank become "stale".

    I though gm had a program whereby the computer eventually decides to run the engin to avoid stale gasoline.
    The Volts fuel system is pressurized so gasoline lasts much longer than in a typical car.

    If the gas engine is not run enough over 6 weeks the engine will run a fairly short maintenance cycle (around 5 minutes I believe) to keep everything in the gas engine lubricated. If you are running the same gas for ~1 year the car will go into a fuel maintenance mode where it will burn over half the tank of gas and instruct you to add more gasoline.

    I personally use my gas engine once every couple of weeks. And go through the 9 gallon tank every couple of months. I drive around 12000 miles a year. So I have not run into a maintenance cycle yet. Though I did go almost 6 weeks without burning gas once.

    In a few weeks I will hit my 2 year anniversary with my Volt.
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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    Gas will never go stale in our Volt. We are putting on close to 2000 miles/mth. I have put about 53k miles on it since we bought it in April, 2012. It was a 2011 demo with 3k miles already on it.

    Obviously we could use more electric range so any incremental improvements would be welcome, and hopefully there will be a good-sized jump in range for Gen II. I would pay for about 60-70 miles, but beyond that, just give me the range extender. I don't want any more battery than I will use most days.

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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    InsideEV's has confirmed from GM that the 2015 Volt has a 17.1KWh battery.

    http://insideevs.com/confirmed-2015-...may-see-range/

    Quote from Kevin Kelly manager of electrification from GM.
    We did make an engineering change in the battery cell used in the 2015 Chevrolet Volt, which resulted in an overall storage capacity increase from 16.5 to 17.1 kWh.

    This is a part of our effort for continuous improvement. As a result of this change, we would expect that some customers may see a slight improvement in overall EV range.
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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    The 2015 Volt which is now in production Edit: is now confirmed (see post #13) to have an increased capacity 17.1KWh battery. Though it has been suspected that many 2014's may have been manufactured with this increased capacity battery.
    You took a bit of the wind out of my Volt sails...My 2014 must have this improved battery. I am averaging between 53 and 56 miles per charge, and have been for the last few months. That's with heavy A/C use on ECO mode, not COMFORT.

    I even hit a high of a 58 mile range estimate a few days ago as shown below:


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    Re: 2015 Volt appears to have larger 17.1KWh battery

    I'd be happy if the next gen Volt got 50/50. 50 AER and 50 MPG but I still do well. I'm about 2/3 through a tank from early January and would be about 3 months without gas except for a day in early June when the engine ran about two blocks from home. Not long enought to reset the 6 week engine maintenace mode. So in over 14k miles I'm 85% electric and that's only because of a road trip last summer. I'll finally use up this tank on another trip in about a month.
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