The 2013 Chevrolet Volt to get new driving mode, less black trim
First of all, while the 2013 Chevrolet Volt will likely look identical to the current production models in every physical way, GM Inside News has reported that black roof surface and black trunk face will be replaced by body colored panels. Right now, no matter what color Chevy Volt you buy, the majority of the rear panel of the vehicle and the entire roof are gloss black but starting in 2013, buyers will have those panels color matched to the chosen exterior paint.
Far more importantly, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt will get a new EV Hold Mode that will help to preserve the battery power during long highway drives. This EV Hold Mode is standard on the European-issue Opel Ampera but it has previously been unavailable on the American Chevy Volt. This new mode forces the Voltec drivetrain to go into extended range mode, with the gasoline engine providing the power needed by the electric drive motor to move the car without depleting the battery. This is ideal for those American drivers who begin their commute with a long highway drive followed by congested city driving; allowing the car to run on electric power when it is the most beneficial.