The rear of the 2012 Chevy Volt

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt to get new driving mode, less black trim

General Motors hasn’t announced any official changes for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt but reports floating around the internet indicate that the 2013 model year electric Chevy will get more body colored trim and a new drive mode that will actually help to preserve the battery for city driving when on highway trips.

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.


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I own a Volt and have found you can reserve a few miles worth of EV capacity by switching to "mountain" mode while on the highway and switching back to Normal once in town. Of course, I hope this new option would be much better by allowing you to immediately kick it into range-extension rather than when the battery depletes to the arbitrary threshold they calculate for mountain mode.
I don't understand why Chevrolet won't allow the battery to be charged while it is in gas usage mode and why they don't have an engine in it that gets 40+ mpg.
It does. I deplete battery until I have about 5 miles left then I switch to mountain mode for a few miles kicking me into gas. Some time later I switch back to normal mode and I have another 10-15 electric miles.