The 2016 Chevy Volt is here, and it poses a serious threat to traditional cars.
The transmission of the Volt has also been upgraded. Two separate motors alternate depending on the driver’s intention. They can even work together to keep the car is running at maximum efficiency. The smaller engine is made from an iron-based material, while the other is made from a mixture of rare-earth metals. The engine operates in five different modes, and shed a total of 33 pounds over the 2011 Volt.
The new Volt will accelerate 20 percent faster, and will drive at a rate that is overall 12 percent more efficient than the previous model. The current Volt can drive for an estimated 38 miles without needing a charge. Motor Trend estimates that the increases in efficiency would allow the 2016 Volt to drive for a range of roughly 50 miles.
The 2011 Volt won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award, but it was certainly one of the first electric vehicles in its field. Since then, the market for electric cars has exploded. BMW has released an electric model, Toyota is developing hydrogen fuel cell technology, and Tesla Motors has catapulted electronic cars from relative obscurity into the mainstream.
It may be a while before the infrastructure necessary for supporting a majority of electric cars is available. Drivers will need charging stations in the same volume as they currently need gas stations, and it will certainly take years to phase all of the traditional vehicles off of the road. Paired with autonomous driving technology, the face of road transit may look drastically different in the future.