- Increase in EPA-estimated EV range of three miles, to 38 miles
- Hold drive mode in addition to Normal, Sport and Mountain drive modes, allows owners to conserve battery charge for use in the most efficient manner
- Low-emissions package (e-AT-PZEV) makes Volt eligible for single-occupancy HOV-lane access in California and New York
- Body color roof and liftgate
- Pebble Beige premium cloth seats and leather-appointed seats with suede inserts
- Available audio system with GPS-based navigation, AM/FM/Sirius XM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback capability, navigation and USB port, seven-inch-diagonal touch-screen display and Radio Data System
- Removable rear center armrest with storage included in available Premium Trim Package
- Comfort Package includes heated driver and front passenger cloth seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Available Safety Package 1 includes auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, rear park assist and rear vision camera
- Available Safety Package 2 includes front park assist, forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems
In addition, the storage capacity of the Volt battery will increase slightly from 16 kWh of energy to 16.5 kWh, and engineers have expanded the state-of-charge window to 10.8 kWh from 10.3 kWh in the 2012 model. The battery system maintains a buffer to ensure battery life, but that buffer has been modified.
The improved EV range capability will result in slight increases to the Volt’s charge times. A full recharge using a 120V could take as little as 10.5 hours and as little as 4.25 hours using a 240V charging unit.
Volt offers an e-AT-PZEV specification that earns the Volt a coveted “green sticker” for single-occupancy HOV lane access in California and New York.
Volt also adds a Hold mode that allows owners to direct when the Volt uses its gas generator. This feature helps save money because owners who mix city and highway driving can save the battery charge for city travel, where the Volt’s EV mode operates most efficiently.
Other updates for 2013 include a body-color roof and decklid, available lane departure warning system and forward collision alert crash-avoidance technologies, as well as GPS-enabled navigation capabilities to Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.
A new exterior color, Silver Topaz Metallic, and new interior color, Pebble Beige, also join the Volt lineup.
The Volt is built at General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, home to the largest photovoltaic solar array in southeast Michigan. The facility can use the 516 kilowatts of solar energy generated by the 264,000-square-foot array (24,526 sq. m) to charge up to 150 Volts or help power the plant.