Since this hasn't been offered yet for the Gen1, I wouldn't hold out much hope for GM to provide an increased battery capacity upgrade the Gen2 but I wish they would do so!With the continuous improvements in e-vehicle battery research & development, I hope that when the time comes when I must replace the battery in my 2017 Gen-2 Volt that it will be a battery upgrade, enabling a longer range and faster chargeability.
Two different things, with different issues. The charge rate isn't imited by the battery - you've seen the car pull down 60 kW on regen, right? To increase the charge rate, you'd need an upgrade to the onboard charger module and chargeport wiring. That's certainly possible, but not terribly likely.With the continuous improvements in e-vehicle battery research & development, I hope that when the time comes when I must replace the battery in my 2017 Gen-2 Volt that it will be a battery upgrade, enabling a longer range and faster chargeability.
A new battery for an old car is to expensive. There is some rebuilding of batteries for hybrid cars already, mostly the Prius but they also service other cars. These same companies will eventually provide rebuilt batteries for the Volt and others. Perhaps even upgrades.Replacing the battery is equivalent in cost to replacing the engine in a conventional car. Why would anyone do that to a 10-yr-old car? The rest of the car is worn out as well.
My grandfather had the same ax his entire life. Eight new hafts and three new heads.
By design, the Volt does not allow you to fully discharge or fully charge the battery. Instead, there is a built-in "reserve" that essentially limits you to using only 70% (or so) of the battery. So a "Full" battery in a Volt is actually reading the 80% you are allowed to use. An "empty" battery (no bars), actually has about 30% left. Chevy was very clever in doing this, after all, they are on the hook with an 8 yr/100k mile warranty (exc. CA).Plugincars.com talks about avoiding fully charging, avoiding fully discharging the battery to prolong life, etc. Any thoughts on this?
While that's true for cell phones - they haven't made many with a 10Ah battery (though they could), they chose to shrink the battery to get a smaller/slimmer phone while maintaining the power capacity and lowering cost of the battery component.I would love if GM or even a 3rd party upgrade were available in the future. However, looking at more commonly available batteries that we all use everyday such as cell phone, laptop, etc......and looking at whats available for devices from 10 years ago, the capacity hasn't changed much at all even though battery technology is vastly improved. My guess is that even 20 years from now when we get batteries that have significantly more capacity than we have now, we might get a somewhat lighter battery pack with fewer cells and the same total capacity, but likely not an increase. Hopefully I'm wrong as I would love to have a pack that fits my '13 with a range of 100 miles or more, but I won't hold my breath for such an option.