After having my Gen 2 for a month, I love it. However, there are a few things that I think Chevy should consider. Some of them could even be added in software updates versus having to wait for the new model to be released before adding them.
- Ability to enable/disable "creep". Could be a button on/near the shifter to toggle this, or in the case of a software update, could just be a toggle in the MyLink settings or the dashboard settings. When creep is disabled, the car will hold the brakes when stopped even with no pedals pressed until the accelerator is tapped, similar to what the car already does on a steep incline. After n minutes, the parking brake would be applied with an audible alert.
- Analog regen paddle. I love not having to move my foot to the brake pedal to stop, and "L" and the paddle are definitely nice features, but it's annoying not being able to control the amount of braking the paddle gives you, and I like being able to coast, so shifting between "D" and "L" is slightly annoying. I'm not sure why they didn't make the regen paddle analog.
- A better brake pedal...every other hybrid-electric vehicle I've driven has had very responsive regenerative braking on the brake pedal. My dad's Lincoln MKZ is so linear that you barely have to touch your foot to the pedal and the "regen" animation on the dash starts and any further movement on the pedal smoothly and linearly increases braking power. You can't tell once you hit the max regen force and start hitting friction brakes until you nearly stop.
My old Highlander Hybrid was a bit squishier on the brakes, but the regen brakes were still very linear on the pedal and it would only start to get firm once you hit friction brakes.
But on the Volt, the "geniuses" at Chevy tried to make the brake pedal feel like a non-electric vehicle, so it seems like you have to push it quite hard before you really get any brake force, and then the pedal gets firm long before you hit friction brakes. I have to push uncomfortably hard on the pedal to draw anywhere near the ~40 kW regen that the paddle gives.