The Chevy Volt has two configurable LCD screens, one behind the wheel where traditional gauges are typically found, and one atop the center stack. The latter will also be a touch screen. I have seen it in person in a pre-production car and was very impressed with its crispness, vividness and high definition.
We understand a lot of information will be available on those displays, they are configurable, and the driver will be able to choose among many options.
A primary function will be to provide the driver with feedback on how fuel efficient he/she is driving and utilizing accessory loads such as HVAC.
As anyone who like to hypermile hybrids knows, seeing real-time instantaneous MPG is a useful measure to adjust driving behavior as one moves along varying road conditions.
I asked Tony Posawatz who is the Volt vehicle line engineer if that value will be provided while the car is running in charge-sustaining (generator) mode.
“I don’t think we will show instantaneous mpg,” he said. “We are working a lot on what information to show and how to present it right now.”
“The OnStar capabilities with VOLT will be mind boggling,” he said. “Stay tuned.”
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