Word on the street today is that General Motors will be updating the 2013 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid with some styling upgrades and a new “EV Hold Mode” that will allow the Volt to stay in electric-only mode longer in slower city traffic. The “EV Hold Mode” forces the Volt to use its range-extender engine at higher speeds, like on a highway, which then reserves the battery power for slower speeds.

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The “EV Hold Mode” is already standard on the Volt’s European sister vehicle, the Opel Ampera. Drivers still also have the choice of normal, sport and mountain modes.

On the outside, the 2013 Chevy Volt is ditching the black roof and rear liftgate on the current model for parts the same color as the body. The 2013 Volt will also get new tech features like a lane departure warning system, forward collision alert and the addition of MyLink to the Volt’s navigation system.

It’s being reported that the 2014 Chevy Volt will get more significant updates.

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Via GM Inside News