Earlier this month GM announced "Chevrolet Wi-Fi" by Autonet Mobile as an option on seven Chevy vehicles including the Silverado pickup. Weirdly, despite the Chevy Volt being, like, the most technologically-advanced vehicle ever built, it won't get the option.
The dealer-installed system, which we used for connectivity at last year's Detroit Auto Show on our Jalopnik-built GEM Electric staff car, connects to the wireless 3G network and transmits a 1.5 mbps WiFi signal both within and beyond the car in a 150 foot circle. The Autonet Mobile device, already available as an option from Chrysler and GM's Cadillac brand, costs $199 with service running $29 per month. Frankly, the service is cool as hell, works great and seems like a no-brainer as an enhancement to any super-tech car. The "Chevrolet Wi-Fi"-branded version of the service will be offered on seven models — Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche and Express. Heck, even Ford's going to offer a BYOA Wi-Fi service with the new version of Sync being unveiled at CES.
But, Volt spokesperson David Darovitz tells the Extended-Range Electric Vehicle-obsessed folks over at GM-Volt "the Volt will not have this capability."