The EPA testing reveals 53 miles range on pure electric for the upcoming 2016 Chevy Volt hybrid car. This is almost double of the first generation Volt.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can run on electricity for 53 miles on a single charge. This is nearly 40% more than the first-generation Volt.
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Plans for 2016 Chevy Volt called for 50 mile range. The EPA test comes in above that with 53 miles of pure EV range.
Chevrolet expects more next-generation Volt owners to use only electric power for more than 90 percent of trips. Today, Volt owners use battery power on 80 percent of their trips.
This means the average Volt owner could expect to travel well over 1,000 miles between gas fill ups, if they charge regularly.
For the first 53 miles, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its new 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery, rated at a combined 106 MPGe, or gasoline equivalent.
When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range for a total of 420 miles on a full tank.
“We listened to our customers,” said Andrew Farah, vehicle chief engineer, “They were very clear when they told us that they wanted more range, and a fun driving experience behind the wheel. We are confident that the 2016 Volt delivers both.”
The next-generation Volt’s new 1.5L range-extender, designed to use regular unleaded fuel, offers a combined EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 42 MPG.
Pricing for the 2016 Volt will be as low as $26,495 after the full federal tax credit of $7,500. In California the pre-order for the 2016 Chevy Volt started in May.
Production of the 2016 Volt is supposed to start in August and deliveries are expected to begin late August/early September.