Calling all treehuggers! If you were waiting for the official EPA figures for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, fret no more! The ratings for the Volt’s range and fuel economy equivalent were just published!
According to the EPA and Chevrolet themselves, the new second generation 2016 Volt is capable of delivering up to 53 miles total on EV range only–a 40 percent increase over the first generation model.
This range is expected to cater a wide variety of owners and their average distance traveled for daily commutes, according to Chevy.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is also expected to return the equivalent to 106 MPGe and should the battery run low on electric power, the range-extending gas motor can provide up to a total driving distance of 420 miles on one full tank. That mill, GM’s latest 1.5L unit, is in no way connected directly to the car’s driveline and can provide up to 42 MPG in combined average figures.
For the press blast, check it out after the jump.
The Results Are In: More Range for the 2016 Volt
EPA-estimated pure electric range is 53 miles
The Volt’s all-new second-generation Voltec extended-range electric propulsion system delivers 53 miles of pure EV range, based on EPA testing. That is nearly a 40-percent improvement over the first-generation Volt.
Chevrolet expects many next-generation Volt owners will use power solely from their batteries 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.
Data shows that drivers of the first-generation Volt achieved, and often exceeded, the published EPA-estimated mileage. Chevrolet expects the same label-exceeding result with the next-generation Volt.
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