The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can run on pure electricity for 53 miles on a single charge, nearly 40 percent more than the first-generation Volt. Image courtesy of GM Global Media.

2016 Volt All-Electric Range Expands to 53 Miles

If you buy a hybrid car, you will have opportunities to use electric-only mode.  Creeping in slow or crawling traffic.  City or urban traffic conditions.  There will be others, but these immediately come to mind.  The advantage of a hybrid over an electric only is that the gasoline or diesel engine makes range less an issue.  At the same time, the more you can use electric, the less gas you’ll have to buy.  It is truly the transportation equivalent of having your beer and drinking it too.  Or was that cake?

Anyway, the people at Chevy have found ways to extract more range from the 2016 Volt battery.

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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