The numbers are in and the second-generation Chevrolet Volt will deliver 53 miles of all-electric range.
So just how big of an improvement is the 2016 Chevrolet Volt compared to its predecessor? AutoGuide.com took a closer look at the figures and you might be surprised to see how much money you can save by driving the all-new Volt, even if you currently own the first-generation model.
53 Miles of EV Range
The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is capable of driving up to 38 miles in EV mode, which means the new model gains 15 miles of all-electric driving range. For most owners, they’ll be able to safely commute to and from work emissions free, without having to worry about charging their Volt while at work. If you live in the U.S., there’s some surprising places you can travel to and from without ever having to use a sip of gas:
-Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Palm Beach, Florida – 46.5 miles
-Irvine, California to Los Angeles, California – 39.9 miles
-Princeton, New Jersey to New York – 50.4 miles
-San Francisco, California to San Jose, California – 54.9 miles
1,000 Miles Between Fillups
According to the American automaker, the average 2016 Chevrolet Volt owner could expect to travel well over 1,000 miles between gas fill ups, if they charge regularly. Just how far can that take you now that there’s a decent number of chargers across America? A drive from Atlanta, Georgia, to New York covers 868 miles, but those more daring could go from Phoenix, Arizona, to Dallas, Texas, which is 1,065 miles. Trekking from Jacksonville, Florida, to Dallas, Texas, takes 992 miles while those in Chicago, Illinois, can venture south to Dallas, Texas, in 968 miles. Of course, all those traveling distances are hypothetical and assumes that you’re able to charge the Volt regularly, but for those using it on their daily commute, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will get you an impressive range before you have to stop at the gas station.
How Much Money You Can Save on Gas
Speaking of stopping at a gas station, here’s an idea of how much money you could save with the 2016 Chevrolet Volt compared to the 2015 model.
Let’s pretend that the average cost of gas is $2.63 for regular and you currently own a 2015 Chevrolet Volt, which is rated at 38 miles of all-electric range. If you drive 50 miles a day, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt would never use gas, while the 2015 Volt would consume 12 miles on gas.
Given those numbers, every three days or so a 2015 Chevrolet Volt owner would use a gallon of gas equating to $2.63 or $26.30 a month. Meanwhile, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt owner would never even have to stop at the gas station, taking advantage of the 53-mile all-electric range on a daily basis. Over a year, that would mean about $315.60 in savings.
How Does the Volt Stack Up to Other EVs?
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt gets a combined rating of 106 MPGe versus 98 MPGe for the older model, but that doesn’t paint a full picture. Let’s look at other vehicles on the market and their MPGe values: 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV – 119 MPGe
2015 Fiat 500e – 116 MPGe
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – 116 MPGe
Nissan Leaf – 114 MPGe
Smart fortwo electric drive – 107 MPGe
Kia Soul electric – 105 MPGe
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid – 95 MPGe
Cadillac ELR – 82 MPGe
As you can see, some of the fully electric vehicles on this list offer a better MPGe than the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, but the American automaker’s newest offering bests the Kia Soul electric and Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid. Toyota is working on its next-generation Prius, which will likely have a better MPGe rating, so it’ll be interesting to see how it compares with the Chevrolet Volt, one of its main competitors.