2016 Chevrolet Volt: Interesting Facts You Need to Know

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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.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Volt to Get 53 Miles of Electric Range

53 Miles of EV Range

2016 Chevrolet VoltThe 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

2016-chevrolet-voltAccording 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.

Discuss this story at our Chevrolet Volt Forum
  • Bryce

    With my 2013 Volt I’m getting 2000 miles out of 8 gallons of gas. Beat that Prius

  • Asa

    Hi guys, why you don’t say that gas must be exchang in tank because degardiation after time… open your car owners manual & go ASAP to petrol station 🙂

  • Koenigsegg

    The gas in the Volt is monitored and filtered, there is no need to go to a “petrol station”. Gas is the past.

    I have a 2014 Volt and am upgrading to a Tesla very soon.

  • Brad Barefoot

    The year 2013 … I took delivery on my Ford C-Max Hybrid. Gas was well above the $3 per gallon range in NC. Then the Volt was in the $40K range … the C-Max Energi (one model above mine) was in the $32K range. My C-Max (named Herbie) was the SE with a few options and with tax was about $28K at retail, with a final cost of around $26K. I learned to drive the Hybrid Way meaning slow starts an stops, turned on all the economy settings. Today it’s 2015 and I average 52 to 55 mpg around town an a steady 46 to 49 mpg on interstate driving. Now I daily drive into town for morning classes and the drive is about 8 miles round trip, routinely I drive 4.3 miles on the battery. Nearly 51% of all the miles on Herbie have been on the battery. So the Volt’s hyped 53 miles on a charge before the engine fires is basically nothing. And I looked at a Focus the same year equipped like Herbie, the cost was about $2,900,00 less. In the first 11,000 miles at the price gas was at the time I got back that $2,900,00. I work from home, and my average fuel cost is about $20 per month, on average I drive around 500 miles a month. I guess what I’m getting at is that you don’t need a Volt an it’s hefty price tag to get good fuel economy.

  • multilis

    My electric bike with 2 x 12V 100AH deep cycle batteries towed in trailer behind has more range than the new Chevy Volt. After you run out of electric power you can still peddle it. ;P

    (Yes it takes several times as long to get there. But it does show potential for a “golf car” like electric vehicle as alternative for short trips, similar to horse and buggy speeds of 100 years ago at a price many times cheaper than cheapest auto… which for some people would be enough)

  • Jeff T

    The Volt has a gas motor as well so you can keep going after the range is gone. Hence why it doesn’t have 300+km range like most electrics will within the next few years.It’s range is meant for people who rarely go outside that window. Also the volt has something called a roof. Unlike a bike you can arrive to work while it is raining and remain dry. Helps keep frostbite to a minimum during winter as well.

    There is a vehicle in Europe called the G-wiz. Kind of like an electric golf cart. It is terribly unsafe, zero features, and slow.




  • philip d

    Hefty price tag? The new improved gen 2 Volt has a msrp with destination included of $33,995. And because it has a larger battery it qualifies for the $7,500 fed tax incentive bringing it down to $26,495.

    The C-Max Energi has an MSRP of $31,770 without destination . Add that in and it starts at around $32,570 but it doesn’t qualify for the full federal tax incentive because of the smaller battery. It only gets a $3,750 tax incentive which brings it down to $28,820.

    The C-Max Hybrid that you have is like a Prius or Camry Hybrid which have a much smaller battery that doesn’t plug and therefore doesnt qualify for any federal tax incentives. The C-Max hybrid MSRP is $24,170 without destination. With destination it starts at around $25,000.

    So it turns out the Volt is cheaper by far if you calculate initial purchase and operating cost over the life of ownership since the Volt will be driven on cheaper electricity for about 90% of miles driven on average.

    “I learned to drive the Hybrid Way meaning slow starts an stops, turned on all the economy settings.” “on average I drive around 500 miles a month. ” “Nearly 51% of all the miles on Herbie have been on the battery”

    So this is why the Volt is a better solution. First very few people drive only 6000 miles a year. And second most people don’t want to drive like a hyper-miler. With my current 2013 Volt I drive 11,000 miles a year with 92% of those all electric. With the longer range of the new Volt it will be even more. And even better that’s with driving however I want since it has full performance in pure EV mode unlike the C-Max hybrid and Energi.

  • Brad Barefoot

    phillip d. Think 2013 pricing, as I did. Before the obama rebate the Volt’s were selling in my area for around $40K with the rebate, Thus a hefty price at the time for a new, unproven model. If you’d read the article you’d seen the pricing was based on 2012/2013 numbers … not 2015. As I now work from home, yes about 500 miles a month is normal. In 2013 when I finished up my term at the NC Legislature I was driving around 400 miles a week. Don’t miss the Raleigh traffic at all.