Chevrolet’s Volt extended-range electric vehicle is getting a total redesign for the 2016 model year and some important information about it has prematurely surfaced.
The U.S. EPA has officially rated this gasoline-and-battery-powered sedan. It will offer drivers an electric-only range 53 miles, which is 15 more than what’s provided by today’s model.
All told, the 2016 Volt should achieve a fuel-economy rating of 106 MPGe, that’s miles per gallon equivalent, a figure used to rate electric vehicles. Running on straight gasoline, this car should return a fuel-economy score of 42 MPG.
According to Chevrolet, drivers that currently own Volts operate on battery power 80 percent of the time, but with the range increase they expect that figure to grow by 10 percent. Taking advantage of the car’s on-board batteries and plug-in capability, the bow-tie brand estimates owners will be able to go 1,000 between fill-ups.
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The 2016 Volt is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that provided 101 horses. For electron storage it features an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s five and a half feet long and weighs 405 pounds, 20 pounds less than its predecessor.
The car’s battery assembly is certainly quite heavy, but fortunately engineers have managed to reduce the Volt’s overall weight by nearly 250 pounds.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt starts right around $34,000. This price does not include any federal tax credits, which could be as much as $7,500. This car should go on sale across the U.S. this fall.
[Source: GM Authority]
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