2016 Volt to Get 53 Miles of Electric Range

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Chuck Chuck on Aug 04, 2015

    What's with the strange indents in the side of Chevy cars coming out soon, including the Malibu? They look like they were in an accident

  • J J on Oct 01, 2015

    Funny thing, I own a 2012 Volt, have a 240 Volt charger in my garage to plug in. Very recently I have been getting more mile range with a full charge than ever. Is the mile range related to the type of driving, perhaps? I am stating what the car states, when I unplug from a charge. If a full charge it has been the highest ever at 52 miles, 48 miles, but winter has been much lower. Was there some way that GM could tweek the MPG via software for a 2912??? Just wondering. Love it!!!