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2016 Chevrolet Volt Will Offer 53 Miles of Electric Range

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/4/2015 Julia LaPalme, The Manufacturer, Kelly Pleskot

General Motors promised that its second-generation Chevrolet Volt would boast greater EV range, providing initial estimates of 50 miles on a single charge. But now we know that the 2016 Volt will offer 53 miles of electric range, up from 38 miles on the current model.

The 53-mile figure is the Volt's official rating based on EPA testing. For those of you doing the math, that rating represents a nearly 40-percent improvement from the outgoing model.

The 2016 Volt features a new 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery that is rated at a combined 106 mpge. When the battery runs low, the Volt utilizes a new 1.5-liter gasoline-powered range-extender that delivers 42 mpg, up from 37 mpg on the current unit. Drivers will be able to travel in the Volt for an estimated 420 miles, up from 380 miles on the current model. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The EPA numbers are slightly higher than GM's initial estimates. For the new Volt, GM originally estimated a 102 mpge rating (electric) and a 41 mpg rating (gas).

2016 Chevrolet Volt Will Offer 53 Miles of Electric Range

GM expects that many owners of the new Volt will derive power solely from their battery pack for more than 90 percent of trips. That means the average Volt owner may be able to travel well above 1,000 miles before filling up with gas if they charge the car regularly, the automaker says.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt goes on sale this fall starting at $33,995.

Source: Chevrolet

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