2016 Chevy Volt: Updated for Second Generation

October 8th, 2015 by

Volt battery outline

Entering its sophomore generation, Chevy is proud to announce the Volt is done its growing pains.  After being fully redesigned and updated for the 2016 model year, Chevy has listened to every critique and addressed every comment.

Take notice, Chevy Albany! The 2016 Volt is almost ready for its debut and we’re happy to announce this electric hybrid is not just what we expected, but more!

The Reviews Are In

While it’s immediately more sporty in appearance than others in its class, reviews say its more fun to drive. Having recently dropped 200 pounds, it has become a lot more fun to drive. The lost weight contributes to an aggressive throttle that delivers more power leading to a quicker performance.  

EcoTec Engine

Adding to 2016 Volt is a slightly larger 1.5L EcoTec engine.  Being that the previous engine was a 1.4L and had issues with noise, vibration and harshness when operating under gas power, Chevy chose a slightly larger engine. The new 1.5L EcoTech engine has the ability to produce the power it needs to run at lower engine speeds.

Running on a new generation of EcoTec engines that were designed to waste less energy, reducing noise, they can also be powered by fuel which was a specific request by previous Volt drivers that Chevy addressed.

Overachieving

2016 Chevrolet Volt

When Chevy originally set out to update the Volt, they said “50 miles or more” running on electric alone. The 2016 Volt gets 53 miles.  

When Chevy said they aimed to improve fuel economy, they said “at least 40 miles”. As you guessed it, the 2016 Volt now gets 42 miles per gallon.

These numbers combined gives the Volt an efficiency rating of 106 MPGe (MPGe = miles per gallon of equivalent which measures the distance a car can travel electrically on the same amount of energy as contained in one gallon of gasoline.).  

Winning Range

A fully charged battery will get 106 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). Once the electric power is used up, the gas engine works together with the electric drive system to team up and produces still a more efficient fuel economy.

The range on the gasoline fueled engine is an EPA combined rating of 42 miles. On average, the Chevy Volt user won’t see a gas station except for around every 1,000 miles or so. Currently, GM predicts about 80% of the Volt is run on battery.  

The 2016 Chevy Volt will start at $33,170 which is lower than its current MSRP of $34,170.  

Of course, once you take out the state and federal tax credits for the support of lower emissions, the price can be lowered as much as $9,000 making it a very affordable $24,170.  

 

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