Chevrolet's next-gen Volt has indeed improved its plug-in hybrid electric credentials as the company recently announced that the 2016 Volt has an improved electric range along with better fuel mileage compared to the predecessor.
First revealed during the 2015 North American International Auto Show with a claimed 80km electric range, the US Environmental Protection Agency's test yielded better results as the car was able to go full electric up to 85km. Chevrolet added that this is a 40% improvement over the first-generation Volt which can only run up to 61 km on electric power.
With it, Chevrolet expects that most owners of the next-generation Volt will use the electric power of the car 90% of the time instead of relying on the the gasoline-powered engine. Even more so, Chevrolet added that this will enable owners to travel over 1,600km between trips to the pumps if they charge their Volt regularly.
The 1.5-liter inline-four that is rated at 102 PS will easily average 17.8 km/l. With an 18.4 kWh-lithium ion battery pack and an electric motor that cranks out 151 PS and 389 Nm, the 2016 Volt is capable of having a combined output range of 676 km, a 64 km improvement over the outgoing generation.
“We listened to our customers. They were very clear when they told us that they wanted more range, and a fun driving experience behind the wheel. We are confident that the 2016 Volt delivers both, said Andrew Farah, Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Volt.