EPA has announced the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will provide an estimated 53-mile electric range and has a 106 MPGe rating. This represents an improvement of almost 40% compared to the model it replaces and enables the model to provide a maximum range of 420 miles with the gas tank full. If the batteries are charged regularly, Chevrolet says a 2016 Volt owner will fill up the gasoline tank once every more than 1,000 miles and they believe 90% of the trips are going to rely on electric power, unlike the outgoing model which is being driven 80% of the time in electric mode.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is equipped with a newly developed lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of 18.4 kWh and can be fully recharged in around 13 hours when using a 120V outlet or in only 4.5 hours with a 4.5V source.
It’s not only more efficient than the model it replaces, but also quicker as the 0-60 mph run is done in 8.4 seconds which is a 7% improvement while the top speed is 98 mph.
Chevrolet will start selling the new Volt in the near future and they are asking $26,495 if you take into account the $7,500 federal tax credit. In California, there are other incentives available which lower the starting price to $24,995.