Chevy Volt’s all-new second-generation Voltec extended-range electric propulsion system delivers 53 miles of pure EV range, based on EPA testing, a 40 percent improvement over the first Volt.
The extended range gas efficiency for the 2016 model improves to 42 MPG, up from 37 mpg and premium gas is no longer required.
Combined efficiency comes in at 106 MPGe.
“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,” said Andrew Farah, vehicle chief engineer. “We are confident that the 2016 Volt delivers both.”
When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range for a total of 420 miles on a full tank.
The US Environmental Protection Agency rates the BMW i3 REx at 72 miles on full electric mode and 39 MPG when using the two cylinder gasoline engine. MPGe combined is 117 and the total range comes to 150 miles.
In comparison, the US EPA says the BMW i3 BEV has a range of 81 miles with a combined MPGe of 124 (138 MPGe City, 111 MPGe Highway).
The Volt is expected to arrive in late September/early October for Californians (and possibly for some select CARB-friendly states), with national order books opening in November.[Source: InsideEVs]