When Chevrolet announced its 2015 Detroit auto show, the automaker said the range-extender EV would boast a more efficient powertrain, with more electric range, than the . Today, the automaker backs up that claim with an EPA sticker.at the
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will boast 53 miles of pure EV range from a full charge of its 18.4-kWh battery pack, according to the EPA tests. That's 15 more miles than the previous model year's stated 38 tailpipe-emissions miles and a nearly 40 percent improvement.
Also up for 2016 is fuel efficiency during and beyond those first 53 miles. The Volt will average a stated 106 MPGe when operating under electric power; that's up from the current model's 98 MPGe. And the new 1.5-liter gasoline engine will do 42 combined MPG when it kicks in to extend the Volt's cruising range to about 420 miles total. Coincidentally, that's also an improvement over the first generation's 380-mile total range.
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt is shaping up to be a significant improvement over the first with its improved exterior design, less alienating cabin and -- most importantly -- the stated improvements to performance and efficiency. The 2016 Volt hits dealerships in the fall of this year.