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Chevrolet 2016 Volt's EPA label boasts 53-mile EV range

Chevy's second-generation Volt RE-EV improves both its stated electric and gasoline-powered efficiency.

The 2016 Volt will boast nearly a 40 percent improvement in EV range. Chevrolet/

When Chevrolet announced its 2016 Volt at the 2015 Detroit auto show, the automaker said the range-extender EV would boast a more efficient powertrain, with more electric range, than the first-generation model . Today, the automaker backs up that claim with an EPA sticker.

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.