2016 Chevrolet Volt Caught Testing – Video

APR 13 2015 BY JAY COLE 20

First Look At The 2016 Chevrolet Volt In The Wild

First Look At The 2016 Chevrolet Volt In The Wild

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt won’t be in customer’s hands until sometime around September, but with preproduction cars already built earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before they were spotted in the wild around their Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan.

InsideEVs reader Dan L. sent us in this video of the next Chevy Volt out testing 20 miles north of GM’s facility.

Fun Bonus: The raw video footage was taken from the front seat of a 2013 Volt.

Although not seen really in the video, Dan adds that the “black car in the distance (behind the 2016) is another Gen 1 Volt.  For a short period, we had 3 Volts in a row traveling south on US-23.”

GM states that the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will achieve an estimated EPA rating of 50 miles of range from a larger, but lighter 18.4 kWh battery. Extended range fuel efficiency is 41 mpg (combined city/highway), with an overall 102 MPGe rating.  0-60 comes up in 8.3 seconds.

Our thanks to Dan L. for sending the above video in!

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I think it is a good looking car. I was doing my taxes last night and had to skip the 13,500$ worth of deductions between the Feds and Colorado. I don’t see that happening next year. 🙂

Don’t you mean credits?


GM is actually giving 2016 pre-production cars to some employees to drive home. One GM employee got so excited she posted pics of the white 2016 in her garage and driveway. When she posted on Facebook, she got so many replies and attention – I fear she may have been told to take it off.

So this might not be a tester at all, but an employee driving home.

In all fairness, the Volt driver who caught the white 2016 was rightly concentrating on his driving more than the video – and with hand on the wheel, it is harder to hold a phone horizontally for a proper video. It’s praiseworthy he got anything at all, and kept safe.

That covered, here is a very needed informational video for the cellphone-impaired. 🙂 Very funny – worth clicking on. You’ll be glad you did.


Is it me or does the front end look a little too low?


Yeah…I was thinking the same. Some odd suspension going on there.

Looks like the pics to me?

The belt-line rises up aggressively, which I think we could tell from the prototype. That makes it look like the car is diving, a bit.

Saw it in NYC, Saturday. Thinking less Civic (front and rear valance) and was more caught by its small size. It makes the Chrysler 200 look big. Conversely, the new Cadillac CT6 is cavernous (read – lots of PHEV battery room). We’ll soon see.

I had to look up some 2016 Volt pics, and while I think the white one in the video above does have the same belt line as the blue ones in the pics, it looks more pronounced in the video. I think that might be a function of the drive-by in the video plus the car color. The blue (and the show floor lighting) tend to obscure the crease of the belt line a bit.

But overall, I think it’s a really nice looking car, and I hope GM’s biggest problem is keeping up with demand. And I hope the dealers who shunned the Volt until now and suddenly want to jump on the bandwagon are the last to get allocation.

I think that’s an illusion created by the raked beltline from front to rear, the high deck, and the black lower rear fascia.

It looks like a Civic!

JK – no it doesn’t. 🙂

Looks like a Prius Killer.

That pre-production Volt is actually black and gold, not white. How are you guys not seeing it? 😉

You mean you see that white Volt as gold???

You’re kidding, right?

This is all over Twitter now #thevolt

I saw a PV build 2016 Volt about 2 weeks ago at 15 Mile and Van Dyke in Sterling Heights (a couple miles from the GM tech center). I almost rear ended another car trying to get my phone out to get a picture or video. Unfortunately, it got away before I could snap the picture…


Vertical videos..our friend had EX 45 of the new Volt, she should have made an in depth video.

Dr. Miguelito Loveless

1) The fact that the pesron taking the video was in a 2013 Volt is a coincidence, not irony.

2) People should not be allowed to have phones with cameras if the don’t know how to use them.