GM Officially Announce EPA Range Ratings For The 2016 Chevrolet Volt At 53 Miles - Says Many Drivers Will Go Even Farther

GM Officially Announce EPA Range Ratings For The 2016 Chevrolet Volt At 53 Miles - Says Many Drivers Will Go Even Farther

Yesterday we reported that General Motors had solidified its EPA range and efficiency ratings on the next generation, 2016 Chevrolet Volt and would shortly announce those results.  Today, it is official.

2016 Chevrolet Volt - Now Getting 3.6 kW Boosts

2016 Chevrolet Volt - Now Getting 3.6 kW Boosts

And as GM puts it, they are giving the customer what they want - more range.

The Volt’s all-new second-generation Voltec extended-range electric propulsion system delivers 53 miles of pure EV range, based on EPA testing. That is nearly a 40-percent improvement over the first-generation Volt.

As for the extended range gas efficiency, the 2016 model improves to 42 MPG, up from 37 in the outgoing generation car.  Further bonus to the pocket book, 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. We are confident that the 2016 Volt delivers both.” - Andrew Farah, vehicle chief engineer

GM also notes that 2016 Volt drivers who charge regularly can expect to get more than 1,000 miles between fill-ups, as well as quite often best the 53 mile rating the car has been bestowed with by the EPA.

"Data shows that drivers of the first-generation Volt achieved, and often exceeded, the published EPA-estimated mileage. Chevrolet expects the same label-exceeding result with the next-generation Volt."

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt base MSRP also starts more than $1,000 lower (@$33,995) than the car it replaces today, while the optioned-out LTZ trim level beings at $38,435 (details).

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.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Timeline - National Order Banks Open In October. California And Most Other CARB States Open Already

2016 Chevrolet Volt Timeline - National Order Banks Open In October. California And Most Other CARB States Open Already

GM Press Blast on 2016 Chevrolet Volt

The Results Are In: More Range for the 2016 Volt

-EPA-estimated pure electric range is 53 miles

DETROIT – The 2016 Volt is engineered to offer customers more of what they want: range, range and more range.

The Volt’s all-new second-generation Voltec extended-range electric propulsion system delivers 53 miles of pure EV range, based on EPA testing. That is nearly a 40-percent improvement over the first-generation Volt.

Chevrolet expects many next-generation Volt owners will use power solely from their batteries for more than 90 percent of trips. Today, Volt owners use battery power on 80 percent of their trips.

This means the average Volt owner could expect to travel well over 1,000 miles between gas fill ups, if they charge regularly.

For the first 53 miles, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its new 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery, rated at a combined 106 MPGe, or gasoline equivalent. 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.

“We listened to our customers,” said Andrew Farah, vehicle chief engineer, “They were very clear when they told us that they wanted more range, and a fun driving experience behind the wheel. We are confident that the 2016 Volt delivers both.”

The next-generation Volt’s new 1.5L range-extender, designed to use regular unleaded fuel, offers a combined EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 42 MPG.

Data shows that drivers of the first-generation Volt achieved, and often exceeded, the published EPA-estimated mileage. Chevrolet expects the same label-exceeding result with the next-generation Volt.

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