Test Drives: 2016 Chevrolet Volt Goes Further Than Expected In Electric-Only Mode
Wired.com posted a test drive review of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. It’s perhaps the only largely negative review of the 2016 Volt out there.
The intro paragraphs set us up for what’s to come. It opens with a faulty discussion on the failure of the first-generation Volt:
“When it hit the market in 2010, sales were disappointing. Its engine required premium fuel. It had room for just four people. It cost $41,000. It could only go 38 miles on electric power. Sure, it was enough to cover 80-percent of trips Americans make, but it just didn’t live up to the hype.”
“Then Nissan came out with the affordable, all-electric Leaf. Tesla made electric driving thrilling with the luxury Model S. Ford, BMW, Porsche, and Toyota introduced their own plug-in electric hybrids. All of a sudden, the Volt wasn’t special anymore.”
Most of us would likely stop reading right there, but some of us who read on find this discussion on all electric range of the 2016 Volt:
“One upgrade matters more than any other: The Volt has a greatly improved range that will let it go 53 miles on nothing but electricity. In a July test drive, I did even better, covering 54.9 miles in electric mode. That’s despite spending much of the drive on the highway at 65 or 70 mph, the speed at which EV range tends to fall off steeply.”
So, the 2016 Volt, even when driven by a pessimistic journalist, beats its published electric range figures!
Wired.com isn’t the only site to post on the 2016 Volt’s electric range. As Autoweek states:
“Jumping into our first 2016 Volt, the range readout before we left promised 52 miles on batteries alone. Driving conservatively (but not hypermiling) over mostly flat ground -– one pass was 1,808 feet high –- we managed 54 miles before the gasoline engine kicked in. On the next “tankful” of battery we got 61.5 miles in EV mode, but that was downhill for most of the first 10 miles, so maybe saying 51 miles would be more accurate there.”
And Motor Trend writes:
“A few weeks earlier I’d driven the car from San Jose to Monterey and back along with several other journalists, and I actually got the worst EV range of anybody there—and that was still 49 miles. Yes, driving like a nut. Some got upward of 57.”