Chevrolet struggled this year with sales of the plug is hybrid Volt. In April, sales were so slow for the vehicle that Chevy halted production of the car for four weeks to allow unsold stock to move on dealerships around the country. Chevy hopes that the new 2016 Volt will woo more buyers with its improved efficiency and longer electric driving range.
The EPA fuel efficiency numbers are in for the 2016 Volt and the car has a 106 MPGe rating. It will have a 53 mile driving range on electricity alone. That is significant because it will allow many people to do all of their daily driving on electricity alone. The 53-mile driving range on electricity is about 40% better than the older version of the Volt.
The interesting part is with 40% less electric driving range in the old car, Chevy says Volt drivers were still doing about 80% of their mileage on electric power alone. With significantly more range, that number should improve. The better range comes thanks to a larger battery in the 2016 Volt.
The new battery is an 18.4-kilowatt hour lithium ion battery, the previous version of the Volt used a 17.1 kWh battery pack rated for 98 MPGe. The internal gas generator motor is a 1.5L four cylinder capable of 42 mpg on its own. Driving range for the Volt with a full tank of fuel is 420 miles.