WASHINGTON – The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car delivers a 53-mile range in electric mode, according to the EPA, an improvement that is expected to be a major selling point for car shoppers.
The EPA said the Volt has a total driving range of 430 miles, more than GM’s original estimated total driving range of approximately 400 miles.
Fuel efficiency in gasoline mode for the 2016 Volt is 42 mpg, the EPA said, with an efficiency rating of 106 MPGe or miles per gallon equivalent.
In comparison, the 2015 Volt delivers a 38-mile range in electric mode and has a total driving range of 380 miles.
Fuel efficiency in gasoline mode for the 2015 Volt is 37 mpg, with an efficiency rating of 98 MPGe.
The second-generation Volt will be in Chevrolet dealerships by the end of the year.
An all-new drive system for the Volt consists of dual electric motors (the first-generation Volt used a single motor) that work individually or in tandem to drive the front wheels. A new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine serves as a generator to charge the Volt’s lithium-ion batteries once their initial charge is depleted.
Key Volt competitors include the Ford C-Max Energi, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius Plug-in.
The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday noted that gasoline prices are continuing to drop. The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is pegged at $2.39 versus $3.43 a year ago.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers who are concerned about pump prices will be impressed by the 2016 Volt’s electric range and fuel economy improvement.