Originally published on Gas2.
Official EPA ratings for the 2016 Chevy Volt are now out. GM lived up to its promise of the new Volt having at least 50 miles of electric range, as the EPA has rated its range at 53 miles. 50 miles is more than enough for ~80% of people on any given day of the year, so I’m sure we’ll see a lot of Volt owners driving on electricity almost the entire time. GM is anticipating that 9/10 trips in the new Volt will be taken entirely on electricity.
Of course, the point of the Volt (compared to the Nissan LEAF, for example), is to give you that boost via a conventional gas tank in the event that you do need to drive more than 53 miles between charges. For such occasions, the Volt still gets an impressive 42 MPG (combined), which even beats a Toyota Prius, the leading conventional hybrid in terms of fuel economy. Honestly, just about anyone considering a Prius should at the very least consider a Volt, imho. When driving on electricity, the 2016 Chevy Volt is rated at 106 MPGe, and the operational savings compared to a conventional car are certainly huge (but they vary a great deal depending on how much you drive, gas prices in your area, gas price fluctuation over time, etc).
Overall, the new Volt is definitely much improved compared to the award-winning and customer-loved first-gen Volt. The original Volt had a fuel economy of 37 MPG on gas and 98 MPGe on electricity, and an electric range of 38 miles. It also had only 4 seats compared to the new Volt’s 5, and many other small improvements have been made as well. And I think it looks much better.
And remember, the new Volt is cheaper, too.
Looking good, GM. When it comes to plug-in hybrids, you are certainly top dog at the moment. Hoping to see you become a serious competitor in the 100% electric category with the Chevy Bolt as well.