Chevrolet have revealed a few more details about the forthcoming and hotly anticipated Volt replacement. The American company says they have listened to requests from owners and drivers to deliver, “range, range and more range.”
The all-new second-generation Volt features the Voltec extended-range electric propulsion system, delivering 53 miles of pure EV range (based on EPA testing). That is near a 40 percent improvement over the first-generation Volt.
Chevrolet expects many next-gen Volt owners will use power solely from their batteries for more than 90 percent of trips. Today, statistics show Volt owners use battery power alone for 80 percent of their trips.
To achieve the 53 mile electric range, the new Volt has an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, which when combined with the range extending 1.5-litre petrol unit offers up 106 MPGe on the American rating. When the Volt’s battery runs low, the petrol generator seamlessly extends the driving range to a total of 420 miles on a full tank. Andrew Farah, vehicle chief engineer, said:
“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.”
The next-generation Volt’s new 1.5-litre range-extender uses regular unleaded fuel and 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 and Chevrolet expects the same label-exceeding result with the next-generation Volt.