Consumers will be able to squeeze more juice out of the 2016 Volt.
Chevrolet has announced that the second generation of its plug-in electric hybrid sedan can travel 53 miles on electric power before its gas-powered engine kicks in.
That’s well up from the 38-mile range offered on the first-generation Volt.
Chevrolet estimates that the small four-door, four-person vehicle will also get 42 miles per gallon fuel economy on the highway under gas power alone.
In total, the new Volt will be able to achieve a miles-per-gallon-equivalent rating of 106, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The company said in making the announcement that many Volt owners will be able to use the vehicle for 90% of their daily driving, and can expect to drive enormous distances between visits to the gas station if they consistently recharge their vehicles between trips.
“This means that the average Volt owner may expect to travel well over 1,000 miles between gas fill-ups, if they charge regularly,” the company said.
With a full battery and a full tank of gas, the Volt will have a range of 420 miles, Chevy said. That’s up from an estimated 380 miles on the 2015 model.
Chevrolet previously announced that the 2016 Volt would also sell for less than the 2015 car, with a starting MSRP of about $33,170, before federal and state tax credits that can reduce to cost of the vehicle as much as $9,000.
That could boost sales for the admired but not wildly popular plug-in. Sales of the current model were just over 1,300 units for the month of July.
The combination of a longer range and a lower price should mean better sales, said John O’Dell, fuel efficiency specialist at the online car-buying site Edmunds.com.
“This will certainly help sales,” O’Dell said. “The 53 miles of all electric range could make a lot of people very happy.”
Chevy parent General Motors announced this year that it was developing an all-electric plug-in car, to be called the Bolt. The car will travel 200 miles between charges and sell in the low $30,000 range, after government incentives, GM executives said. The spacious four-door hatchback will go on sale in 2017.
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