The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is another contender in the hybrid electric vehicle category that can really quickly win you over with it’s great design and excellent money saver.
It’s a compact car so you shouldn’t expect too much when it comes to speed and performance, but it will surely cut your expenses in half.
The 2016 Volt features a 20-percent increase in battery storage. The average driver can travel as many as 1,000 miles between gasoline fill-ups.
Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle. That is until its plug-in battery drops too low.
Interesting numbers come from the Department of Energy study of PHEV where drivers drove the Volt on battery power for about 66 percent of the time. The engine that worked with gasoline worked only one third of the time.
The new intuitive charging setup on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is designed to make the Volt more attractive against competitors including the Ford C-Max Energi, Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius Plug-in. There’s even a new portable cord set with a longer cord (now at 25 feet) and a small padlock to keep away prying hands.
The plug-in-hybrid and electric vehicles are in demand and a lot of automakers and dealers choose to make and sell these new types. Nissan steps it up the pace with it’s “No Charge to Charge”. The free public charging program at the moments is exclusive for the Nissan Leaf.
The charging system on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has it’s own notifications. What it is really is a special tone that indicates when charging has begun, with additional tones for delayed charging, just like your smartphone.
An updated charge status indicator light on the top of the instrument panel will show the approximate charge level through a series of flashes. The indicator light is visible from outside the car, and is redesigned to be flatter and less conspicuous when not in use.
An optional illuminated charge port makes it easier to plug in after dark and there’s a new storage bin for the cord that’s easier to access. There is an upgrade of the cord in the standard 110-volt charging cord system. The longer cord, was placed under the cargo floor to a concealed storage space on the side of the cargo space. That will make it easier for drivers to reach the cord without having to first remove groceries and other cargo.
While the 2016 Volt still does not have a fast-charging option for 400-volt rapid chargers, It has an onboard charger that now can charge with 3.6 kWh. That means that the latest Volt can be recharged on a 220-volt, Level 2 charger in 4.5 hours, or 15 minutes longer than it takes for the first-generation Volt to recharge a fully depleted battery.