2015 Detroit Auto Show: How The 2016 Chevy Volt Went From 62mpg To 102mpg In A Year

2016 Chevy Volt, 2016 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet did an amazing job and constructed a completely new version of its plug-in hybrid 2015 Chevy Volt for this year and of course made a bunch of big improvements over the previous version. First of all, the shiny new 2016 Chevy Volt is also 243 pounds lighter. This is mostly LG to blame because they completely redesigned their Chem battery pack. What’s also interesting is that the batteries run with a different chemistry in mind. This actually means that the engine will require fewer cells but this will permit higher capacity (18.4 kilowatt-hours versus 17.1 in the previous Volt).

2016 Chevy Volt, 2016 Chevrolet Volt

This means that with the added power comes a boost in the electric-only drive range from 38 miles to an estimated 50 miles. Andrew Farah the Volt’s chief engineer states that the 2015 Chevy Volt owners complete more than 80 percent of their trips without using a drop of gasoline. They also tell the company representatives that they love the electric driving experience.

This was said in a statement released in conjunction with the car’s debut today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The tricky part of the 2016 Chevy Volt ‘s battery pack is that it has a whole new place to sit in. It’s positioned in the lower part of the vehicle, making room for one more seat in the rear for a total of five. Also the guys from Chevrolet claim that this shift has improved the car’s already sporty handling dynamics.

Chevrolet have gone full electric and with this I mean that now the vehicle has not one but two electric motors.This gives the car faster acceleration than its predecessor. Yes we can talk a little bit about the gasoline engine too, don’t worry. Like the electric motors this one is also newer and more efficient than the 2015 model. By itself the 1.5-liter four-cylinder delivers an estimated 41 miles per gallon, versus 37 miles per gallon for the previous Volt.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt outperforms its predecessor, and this is measured using the Environmental Protection Agency’s newer mpg-e standard, which takes into account electric propulsion. It gets 102 mpg-e, versus 62 mpg-e, which is a jump of nearly two-thirds. The design of the Volt is much much meaner than the previous version incorporating even more sophisticated design details, like the texture of the front grille to LED lights daytime running lights in the front bumper.

Chevrolet slightly redesigned the layout and functionality of the dashboard as well. We sure love to have touchscreen controls but they are not always helpful in a car. The previous model had a full touch-sensitive center console, but unlike it the 2016 Chevy Volt decided that this one needs knobs and buttons to control functions like temperature and fan speed. Of course the touchscreen remains intaked but there is also a sweet customizable high-resolution screen behind the steering wheel.)

How much is a chevrolet volt you ask? Well a price tag hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s expect to be similar to that of the current model, which starts at $34,345. We can also expect to see the 2016 Chevy Volt pop up at the dealers in the second half of 2015.

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