The 2016 Chevrolet Volt Electric Range is Better Than Ever

August 25th, 2015 by

2016 Chevrolet VoltThe Chevrolet Volt has gotten a thorough update for 2016, and not just on the outside. The revolutionary hybrid design gets lighter, more efficient, and more effective. Let’s take a closer look at everything we have to look forward to with the new 2016 Chevy Volt electric range, design, and more!

Power Supply

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will sport twin electric motors, which will be powered by a lithium-ion battery. The battery is shaped like a T and sports 192 Compact Power cells to store 18.4 kWh of power. The electric motor sends power directly to the wheels.

The gasoline engine will be a 1.5L four-cylinder engine and will act to generate electricity, which will then be sent to the battery pack to create a more efficient source of energy than a gasoline motor alone could. However, the gasoline engine will also be able to provide power on its own when the electric motor depletes its charge. The electric motor can function alone and has a range of 50 miles driving solely with the electric motor when fully charged.

Range and Fuel Efficiency

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is slated to produce 149 hp combined, with the gasoline engine adding 101 hp to the electric motor’s power. You’ll also be driving with 294 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficiency is excellent, with 41 combined mpg when using both engines, and the electronic equivalent of 102 mpg (MPGe) when solely using the electric motors. You’ll get a range of 420 miles combined, with the electric motors able to pull 50 miles before the charge is depleted. That’s an increase of 12 miles over the outgoing model

Improvements

The mechanics of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s power source have been improved in nearly every possible way. The gas engine is a new direct-injection aluminum-block construction for a lighter weight by 100 pounds. The engine produces more power at lower RPMs for a more efficient and less noisy engine. The fuel efficiency has been improved as well. The twin electric motors are closer in size to each other than on the 2015 model, which lets them share the generative load more easily.

There are 192 lithium-ion cells instead of the last model’s 288, reducing weight. The cells also create more power, with improved battery chemistry that bumps the voltage up by 1.3 kWh. In addition, the new Regen on Demand feature lets you use regenerative braking with a steering wheel mounted paddle! This recycles energy when you disengage the accelerator.

Test Drive the Latest Chevy Volt Today

Are you ready for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt? For more information, contact the sales staff at Tom Gill Chevrolet and make your way to see us at 7830 Commerce Drive in Florence, Kentucky.