Chevrolet has announced the 2013 Volt will be equipped with a larger battery that will enable the model to have a longer electric-only range.

Chevrolet has announced the 2013 Volt will be equipped with a larger battery that will enable the model to have a longer electric-only range.

Boasting a capacity of 16.5 kWh (an increase of 0.5 kWh), the battery allows the model to travel 38 miles (61 km) on electricity alone - a 3 mile (5 km) increase. The car's EPA rating also climbs from 94 MPGe to 98 MPGe, while the overall range increases to 380 miles (612 km).

Unfortunately, the larger battery results in a longer recharging time as GM estimates a full recharge will take 10.5 hours with a 120V outlet and 4.25 hours with a 240V rapid charger.

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2013 Chevrolet Volt gets a larger battery, increased range