The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the second generation Chevrolet Volt with an estimated electric range of 53 miles (85.3 km).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the second generation Chevrolet Volt with an estimated electric range of 53 miles (85.3 km).

 

Looking significantly better than its predecessor, the new Volt is also considerably more efficient as EPA testing has showed an improvement in electric range of almost 40%. While owners of the outgoing Volt drive their cars in electric mode for 80% of the trips, Chevrolet estimates new Volt owners will rely on electric power for as much as 90% of the time.

 

The electric juice comes from a newly developed 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and together with the gasoline tank it provide the Volt with a total range of 420 miles (676 km). Based on Chevrolet's calculations, the owner of a second-gen Volt will fill up the gas tank after covering more than 1,000 miles (1,609 km) if the batteries are charged regularly.

 

Aside from being more frugal, the new Volt is also faster as the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) takes 8.4 seconds which makes it 7% quicker than before while top speed stands at 98 mph (157 km/h).

It's programmed to go on sale in the following months from $26,495 (including $7,500 federal tax credit), but those who live in California will be able to purchase the 2016 Volt from just $24,995 thanks to the additional local incentives.

 

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2016 Chevrolet Volt rated at 53-mile electric range