The 2016 Chevy Volt has taken the next step towards proving itself as a leader in the current Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) market. Offering up to 50 miles of EV-only range as well as room for five passengers, enhanced luxury amenities, more power, better handling and a quieter ride, the new Volt brings improved real-world functionality.
Watch Emme Hall’s interview with General Motors’ Executive Chief Engineer of Electrified Vehicles Pam Fletcher below, to discover almost everything you ever wanted to know about the 2016 Chevy Volt:
Highlights of the 2016 Chevy Volt include a new two-motor drive unit which GM claims is up to 12 percent more efficient and 100 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The design, they said, foster 19-percent-stronger 0-30 MPH acceleration.
The engine has been replaced with a new 1.5-L range-extender unit, which is designed to run on regular unleaded fuel. Combined efficiency is rated at 41 MPG, although an official EPA estimate is pending.
Additionally, battery capacity has increased to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (92 fewer than the current generation), despite weight of the pack having been reduced by over 20 pounds.
A new feature, “Regen on Demand,” enables driver control of energy regeneration via a convenient paddle on the back of the steering wheel.
The 2016 Chevy Volt goes on sale in the second half of 2015.
For more information, watch the full reveal of the 2016 Chevy Volt live from the Detroit Auto Show below: