The all-new Chevrolet Volt is arriving in December and seems ready to give Tesla's Model S a run for its money in the electric hybrid car space.
The second-generation Chevy Volt received high praise for the improvements it brings over its predecessor, sporting notable refinements on all fronts. Most early reviewers agree that the American Chevy Volt stands out from the crowd, setting itself apart from other electric vehicle offerings.
"With its all-new 1.5L direct-injected, high-efficiency engine, Volt is the electric car with a backup plan. It runs on an electric charge and generates additional electric power through a gas-powered generator when the battery runs out - giving you the confidence to go as far as you want," touts Chevrolet.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt draws power from two electric motors working together to increase efficiency, as well as conserve electricity, thus delivering responsive power and torque.
The new model is silent and powerful both as an electric car and as a regular one, and is able to deliver up to 101 horsepower although it has an engine of just 1.5 liters. Using the two engines at the same time, meanwhile, will boost horsepower up to 149, but the car will still remain silent. Chevrolet notes that the lower rpm rates of the direct-injection engine with higher compression have also played an important role in reducing the noise.
The new Chevy Volt can recharge in 4.5 hours with a 240-volt charging station and provide up to 53 pure electric miles powered by that electricity. When the electricity finally runs out, the 1.5L direct-injected, high-efficiency engine is ready to take over. The two engines together can provide a range of up to 420 miles with a full charge and a full tank of gas. The hybrid can go from 9 to 60 in just 8.4 seconds, but will top out at a 98 mph speed limit.
Despite being an electric hybrid car, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt retains the massive aspect of other Chevrolet sedans, albeit it does feature some sportier accents.
When it comes to pricing and availability, the all-new Chevy Volt starts at $33,995 and is set to arrive this December.