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If you weren't already aware, we're sort of fans of the original Chevrolet Volt. It rarely needs to take on more fuel, but it does have the benefit of completely eliminating the sort of range anxiety one might have with a pure EV. Additionally, its low center of gravity actually allows it to corner fairly flatly. Now there's a new version set to take on the world, and this new 2016 Volt is packing a greater driving range on the electron side of the fuel equation.
The 2011-2012 Chevy Volt was capable of running silently for 35 miles, and the 2013-2015 models upped the electric range to 38 miles. After that, the car would act as a hybrid and start sucking down on some of the fuel in the tank. The new car is reportedly capable of blowing past those marks and deliver an electric range of 53 miles, up from a previously announced 50 miles. Chevy estimates that this will be enough to cover 90 percent of trips that 2016 Volt owners take on a daily basis. That means even less fuel for the already teetotaling Volt.
Once the electric range is used up, the gas engine fires up to work in tandem with the electric drive system. The range on the fuel tank is about 420 miles. Chevy believes that most Volt owners will easily run 1,000 miles at a time between fill-ups. That's a pretty wonderful number for a time when gas prices seem to be on an upward trend. Hell, that's a great number even if gas was under a buck.
(Dang, remember when gas was under a buck? I feel old now...)
Pricing for the 2016 Volt starts at just $33,995, including an $825 destination charge, making the car close to $1,200 cheaper than the outgoing model.