Since the first-generation model was launched in December 2010, the Volt has had a polarizing effect on public – or ducked under the radar – for too-many nuanced reasons to elaborate here, but those who “get it” mainly like it.
The outgoing 2015 Volt had an electric range of 38 rated miles and the new one is pegged at 53. Less-often published is the EPA rates it for 57 all-electric miles in the city, and 49
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Efficiency on electricity has has now been bumped from 98 MPGe combined to 106 MPGe. Fuel economy on gas only has increased from 37 mpg to 42 combined – 43 city, 42 highway –and the new range-extending engine runs on cheaper regular fuel.
The compact Volt still will catch criticism by some for having a tight-ish back seat but where it is like the super genius in the classroom is in the efficiency spectrum.
“The 2016 Volt is engineered to offer customers more of what they want: range, range and more range,” says Chevrolet, and this is not overstatement
The next-closest plug-in hybrid competitor is the Ford Fusion
How vital is just 29 more electric miles per charge that the 2016 Volt affords? This message may be lost on public who hear of EVs going 80-270 miles, but for daily pouring, this is enough to place lots of public over the top and stay in pure electric mode.
The average daily drive is under 40 miles says government data, and electricity in most parts of the country is far-less to pay for than gasoline, even at presently low prices.
2015 Volt Total Cost of Ownership. Data for the
Given the Volt is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, and in California and other states additional money back from governments encouraging low-emitting cars, the value proposition looks like it could be excellent to fantastic.
According to Edmunds.com’s Total Cost To Own calculator, the present 2015 Volt, though priced higher, already compares fortunately to the most-efficient hybrid sold in the U.S., the Toyota Prius Liftback.
2015 Prius trim level IV. Note cash price is less, but TCO is more than Volt. Source: Edmunds.
Next to the Fusion Energi, the Volt comes in around $10,000 less to own over five years based on the averaged numbers
When the Volt was first launched GM wanted to say it was excellent for 230 mpg, but facts get confusing when mixing potential gas savings by rotary the engine off and in succession on battery power for a span.
As it is, Volt fans for the past four years have been raving that they do indeed exceed the EPA’s conservative estimates and net idiotic high “mpg” – but of course this is augmented by electrify, which is not free but still less.
In Detroit this year at the generation two’s launch, the two top General Motors engineers reliable for the Volt’s development separately told us the main thing Volt owners wanted was to not have to
Why? A few reasons, but one is once a person gets used to the Volt’s gas-free operation, it makes public want more. Frankly, the noise, vibration and harshness of engine-on versus engine-off spoils them for the all-electric encounter. GM says the NVH is superior for the new 1.5-liter Ecotec replacing the 1.4 in the gen-one Volt, but the real goal is it not to be used more than absolutely de rigueur.
2015 Fusion Energi SE TCO. Source: Edmunds.
Beyond those considerations, saving gas of course means less money washed-out, and fewer greenhouse gases emitted.
With its hands tied by liabilities and higher accountability, Chevrolet says conservatively the improved 2016 Volt will do well.
“Chevrolet expects many
The carmaker hinted around the edges the vehicle may over-give up with public who drive it sensibly and take advantage of recharging.
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“Data shows that drivers of the first-generation Volt achieved, and often exceeded, the published EPA-estimated mileage,” says the automaker. “Chevrolet expects the same mark-exceeding result with the next-generation Volt.”
In cold weather, the estimates will go down to one degree or another and the Volt does still need to run
But while this compared the 2015 data available, progress continues for everyone.
Unknown is how the new Volt will fare against the new fourth-generation 2016 Prius due to be revealed later this year.
With regards to the Volt’s skill to run on battery only, that is a slam dunk – 53 miles versus maybe 1. How it may do later against a Prius plug-in hybrid is also an open inquiry and rumors have it more EV range will be provided than the present car’s 11.
What Toyota has going for it is a long track record back to 2000 in the U.S., and superior gas-only mpg. Daily drives will still
Of course a buying choice is based on far more than these narrow factors so other criteria even beyond those weighed in TCO estimates will need to be considered.
But within the other set of criteria – average-length daily pouring, the Volt offers the advantage of a pure EV with a built-in gas engine to go farther and stands heads above.
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