GM ’s 2nd Gen Plug-in Hybrid, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, is a must-have and many Volt fans said that they were not disappointed. There are a lot of improvements to the new model ranging from its exterior to a system that allows you to extend range beyond the official certification.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is impressive because it managed to reach a balance between enhanced fuel efficiency and range requirements in a fashion that does not make you anxious about your battery going low.
The car is also incredibly silent and the transition from electric power to the gas fuel tank is smoother than in any other electric vehicles. In other EV, you can sense the transition because the engine makes some sounds. It is not the case with the new Volt.
The new model has a new look. It doesn’t look like a full-fledged sports car but it does resemble to a sporty sedan with four doors. It has also retained some external features from the older model including the nice front grille and the hatchback, which fans appreciated so much.
GM designers did borrow some features from Corvette to make the 2016 model look sportier. Fortunately, designers were inspired to remove the nasty plastic strip from the lower end of the windows. That strip was annoying enough to make some buyers to opt for a model with darker colors in an effort to conceal it.
The charging connector was placed on the driver’s side and shines pleasantly in dim light. Plus, the hard lines of the older Chevy were smoothed, giving the car a less rugged look.
The new Volt shed about 130 pounds from its powertrain alone because it made the transition from iron to aluminum. You can get 101 horsepower on unleaded fuel with a 1.5 liter engine, while with the older model you could only get 84 hp with premium gas. When both engines are on, you can get 149 horsepower, according to the car maker.
When there is no electric power left, the car smoothly switches to gas engine. The process is so silent that you will barely notice it. Volt engineers explained that the enhanced higher-compression engine allowed them to lower the rpm.
“And lower rpm translates into lower noise,”
But the icing on the cake, is the new car’s “range extender” feature. GM said that you can hit 53 miles on electric power alone. But carefully timing the gas pedal and breaks, while using the new regen paddle you can get slightly more, drive tests showed. There is also a low mode (“L”) feature that allows Volt drivers to drive 1,000 miles before their gas tank runs empty.
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