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Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet Volt
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Chevrolet Volt Overview

The Volt electric car has a backup engine to extend its typical 35-mile electric range. It is quick, quiet, and responsive, with a taut ride. Once the lithium-ion battery is depleted, the 1.4-liter engine acts as a generator to extend the range by 315 miles. Recharging take 4 hours using a 240-volt supply and 10 hours with 120 volts. We averaged the equivalent of 99 mpg in electric mode and 32 mpg when it switched over to gasoline. The four-seat capacity limits practicality, the rear seat is cramped, and visibility is poor. For 2015, the battery storage capacity is increased from 16 kWh to 17.1, likely leading to more EV-only miles. Reliability has been average.

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