Chevrolet Volt

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Chevrolet Volt Overview

An electric car with a backup engine to extend its typical 35-mile electric range, the Volt is quick, quiet, and responsive, with a taut ride. Its four-seat capacity limits practicality, the rear seat is cramped, and visibility is poor. Once the lithium-ion battery is depleted, the 1.4-liter engine acts as a generator to extend the range by 315-miles. We averaged the equivalent of 99-mpg in electric mode and 32-mpg--on premium--when it switched over to gasoline. Recharging takes 4-hours using a 240-volt supply and 10-hours with 120-volts. For 2015, the battery storage capacity is increased from 16-to 17.1-kWh, probably leading to more EV-only miles. Reliability has been average. A 2016 redesign brings increased electric range and an improved control layout.

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