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 feels quick, quiet, and responsive, with a taut ride. It only seats four, 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, an improved control layout, and a center rear seating position.

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