2016 Chevrolet Volt: 70 Miles on a Charge — The Range Wars Begin Again
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on December 31, 2015
Longtime readers may remember our 2011 Chevrolet Volt long-term test car. You may also remember that Magrath and I got into a cut-throat maximum range competition. I ended up winning that no-holds-barred geek-off with an all-electric run of 54.6 miles, a figure that exceeded that Volt's 35-mile electric range rating by a full 56 percent.
My commute tends to have the right conditions for prolonged EV range; primarily, slow-and-go freeway traffic that never quite stops, never quite gets going faster than 50 or 55 mph. So I applied all the lessons I learned driving the old Volt and promptly went 70 miles on a full charge in our new 2016 Chevrolet Volt on my first attempt.
Your move, Magrath.
I fully expect that number to fall. Seventy miles in the new Volt is not as impressive as 54.6 miles was in the old one. The new Volt's rated EV range is 53 miles on a charge, a very useful and transformative increase of 18 miles. What this means, though, is that I only beat the new rating by 32 percent.
But I don't need to break down the numbers to know there's more in there. It felt like I could do better. I have almost a year to find out.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 210 miles