2016 Chevrolet Volt: More Range Than You Might Expect
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on July 29, 2016
It's easy to forget that our 2016 Chevrolet Volt is a hybrid. After all, with anywhere from 50 to 70 miles of electric range, you can drive for an entire day on electricity without even thinking about it.
I was reminded of this recently when I managed to fully deplete the batteries on the backside of a long commute. It's possible to do my 70-mile round trip in EV mode if I really try, but I had a few side trips in between, so the gas engine kicked in about halfway back to the office.
Suddenly I'm looking at the dash you see above. Went from running out the batteries to having over 250 miles of range available. Oh yeah, there's an engine under the hood.
It's easy to miss since it's pretty quiet on the highway. I didn't even notice when it fired up — a far cry from the first-generation Volt, which made a noticeable vibration once it kicked in. The new engine's refinement and efficiency makes this Volt a seriously versatile hybrid that will work well for most drivers, regardless of their particular driving habits.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 11,101 miles