Jump to content




Second-generation Chevy Volt plugs in for 2016

  • By Zane Merva

    Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com


    After lots of teasing and a small trickle of leaks, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is here. Unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show (North American International Auto Show), the second generation "electric car with extended range" is sportier, sleeker, and more powerful than the outgoing Volt. It also goes farther on one charge than ever before; now 50 miles.

The 2016 Volt will now offer a driving range of over 400 miles, with the company expecting the typical owner to go 1,000 miles between fill-ups. The plug-in vehicle now features a more traditional interior with softer surfaces and more room for passengers.

2016 Chevrolet Volt basic rundown:

  • All new design, inside and out

  • EV range improved to 50 miles (last gen was 35)

  • Volt now seats five passengers (last gen was 4)

  • New two-motor drive unit is 12% more efficient and 100lbs lighter

  • Zero-30mph acceleration is 19% "stronger" at 2.6-seconds

  • Zero-60mph acceleration in 8.4-seconds, a 7% improvement

  • Battery capacity has increased to 18.4kWh using 96 fewer cells than the last generation

  • Battery weight has dropped by 20lbs and has a lower center of mass

  • Regen on Demand feature adapted from Cadillac ELR allows driver to customize regeneration

  • New 1.5L range extender gas engine uses regular fuel and achieves 41mpg on its own

  • New brake system for better feel

  • Stronger body structure

  • Location (GPS) based charging preferences

  • 120V portable charge cord is more compact with a better storage location

  • Charge port is optionally illuminated

  • Chevy MyLink with 8-inch LCD screen

  • 8-inch LCD gauge cluster

  • Standard rear-vision camera

  • Ten standard air-bags

  • Available lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, front automatic braking, and advanced park assist

  • Goes on sale during the second half of 2015

"The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America. "We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allows us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry."

User Feedback

Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.