The 2016 Chevy Volt: More Powerful & Efficient

By: Scott Davis | January 21, 2015

Chevrolet is packing a whole lot of attitude in its newly debuted hybrid vehicle. The new 2016 Chevy Volt made its first appearance on Monday, Jan. 12 at the North American International Auto Show, and has created a lot of buzz.

The next generation of the Volt brings some major updates from its predecessor. The new model offers up to 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and more powerful acceleration. Thanks to the hybrid’s new, efficient propulsion system, General Motors estimates a total driving range of more than 400 miles.

In addition, by charging the vehicle regularly, owners can expect more than 1,000 miles between gas fill-ups! Although gas is extremely cheap as of late (knock on wood), the 2016 Volt will save you a lot of hassle and quite a few dollars from those pesky gas stations.

The design of the vehicle is different as well. It is sleeker and sportier. The whole car is really quite beauteous. The sculpted exterior is highlighted by flowing lines and a bolder attitude. The design takes into account both aesthetics and aerodynamics from the headlights all the way to the taillights.

As the Volt is an eco-friendly automobile, it is no mystery that the engineers were able to pack more energy into 96 fewer battery cells than that of the previous generation. The battery has a capacity of 18.4 kilowatts per hour (kWh), a seven percent increase (while weighing 21 pounds less) from the previous model.

Another interesting tidbit about the hybrid vehicle: the Volt has a steering wheel-mounted paddle that puts energy back into the battery while simultaneously slowing you down. This is very useful for stop-and-go and coasting scenarios where you need to brake often.

If you still aren’t impressed, the new 1.5 liter Spark Ignited Direct Injection (SIDI) engine provides the same performance as the previous model, but at a lower RPM. This makes the car both powerful and smooth. The hybrid now has more of a balanced dual electric motor design and has shaved 100 pounds from the previous generation. The dual-system drives the wheels directly—allowing for more efficient operation.

Did I mention that the Volt offers an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection that is more powerful than your smartphone? You can connect up to seven devices to the Internet from this hotspot. Seven! There is also an 8-inch diagonal color instrument panel and an 8-inch diagonal center stack display—equipped with Chevy MyLink and a plethora of other applications. Technology has come a long way, eh?

All of this, and seriously so much more is packed into this car. The Volt has made some serious changes for the second generation model. Be on the lookout for the hybrid to hit the market in the coming months.