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Chevrolet Volt MPG


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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt Real Gas Mileage: Pros
2016 From the start, the primary reason to buy either the Chevrolet Volt or the Toyota Prius has been energy efficiency. Which is more efficient depends on how many miles you tend to drive each day. The Volt is a car like no other. It can travel much farther and accelerate much more quickly on electricity alone than other plug-in hybrids. Consequently, it usually operates like a fully electric vehicle (EV). Other plug-in hybrids must rely much more often on their gasoline engines. While the Volt can't travel nearly as far on electricity alone as pure EVs, they don't have a gas engine as a backup. As long as there's a fossil fuel dispensary around you never have to worry about running out of juice in the Volt. How much farther can the new Volt travel on a full charge? GM's engineers enlarged and improved the battery pack, increased the efficiency of the electric motor and transmission, and reduced the car's weight by a massive 240 pounds. These changes increased the car's battery-powered range in the EPA's test from 38 to 53 miles. The 2012-2015 Prius Plug-in Hybrid had a range of only 11 miles even with the gas engine assisting with acceleration. (The upcoming Prius Prime should do better, but will likely still have much less battery-powered range and performance than the Volt.) As in all EVs and plug-ins, though, cold weather or heavy A/C use will significantly reduce the Volt's range. If your drives are rarely long enough to run the Volt's battery down, and you live in an area where the price of electricity is at or below the national average (or discounted at night), the Volt will cost less to operate than the Prius. Be aware that the price of electricity varies far more than the price of gasoline depending on where you live. Also, with gas prices down and the Prius's fuel efficiency up, the advantage of running on electricity isn't as large as it used to be. If your electricity is expensive, the Prius will actually cost less to drive. But will gas prices remain low? If you do need to run the new Volt on gasoline, then it manages very good but not amazing fuel economy, 42 mpg combined in the EPA's tests (up from the 2011-2015's 37 mpg). The Prius Eco scored 56 mpg, and in my driving easily exceeded this number. If your focus is on the environment rather than the cost of fuel, the Volt at least potentially uses cleaner energy (depending on the source of your electricity). Fully charging the Volt via a standard household outlet can take up to 13 hours. If you regularly drive more than 25 miles per day you'll probably want to get a 240-volt charger, which reduces the charge time to about four hours. see full Chevrolet Volt review

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt Real Gas Mileage: Pros
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I bought the Volt because it meets my stringent requirements: It must run on electric only until the battery depletes, but it must also allow me to drive the 300 miles round trip to pick up my wine in Central Washington without requiring a wait to recharge. If I drive less than 55 miles per day, I can use zero gas, which happens 80% of my drives. Just shy of 5000 miles now, and I've used 20 gallons of gas and just over $100 of electricity. It's not so much the lower fuel expense for me (but it's nice to have), it's more the reduction of emissions especially in the water-power Pacific Northwest region. see full Chevrolet Volt review

Chevrolet Volt Gas Mileage (MPG)

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Chevrolet Volt's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.