Most automakers provide their own fuel economy and efficiency tests before the EPA gets their hands on a vehicle to officially certify how friendly, or unfriendly, the car is to fossil fuels and the environment. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is an ally to the environment, and news from Inside EVs should have green car fans excited.
General Motors quietly updated the efficiency figures for its in-house testing on the 2016 Volt yesterday. Originally, when the 2016 Volt debuted at the 2015 NAIAS, Chevrolet claimed 50 mile of pure electric range, 102 MPGe, 41 MPG combined fuel economy and a 420 mile range in total.
While these numbers all appear with an asterisk, they’ve actually gone up according to new documents from GM. The overall range for the 2016 Volt is now said to be rated at 430 miles, and the MPGe rating has risen to 106. At one point, GM also stated 43 MPG combined, but quickly revised the online document once more, returning the number to 41 MPG.
The added efficiency is certainly a surprise, but we won’t have concrete numbers until the EPA has the final say on Chevrolet’s latest PHEV.
Along with efficiency number increases, there were minor decreases on the performance side of things. Overall torque has dropped slightly from 294 lb-ft, to 293 lb-ft, while horsepower also slips slightly from 150 hp, to 149 hp. But those buying this car aren’t in it for quarter-mile times. These are hardly the numbers they will be paying attention to at the dealership.
Inside EVs reached out for a comment on the matter, with GM saying:
We don’t have final numbers yet and won’t until mid – July. The numbers were posted in error and are not final nor totally accurate.
Therefore, let us take this information with a gran of salt. But, General Motors seems optimistic there’s more efficiency to be had in the 2016 Volt than previously thought.