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With the second-generation Chevy Volt in full production, the plug-in hybrid from General Motors has overtaken the Nissan LEAF to claim the mantle of the best-selling affordable plug-in in the United States. The uptick in sales bodes well for other second-generation plug-in models.
The 2016 Chevy Volt made the media rounds this month, with auto journalists taking the customary “first drives” that precede any major new release. This will mark the first major refresh of the Volt since its debut five years ago. The first deliveries arrive at dealerships this week. The critics gave mostly glowing reports.
Just in time for Earth Day, when media outlets are thirsty for stories about the environment, Edmunds.com released data suggesting that electric car owners are ditching their battery-powered vehicles for gas-guzzling SUVs.
General Motors will stop production of the Chevrolet Volt in early May, as it prepares for production of the second-generation version of the plug-in hybrid. The 2016 model will increase the all-electric range from 38 miles to 50 miles—while introducing a sleeker mainstream design.
General Motors today unveiled a new and improved version of Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The second-generation Volt will travel about 50 miles purely on electricity stored in a new lighter 18.4 kilowatt-hour battery pack. That’s up from 38 miles in the 2015 Volt.
It’s been exciting to watch the release of one new plug-in model after the next. But the most promising developments could be just around the corner: new and improved second-generation battery-powered models, starting with the Volt.
The 2015 Chevy Volt is mostly a carryover model from previous years. The number of miles the Volt can travel purely on electricity is the vehicle’s most important metric. On that account, the EV range is still 38 miles—even though the capacity of the battery pack slightly rose to 17.1 kilowatt-hours from 16.5 kWh in previous model years. The official efficiency rating stays put at 98 miles per gallon equivalent.
A new Edmunds analysis says the "green car" market is stagnant, but that's misleading—cars with plugs are showing big gains.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that it has completed tests of 32 small cars for its “small overlap front crash protection.” The results for plug-ins were mixed, with the Chevrolet Volt earning an “acceptable” rating, and the Nissan LEAF electric car getting a “poor” rating. The new small overlap test, introduced in 2012, replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another car or an object such as a tree.
Both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF may be offered with battery choices. It's a trend that makes sense.