2013 Chevy Volt Gets More Range

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Owners of the 2013 Chevy Volt will be able to travel a few more miles on electric power, according to Chevrolet. For the new model year, the Volt's all-electric range has been raised from 35 miles to 38 miles on a single charge. The miles per gallon equivalent rating and total vehicle range also increase to 98 MPGe and 380 miles, respectively.

"Engineers made minor changes to the material composition of the battery cell chemistry, resulting in improved performance and durability," GM said in a statement.

Battery capacity has been increased from 16 kilowatt-hours to 16.5 kWh, which means charging times are also up slightly. Chevy says a full charge on a 120-volt outlet could take 10.5 hours and 4.25 hours on a 240-volt outlet, up slightly from previous charging times, which ranged from four to 10 hours.

Volt owners have driven more than 65 million miles since the vehicle launched in 2010, according to Chevy, and about two-thirds of those miles were powered by electricity.

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Comments 

Rockaby

Does the fact that there's a gas engine in there make the electric capability less efficient? If the Fit-EV is supposed to get 118mpge why is the Volt only at 98?

Tim

@Rockaby

The Fit (20kwh) has a larger battery pack then the Volt (16.5Kwh) and the batteries are of a different type, but yes the combined gas/electric of the Volt is considered slightly less efficient then a pure electric... but you trade the efficiency for convenience and less "range anxiety".

The Fit (20kwh) has a larger battery pack then the Volt (16.5Kwh) and the batteries are of a different type, but yes the combined gas/electric of the Volt is considered slightly less efficient then a pure electric... but you trade the efficiency for convenience and less "range anxiety"

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