The Chevrolet Volt just got a little more efficient for the 2013MY as GM announced that the electric range of the car was increased by 3 miles to an ‘impressive’ 38 miles. Moreover, the car has been rated by EPA at 98 MPGe (outgoing model was rated at 94 MPGe). According to the manufacturer, the new range was obtained thanks to some modifications brought to the vehicle’s technical part.
The storage capacity of the Volt battery has been increased from 16 kWh of energy to 16.5 kWh and engineers expanded the state-of-charge window to use 10.8 kWh of the total battery energy – up from 10.3 kWh used in the 2012 model. Still, we have bad news as the improved EV range capability will also bring slight increases to the Volt’s charge times.
The 2013 Volt will need 10.5 hours to get its energy using a 120V and 4.25 hours using a 240V charging unit. And after you travel 38 miles using just electricity, you can also use the gas-powered engine/generator to drive the car for another 344 miles on a full tank. Still, the Volt is far away from 2013 Honda Fit EV which was rated by EPA at 118 MPGe!