For the second generation in a row, the Chevrolet Volt has landed on Ward’s Top 10 Best Engine list. With an impressive improvement in electric range, the award is really no surprise. For the 2016 model year, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt has an all-new design with incredible increases in just about every performance category. Electric range has increased from 38 miles to 53 miles, fuel economy in range-extending mode increased from 37 mpg to 42 mpg, and low-end acceleration and launching have improved by 30 percent. How did Chevrolet manage that?

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Clever Engineering

Engineers at Chevrolet were able to realize such dramatic improvements to the Chevrolet Volt using some clever engineering. After learning from the EV1 of the 1990s and 1st generation Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet took to the drawing board for an all new design for 2016.

Better efficiency in the 2016 Volt came from big weight savings, more energy-dense batteries, removal of one oil pump, more efficient motors, and better technology connecting the range-extending engine with the electric propulsion system. Relocation of the Volt’s electronics on top of the drive unit allowed for significant weight savings in cabling, and using both motors as either motor or generator at any time allowed for 100 pounds of weight savings in the drive unit.

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The new, lighter lithium-ion battery pack increased to 18.4 kWh of capacity from 17.1 kWh. Increased capacity in the new battery pack, lower overall vehicle mass, more efficient motors, and a more powerful and efficient range-extending engine have all contributed to the huge performance increases of the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt for Sale in Forest Lake, MN

If you’re interested in checking out the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, see us today in Forest Lake, MN. We offer the best prices around and a free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty. Come test drive the new Chevrolet Volt and see what the fuss is all about. You won’t be disappointed. Visit us today near North Branch, Roseville, and White Bear Lake, MN.

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