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2016 Chevrolet Volt Rated at 53 Miles of All-Electric Range

Beats old Volt by 15 miles, manages 106 MPGe.

Buyers of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be able to go even farther on electric power than in the outgoing Volt. The new car's 18.4-kWh lithium-ion battery provides a 53-mile driving range, according to EPA testing, up from just 38 miles for the outgoing Chevrolet Volt. The car is rated at 106 mpge, and 42 mpg when running on gasoline alone.

As a result of the improved driving range on electrical power, drivers of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt should be able to drive without the car's gas engine more often. Chevrolet says Volt owners currently drive on the battery alone about 80 percent of the time, but that owners of the new car are expected to use battery power for 90 percent of all trips. Chevrolet expects owners to drive about 1,000 miles between trips to the gas station.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is 243 lb lighter than the outgoing model, even though the new car is longer and slightly wider. In addition to the battery pack and its electric drive motor, the Volt uses a new 1.5-liter inline-four gasoline engine (rated for 101 hp) as a range-extender when the battery is depleted. The engine's ratings of 42 mpg combined and 106 mpge overall headily beat out the old Volt's ratings of 37 mpg combined and 98 mpge.

Pricing for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt starts at $33,995 with destination, before any tax incentives. With the full $7,500 federal tax break for plug-in cars, a Volt could cost as little as $26,495 -- and California residents could take advantage of statewide tax deals to cut their effective cost to as little as $24,995.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt goes on sale this fall.