How Good is the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Fuel Economy?

2017 Chevrolet Volt tech

Hybrid vehicles are all the rage right now and, while most drivers enjoy the bump in efficiency, many have expressed disappointment with the less than stellar range of electric motors. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is here to change that. Offering Tampa and Sarasota drivers enhanced fuel economy, greater electric range, more horsepower, and more ways to charge, there’s little reason to consider another hybrid car. To illustrate this, the experts at Cox Chevy have prepared a primer on the Volt’s capabilities. We think it’s easy to see why drivers are flocking to test-drive this clever compact.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Numbers Does the Volt Get?

2017 Chevrolet Volt test driveWhether you choose to run the Volt as an all-electric vehicle or want to engage the gasoline-powered engine for longer trips, the Volt delivers impressive efficiency:

  • Electric Charge With just the EV motors running, the Volt is capable of traveling up to 53 miles on a single charge; more than enough for the average daily commute.

  • Hybrid Powerplant When the gasoline/electric hybrid engine is engaged, the Volt returns an EPA-estimated 43 mpg/city and 42 mpg/highway fuel efficiency, and can travel up to 420 miles with a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery.

How Does its Engine Work?

The Volt is powered by two electric motors that work in harmony to maximize the vehicle’s performance and increase available horsepower. These motors are mated to Chevrolet’s 1.5L 4-cylinder gasoline engine and 18.4 kWh V lithium-ion battery that is lighter than previous versions and capable of holding more energy for longer, more efficient operation. When used primarily for the daily commute with minimal long-distance driving, the automaker estimates that the Chevrolet Volt could go 1,000 miles or more between visits to the gas pump.

To help extend the battery life, and generate more usable power during stop and go driving, the new 2017 Volt is equipped with an innovative “Regen on Demand” system. Drivers simply depress a paddle on the back of the steering wheel when stopping to help recycle energy and put it back in the battery for later use.

How Does Charging Work?

Charging the Volt is simple. Drivers can use the standard portable charging cord to plug in wherever there is an available 120-volt outlet and have a full charge in about 13 hours, or make use of an available 240-volt charging station, either at home or on the go, to get a full battery charge in as little as 4.5 hours.

To keep track of the vehicle’s battery charge, efficiency, and total power consumption, the Volt is equipped with two 8-inch LED interfaces. The first, located directly behind the steering wheel helps drivers see what’s happening as they drive so that they can adjust their driving for maximum efficiency, while the second, mounted in the dash, delivers usage information so that drivers can improve their technique over time.

Explore the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Fuel Economy at Cox Chevy Near Tampa and Sarasota

To learn more about how the 2017 Chevrolet Volt fuel economy is expected to affect Tampa and Sarasota drivers, contact Cox Chevy at 941-251-0310 or stop by our showroom at 2900 Cortez Road West in Bradenton, FL.