DETROIT -- The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will have an EPA-rated electric range of 53 miles when it goes on sale this fall, a 39 percent boost from the outgoing model.
When the second-generation of the plug-in hybrid was unveiled in January, GM officials said they expected it would get at least 50 miles on a single charge. The current Volt's EPA rating is 38 miles.
The 2016 Volt is scheduled to go on sale in early fall.
The Volt's overall range also will increase, to 420 miles from 380 miles on the current car, thanks to a more fuel-efficient gasoline-powered generator. The redesigned Volt will use a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 42 mpg. The outgoing Volt's 1.4-liter engine has a 37 mpg rating.
Overall, the redesigned Volt's miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) rating will be 106, vs. 98 for its predecessor.