The Chevy Volt has had quite the year with shut downs and price cuts, but it’s finishing it off by taking home the gold. It was awarded the Green Car of the Year award this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It beat out the Audi A3 e-tron, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Prius.
“Chevrolet’s all-new Volt is a milestone, building on an already-technologically advanced ‘green’ car and delivering what buyers have longed for, including an impressive 53-mile driving range on a single charge,” says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com.
The second-generation Volt just arrived in dealerships this fall. It got a complete overhaul from the last model that includes a huge bump in its battery only driving range to up to 53 miles on a single charge. That’s nearly a 40-percent improvement from the first-generation model.
A gas-powered generator designed to seamlessly kick in when the battery runs low also improves range. It ups it to a combined 420 miles with both a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas.
Chevy estimates that drivers will complete 90-percent of trips on electric power alone, which is up from the 80-percent of last generation drivers, and go up to 1,000 miles between fill ups with regular charging.
The new Volt is also 100 pounds lighter. The design features a new front and rear and inside you get five seats instead of four.
“A visually appealing design, increased five-passenger seating, and an array of on-board electronics combine with the Volt’s inherent efficiencies to make the 2016 Chevrolet Volt a real winner,” Cogan adds.
In terms of price, the Volt puts a little more green in your pocket with a $33,995 sticker price. That’s nearly $1,200 less than the outgoing model. It could go as low as $26,495 after federal incentives. It saves you money at the pump, too, with a new 1.5-liter engine running on regular gasoline instead of premium.
“Chevrolet is all about bringing affordable electrification to our customers, and that is exactly what we did with the Volt. For Volt to stand out in Green Car’s evaluation, it reaffirms Chevrolet’s commitment to being a leader in electrification,” says Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director.