In year three of its production, the Chevy Volt gets a nice boost in range when running in its all-electric mode. The 2013 Chevy Volt will offer 38 miles on a full charge compared to the 35 miles in previous Volt.
The Volt will also get a nice boost on its EPA efficiency rating, jumping from 94 to 98 MPGe, or Miles Per Gallon Equivalent–a measure of how far the vehicle can travel on electricity with the energy content of 1 gallon of gasoline.
To find the culprit for the increase battery life, look no further than to the enhanced battery pack. The battery pack in the 2013 Volt is able to hold 16.5 kilowatt-hours of energy, up from 16, and the car can draw on 10.8kWh compared to the 10.3kWh on the 2011 and 2012 Volts.
With the increase in energy for the Volt, drivers can expect the time to a full charge to also increase.
Once the Volt’s battery pack is depleted it switches to it’s 1.4L gasoline range extender to power a generator that distributes electricity to the 149-hp electric motor that actually turns the drive wheels.
The 2013 Chevrolet Volt is expected to have a total range 380 miles, factoring in electric plus gasoline.
Another added feature for consumers a 2013 Chevy Volt is the addition of a “Hold Drive” button that allows owners to conserve battery-pack energy for use at a particular time or when it will help make the car more efficient.
Chevrolet also plans to outfit the low-emission package, standard on later 2012 Volts sold in California, to those 2013 Volts sold in New York state as well, making them eligible for High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access with only a single occupant.