Earlier this month, General Motors officially announced the pricing for the highly-anticipated, second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Offering a more conventional design, longer all-electric range and a better fuel economy than the outgoing 2015 model year Volt, the next-gen range-extended plug-in hybrid is also little cheaper than its predecessor too, at $33,995 before incentives.
While the 2016 Volt won’t enter production until August — and won’t be at most dealers until much later this year — today marks the official opening of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt order books in California, where customers are being offered the chance to place their orders more than two months ahead of the rest of the U.S.
Initially offered in two trim levels — 2LT and 2LZ — production for Californian-market Volts will start in August, with deliveries expected for those early adopters some time toward the end of summer. Like previous generation Volts, the 2016 Volt comes with a variety of different trim packages available for an extra premium, including an improved audio system with Bose premium speakers and voice-activated technology; a Comfort Package including heated driver and front passenger seats, heated steering wheel and heated door mirrors; and two different Driver Confidence Packages featuring blind zone alert, lane change alert, parking assistance technology and front automatic braking.
Following on from California’s early Dealer Online Service Program ordering system, buyers in the other states which follow California’s zero emission mandate program — namely Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rode Island and Vermont — will be able to place their 2016 Volts from August 1 at their local Chevy dealerships, with orders received from those ten states due to begin deliveries in early October.
Those living outside of any of the states listed above will have to wait until October first to be able to place their orders, with cars unlikely to be delivered to customers in the remaining 39 states until the end of 2015 or perhaps even the start of 2016.
Completely redesigned from the ground up, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt features a next-generation 18.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack produced for GM by LG Chem. Combined with a completely new twin-motor drivetrain that weighs 100 pounds less than its predecessor and is 12 percent more efficient, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is expected to gain a 50-mile all-electric range rating by the EPA. Fuel economy in range-extending and hybrid modes is also expected to be slightly improved, too.
It is also faster to hit 60 mph from standstill than its predecessor, managing the 0-60 dash in 8.4 seconds.
At the time of writing, GM hasn’t yet held any official press drives for its next-generation range-extended EV, but as soon as we get a chance to step behind the wheel you’ll be the first to know.
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