The 2013 Chevrolet Volt EPA label

2013 Chevrolet Volt offers better electric range, improved MPGe

General Motors has just announced the official EPA fuel economy figures for the 2013 Chevrolet Volt and the newest version of the electric Chevy sedan offers more all-electric range, improved fuel economy (MPGe) and an improved total driving range.

First of all, the 2013 Chevrolet Volt features an increased battery power capacity, up to 16.5 kWh from 16.0 kWH in the 2012 Volt while the available usage of battery energy has expanded from 10.3 kWh to 10.8 kWh. What does this all mean? It means that the battery of the 2013 Chevy Volt can hold more juice and the Voltec drivetrain can use more of that available energy before the range-extending gasoline engine kicks in. This 10.8 kWh window is there to prevent the battery from being drained too far as, when a battery is drained empty over and over – it decreases the life of the battery. These figures are all well and good but what do these increases equate to in real world figures?

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