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2016 Chevrolet Volt Will Offer Better All-Electric Range

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  • New Chevrolet Volt to offer better all-electric range than current model
  • Upcoming Volt will be launched early next year at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit
  • Chevrolet hasn't announced any other major details about the upcoming Volt

The upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt will offer a better all-electric range than the current model, according to Chevrolet. The automaker recently confirmed that an improvement in battery technology will help the redesigned 2016 Volt achieve its longer range figure.

The Volt's new and improved longer range comes courtesy of its new Voltec powertrain, which was recently revealed by parent company General Motors. Designed for use in the upcoming 2016 Volt, the powertrain is lighter than the Volt's outgoing engine, and it uses fewer battery cells. But the remaining cells boast an increased storage capacity, allowing for a noticeable increase in range. While Chevrolet hasn't released official numbers, reports say that the new battery technology could increase the Volt's fully electric range from 38 miles to 50 miles or more.

So what else is in store for a fully redesigned Volt? Chevrolet hasn't yet announced any other details, only noting that the car will be unveiled in January at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Detroit. Chevrolet hasn't even announced whether the car will be fully redesigned or simply face-lifted, or when drivers can expect to see it in dealerships.

We can, however, expect that the Volt will remain a plug-in hybrid, using a range-extending gasoline engine for backup power once it's out of electricity. That's different from many rivals -- including the Nissan LEAF, which uses only a fully electric motor and no gas-powered range extender.

Check back here for more updates on the latest Volt, as we'll reporting live from its unveiling at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Detroit.

What it means to you: A better all-electric range might help broaden the appeal of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt as the model enters its second generation.

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