SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Chevy is about to release its first major update to its electric hybrid, the Volt.
It hits dealerships next week. Our tech reporter Gabe Slate got a preview and shows how this new model is better and much more affordable.
Before it officially hits the market next week, Chevy brought the new 2016 Volt to San Francisco to give media a chance to get up close with the new car and take it for spin.
Here’s Gabe’s take on the Volt:
Driving it around, he liked how it handled, very nimble and peppy. It was very fast. The hills of San Francsico were no problem. There is some power in this car.
It has a lot of improvements from their first version. It basically has been rebuilt from the ground up.
It is a high end, electric hybrid vehicle that you can get for a lower price. With the federal and state discounts, you can get the new volt for as low as $25,000.
No, it’s not as fancy as a Tesla….It doesn’t have all high tech bells and whistles that Teslas do.
But Tesla’s cost $80,00 plus, which is out of range for a lot of us. The Volt is an affordable alternative.
And one advantage to the Volt, being a hybrid, it does have a gas engine that kicks in if you need it. Ninety percent of the time, as you drive around town or on your regular commute, you will use only electric power.
But if you get stuck in traffic or need to go a further distance, like to Tahoe or Monterey, you can get there with this car without having to recharge or refuel.
It can get 420 miles off one charge and one tank of gas. When you brake, it recharges the battery.
So, when you are driving, you are constantly recharging.
The Volt will come with Apple’s new car play dash board syncing system for easy use of iPhones and iPads.
Volt website —-> http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car.html
MORE FROM GABE:
Dealers have been excepting orders for months and cars will arriving at dealers last week of October.
The Chevrolet Volt is poised to continue to bring new owners to the electric plug-in family. Pricing will be as low as $26,495 after the full federal tax credit of $7,500. (Federal tax credit can range from $0 up to $7,500.) In California, the vehicle’s largest market, residents of the state will be able to purchase the all-new Volt for as low as $24,995 after state and federal incentives.
2016 Volt Overview:
53 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration
New two-motor drive unit is up to 12 % more efficient and 100 pounds lighter than the first-generation unit
420 miles total driving range
All-new sleek design and five-passenger seating 3 in back !!
Enhanced Chevrolet MyLink with smartphone projection technology, featuring Apple CarPlay capability
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be available in the last week of October 2015