2013 Chevrolet Volt Boasts Increase Mileage

The 2013 Chevrolet is set to debut in August and will feature increased fuel efficiency.

The 2013 Volt will be able to travel up to 38 miles on a single charge, which is three miles further than the 2012 model.  Because the Volt is both electric and gasoline powered, its total range will be about 380 miles.  The gasoline engine is able to power the car for roughly 340 miles once the charge is depleted.

General Motors achieved the heighten fuel economy by only making minor modifications to the battery.

“The best way to explain what we’ve done at the cell level is to compare it to a cake batter recipe,” said Bill Wallace, GM’s director of global battery systems engineering. “Sometimes if you use more sugar and less vanilla you get a better tasting cake. We’ve done some work at the cell level to modify the ‘ingredients’ to make a better end result.”

Unfortunately, the battery will take slightly longer to charge.  The 2012 Volt could be charged in four hours from a 240-volt outlet, but the 2013 model will take about 15 minutes longer.  This isn’t a substantial increase, and won’t turn on off most consumers, as most drivers typically charge their Volt over night.

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