2016 Chevrolet Volt rated at 106 MPGe

The Volt can drive on electricity alone for 53 miles.

The EPA has released official fuel economy figures for the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt that made its public debut last January at the Detroit Motor Show.

The most important statistic is that the Volt is capable of driving on electricity alone for up to 53 miles, a generous 15-mile increase over the current model. The EPA rates the hatchback at 106 MPGe. As a result, the Bowtie expects that Volt owners will rely exclusively on the electric motor for 90 percent of their trips, up from 80-percent for the current model.

A new 101-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine kicks in when the battery pack runs out of juice or when more power is needed. The four-banger returns an EPA-estimated 42 mpg in a mixed cycle, and it has a total range of 420 miles.

All told, Chevrolet predicts that Volt owners who charge the battery pack on a regular basis will be able to travel for well over 1,000 miles between stops at the pump.

Built in Hamtramck, Michigan, the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is scheduled to arrive on dealer lots this fall. It carries a base price of $33,995 including destination, a figure that makes it nearly $1,200 less than the current model. An available $7,500 federal tax credit lowers the hybrid's base price to $26,495, and California residents qualify for additional bonuses that bring the price down to $24,995.

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