The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid (or extended range electric vehicle), powered by an 111kW (149hp) electric motor and and 84hp gasoline engine. The Volt’s 18.4kWh battery will propel the car 53 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in for an additional 367 miles, and a total of 420 miles of range.  The second generation Volt is now available, which includes many improvements such as longer range, reduce price, and seating for five.  In hybrid mode, the Volt will achieve 42 MPG, while in electric mode the Volt will consume 31kWh/100 mi (106 MPG equivalent).  The 2017 Volt features optional adaptive cruise control, heated leather seats and steering wheel, Apple CarPlay, LED headlights, and an 8-inch LCD display.

  • Vehicle Type: Cars, Four-Door Hatchback
  • Drivetrain: PHEV
  • Electric Range: 53 mi
  • Total Range: 420 mi
  • Top Speed: 100 mph
  • Number of Seats: 5
  • Connector Type(s):
  • Price (USD): $33,220
  • Vehicle Website: Chevrolet Volt
  • Sources: Specs Sheet, Fuel Economy
  • CVRP Eligible
12 comments on “Chevrolet Volt”
  1. Joe Volt says:

    I definitely recommend the Volt…at least the 2012 version I have (bought used with 60K+ miles on it). For the 2017, I’m not crazy about the new body style, but would love the additional 13 miles of range. I live on the outskirts of a largish city and sometimes my average speed limit is around 35 mph, Under those conditions, if I would ever drive until the batteries drained, I could get 50 miles (best is 48.6), but typical summer driving gets me from 3.5 (70 mph) or so miles to 5.2 per kWh (35 mph), i.e. for the 10 – 10.5 available, over 50 miles on a charge at best. Winter driving gives me 30-low 40’s range depending on temperature and heat usage, which kills mileage. Make no mistake, this is a small car, as my 6’3″ son would tell you, but it can hold cargo with the rear seats folded down. The handling is good, and I expect it to move to great once I replace the SR rated tires on it with ZR’s, eventually. Acceleration is good, but visibility is very bad. I have angled my side-view mirrors out more to cover the blind spots, which can be alarming when a car is there and you didn’t know it.

    Most of the time I use gas, I only use a few tenths at a time as my commute is under 8 mi each way and work provides free charging (!!!!). Those times I go over the 35-45 mile range are when I cart kids around or on a busy Saturday. Also have taken a few out of town trips and have no problem converting to gas, getting 38-48 mpg.

  2. Bill LaVere says:

    My RT commute to work is 50 miles. My 2017 Volt does the RT commute with 10-12 EV miles remaining at the end of the day. Thus, I am totally electric on work days. I currently have 4,000 miles on the car and have only used 6 gallons of gas (for a trip from Los Angeles to San Diego). I still have about 3 gallons of gas remaining from my initial full tank from the dealer. I have not been to the gas station since I leased the car in March. No range anxiety!

    1. Joe Volt says:

      I do think that you need to be careful about leaving gas in the tank for too long. I typically refill by 2012 Volt 4 or 5 times a year, so use non-ethanol gas plus ethanol boost since the gas is 89 octane. I’ve also thought about putting in gas stabilizer but haven’t yet. People talk about “old gas” being bad for lawn tools, and I just experienced that with my leaf blower. I used up the rest of my old gas on the tank and it more sputtered and went about half power, then I put in “new” gas and it worked much better, i,e. full power. I’m not sure the “shelf life” of gasoline, but if you are leaving it in your tank for more than a couple-few months, I would recommend fuel stabilizer.

  3. Bruce Ackerman says:

    I have to say, we’ve driven over 90k miles on one of the very first 2011 Volts, and it shows no signs of degradation of anything whatsoever, beyond the dings and scratches we’ve put on it. Dealer has done all recall work (common in a 1st-gen vehicle) at zero cost. I’m very impressed with the engineering, handling, sound system and practicality. Looking to get a Bolt to go with it, which will be very helpful because my partner drives a lot, and not to & from a fixed workplace, so we do use gas.
    Thank you PlugInAmerica for your work.

  4. G. Wegner says:

    The Specs for the 2017 Volt should also include the Connector Type: J1772.

  5. G. Wegner says:

    As a 2017 Volt owner, I suggest the following corrections to the information about this car:

    — In the Description, the gas engine should be listed as 101hp (the first-generation Volt was 84hp).
    — In the last sentence of the Description, separate leather seats from heated seats/steering wheel. It is possible to have heated seats/steering wheel without leather seats. I love my heated cloth seats!
    — In the Specs, change Top Speed to 98 mph to match Chevy’s specs.

    Thanks for providing this site to encourage others to adopt the premium EV driving experience.

  6. Lucky Calier says:

    Luckily my company provides free charge station, and my round-trip to work is about 25 miles. So virtually I don’t need to use any gas. Don’t know when to fill the tank yet.

  7. Victoria Wu says:

    I drive 70 miles round-trip for my daily commute, and I love my second-generation Volt. I can charge the car at work if I can park close enough to an outlet. The acceleration with the electric power is zippy! Winning!

  8. Charlie Weston says:

    Peoples’ evaluation of BEV or a PHEV should be based on a notion of what’s the average number of miles that they drive on an average day. A PHEV like the Volt obviously will give the optimum performance for people with an average mileage of 53 miles or 106 miles if they can charge up at their place of work. But absent the daytime charge, the guy with a 75-mile day will burn gas for 22 miles or about half a gallon.

    If he needs to log a 500-mile trip one day for a longer trip, he’ll do 53 miles on electric and the remaining 447 miles on gas, burning maybe 10..5 gallons for an average 47-48 mpg.

  9. Jeff U'Ren says:

    The “range” displayed here is not accurate and would deter most people from getting the car.
    The range for the Gen 2 Chevy Volt is 53 mi battery, 420 mi total range.

    1. John U'ren says:

      Hi Mr. U’Ren,

      Thank you for your interest! We appreciate your help in keeping our website as up-to-date and accurate as possible. Please note that the description for the Chevy Volt has been updated to include the full battery+gasoline range of the vehicle. Thank you!

      1. Mark Renburke says:

        Many people skip/skim description and head straight to “Specs”. That needs to include Total Range, and/or a breakout of EV range and hybrid range.

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