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2016 Chevrolet Volt Named Green Car of the Year

Green Car of the Year

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt was named Green Car of the Year, which is a title handed out every year by the Green Car Journal.

The Chevrolet Volt keeps getting better with age. Since its earth-shattering introduction, the Chevy Volt has garnered an extensive collection of awards. It can now add yet another prestigious title to its growing list.

According to a Chevrolet press release, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was named Green Car of the Year.

The Green Car of the Year title is handed out every year by the Green Car Journal. The publication makes its decisions based on the efficiency and technology of the vehicles.

The 2016 Volt has both of these things going for it. The new Volt has a range of up to 420 miles, meaning fewer stops and more memories to be made out on the road.

“Chevrolet’s all-new Volt is a milestone, building on an already-technologically advanced ‘green’ car and delivering what buyers have longed for, including an impressive 53-mile driving range on a single charge,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com.

Choosing the Green Car of the Year could save you some green when it comes to fuel efficiency. Discover the electrifying 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

New Chevrolet Volt Gains Access to California Carpool Lanes

The Chevrolet Volt has been one of the hottest electric vehicles on the market ever since it first premiered back in 2011, so Chevy probably doesn’t even need to add incentives to customers to sell the next-generation Volt. But, out of the goodness of their hearts, they’ve stacked the new Chevrolet Volt with even more sales incentives than ever before anyhow. The most recent incentive—allowing single-occupant Chevy Volts access to the California carpool lane.

New Chevrolet Volt Gains Access to California Carpool Lanes

New Chevrolet Volt Gets Access to Carpool Lanes

This strategy of granting electric vehicle drivers carpool lane access has been very successful to electric vehicle sales, and Chevy hopes that success continues with their 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid model. After a year and a half on the market, the first generation Volt achieved carpool access status, but it appears the second generation model will get that privilege right from the start.

The carpool lane news isn’t the only good news, though. Recently, the Volt also received a large price reduction—Chevy lopped $1,175 off the car’s starting price. That brings the car’s starting price to just $33,995, but thanks to federal and local tax incentives, the Volt can be much more affordable even than that. Come see us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet to learn more about the Volt today!

Chevrolet Stopping Summer Volt Production

General Motors is bringing Chevrolet’s summer Volt production to a halt. Citing retooling at the Hamtramck plant, the automaker also has a stock of first generation Volts. There’s no denying sales are slow this year, down 48% in the first quarter, but that could be good for consumers.

Summer Volt Production has been halted, meaning this may be the best time to get your 2015 model.

Summer Volt Production has been halted, meaning this may be the best time to get your 2015 model.

The Volt, with only 1,874 sold in 2015, isn’t the only hybrid seeing a decline in sales. Lower gas prices have hurt the entire range of vehicles, all of which sport higher gas mileage as their main selling point. Instead, consumers are looking to crossovers and SUVs.

Related: 2015 Chevy Volt Specs and Features

“Halting Chevrolet Volt production in anticipation of the all-new 2016 model year is a smart move for GM, and allows for less inventory and incentives on the outgoing model,” said Akshay Anand, Kelley Blue Book analyst. “Hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle sales have been declining for some time now, with gas prices well below the summer prices of 2014.”

With the second generation, 2016 Volt hitting floor rooms later this year, now may be the most opportune time to get in on a first generation Volt. While the first generation Volt has a range of 38 miles on battery alone, the second generation gets 50 miles. The factory retooling will last six weeks during summer, meaning this is the last stock of 2015 Volts.

With the second generation on the way, 2015 Volts are seeing more deals and incentives. Now may be the best time to buy. Come to Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart to take a look – and a test drive – to see why this car is so popular.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Debut Electrifies Detroit Auto Show

The moment the industry has been waiting for is finally here—the 2016 Chevrolet Volt debut has finally happened. After months of teaser pictures and videos—not to mention a quick 30-second sneak peek earlier this month—Chevrolet has finally introduced the newest Chevrolet Volt at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, showing off how this new plug-in hybrid might just bet the greatest one yet.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Debut

2016 Chevrolet Volt Debut at 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit

2016 Chevrolet Volt Debut

“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America. “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allows us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry.”

Considered the most fuel-efficient Volt yet, the vehicle’s two-motor drive unit is 12% more efficient than its predecessor, while the car itself is 100 pounds lighter. A 1.5-liter range extender engine boasts an EPA-estimated fuel rating of 41 mpg, meaning the range extender by itself would be a terrific, fuel-efficient car. Brand-new five-passenger seating offers significantly more room to passengers, while the quieter ride adds to the cabin’s ambiance.

Expect to see the 2016 Chevrolet Volt in showrooms during the second half of 2015. Until then, don’t forget to stop back to Tom Naquin Chevrolet soon for more information on the eco-friendly car!

Chevrolet Gives Us 2016 Chevrolet Volt Sneak Peek at 2015 CES

Normally, carmakers like to grow buzz about their concept cars before auto shows by releasing teaser images and videos, but Chevrolet has decided to do something even better. Instead of waiting to debut the brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which is expected to make its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this month, the American carmaker instead brought the car out at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week. This 2016 Chevrolet Volt sneak peek gave the public a 30 second look at the new car—something significantly better than any teaser image.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Sneak Peek – literally, a sneak peak

While the 30 seconds passed quickly, it was more than enough time to notice the Volt’s new redesign. A powerful front-end is enhanced by an angular front fascia, small grille, and wide headlights. The rear end sweeps downward, similar to the current Volt, evoking a coupe-like silhouette.

So far, the Chevrolet Volt has helped save more than 25 billion gallons of fuel through its hybrid technology. If you’re interested in seeing the current Volt in action, stop in to Tom Naquin Chevrolet today!

New Chevy Volt Charging System Gets Some Upgrades

The engineers at Chevrolet never cease to amaze those of us at Tom Naquin Chevy. Recently, the team developed a more user-friendly charging method for the Volt, making it one of the most efficient hybrids on the market.

Chevy Volt Charging System – Faster than ever

Chevy Volt Charging System

Chevy Volt Charging System

What makes the Chevy Volt Charging System so great? For starters, the next-generation charging system makes refilling faster than ever. According to Chevy, more than 80% of all trips in a Volt do not use the range extender. That means drivers are relying on the bigger, more efficient batteries more than ever.

“Chevrolet used the real-world experiences of today’s Volt owners to make the charging process simpler and more convenient in the next-generation Volt,” said Andrew Farah, chief engineer for the Volt. “The new Volt will give owners greater flexibility for charging it on their terms.”

 

Chevy Volt Charging System

2015 Chevy Volt

Other fresh features include GPS location-based charging, intuitive charge status indicators, and portable cord set enhancements. All of these are designed to make driving a little easier on your wallet, and designed to make driving a hybrid more accessible than ever.

For your free test drive of a Chevy Volt, visit Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart!

The Chevy Volt Skates past Half a Billion All-Electric Miles

Half a Billion All-Electric MilesThe Chevy Volt hit the new car market back in the last quarter of 2010, and it’s been steadily gaining on its competitors in the all-electric EV segment ever since its release. Word of mouth—and statistics—just keep getting better, too; many Chevy Volt owners report posting over 40 all-electric miles on a single full charge. The official range is just 35 miles.

“The fact that most of the folks who purchased the Volt at launch are still enjoying EV range performance on target with when they took delivery is testament to the attention to detail our team paid to delivering on our promise of most people driving all electrically most of the time,” said Pam Fletcher, Chevrolet Volt executive chief engineer.

In the four years the Volt has been on the road now, it has posted over half a billion all-electric miles, saving over 25 million gallons of gasoline over that same time period. The extended range allows Volt drivers to stay in all-electric driving mode over 63% of the time as well. If you want to go over a month—and almost 1000 travel miles—without visiting a gas pump, come see us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet and check out the Volt today.

The Chevrolet Volt is the Key

Life can get pretty hectic sometimes.

A common side effect of a chaotic life is key loss.

You come in from the grocery store with bags upon bags in your hands while your mind is wandering to everything else that needs to be done.

You put your groceries away just in time to realize you left your checkbook at the store.

And so, the search for your keys begins.

You look high and low until you take an act of desperation and look inside the fridge.

But, sure enough – there they are. Right next to the milk, actually.

This is a scenario that Chevrolet Volt drivers never have to live out again.

Why?

Because the Volt has a keyless ignition with a blue electronic push button start that does not require them to turn a key.

It also features an extended range remote keyless entry and vehicle starter system.

Not to mention the mobile and computer app that allows them to lock, unlock and even check the charge level.

It is called keyless access.

And, it is the solution to a side effect of the chaos we call life.

Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana is proud to provide that solution to the greater South Bend area.

Major VOLTage with Chevrolet Volt

The advanced lithium-ion battery that powers the Chevrolet Volt can go a pretty long way—even longer than 900 miles sans gas.

With the help of ABB technology, the advanced lithium-ion battery of the Chevrolet Volt could potentially be recycled in such a way that it would obtain the ability to provide back-up power to homes and buildings for the first time ever.

At the GM Electrification Experience Event, the Chevrolet Volt advanced lithium-ion battery served as one hundred percent of the power for an off-grid facility by way of an ABB Energy Storage Inverter system.

ABB and Chevrolet declare that the technology is now ready to be tested by an on-grid facility.

Technically, only about 30 percent of an advanced lithium-ion battery is utilized when it has exhausted its performance in an electric vehicle. The remaining 70 percent can then be applied to other power uses.

It is estimated that five Chevrolet  Volt batteries could be transformed into the necessary energy to power anywhere from three to five American homes for up to two uninterrupted hours.

Such technology could have significant impacts on various forms of energy reserves as well as costs.

To further its sustainability efforts, Chevrolet has pledged to continue to produce batteries with similar benefits.

How does that sound for “eco?”