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General Motors has said that US regulators have approved a 53 mile range for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt using on battery-only operation.

The US Environmental Protection Administration has certified the battery-only range for the 2016 Volt.

The 53 mile range is an increase of almost 40% on the previous generation model (certified at 38 miles of electric-only range).

The second-generation Volt uses an 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to travel on battery power first before a gasoline generator kicks in.

General Motors estimates a total driving range – with the use of the back-up gasoline engine generator – of more than 400 miles.

See also: DETROIT SHOW: New Chevrolet Volt has greater EV range

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