Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chevrolet Volt will get 230 MPG (city)


Although the Volt isn't a subcompact, this news should be shared.

GM just announced that its upcoming, highly anticipated Volt electric car will get a mind-boggling 230 MPG city from the EPA. Just recently, the EPA came up with a way to measure economy that allows people to compare an electric vehicle to a gas or gas/hybrid vehicle with regards to economy.

Keep in mind, the Volt will have a gasoline engine, but it will not be driving the wheels. It will be, essentially, acting as a generator to recharge the batteries.

More info below.

LINK
Chevrolet's Volt official fuel economy: 230 MPG (CNN Money)

5 comments:

adam said...

I don’t know whether I believe that or not? I’m not saying that 230MPG is not possible but manufacturers are known for stretching the truth about their MPG’s and GM being backed by the government I don’t see the EPA saying anything that might hurt the only chance for GM to get back in the game.

Bridget said...

They are telling the truth. As long as you go less than 230 miles or so, you are running electric. The electricity was stored when you plugged it into your house.

Thirty-Nine said...

I'm pretty impressed. I have heard the Volt will cost nearly $40,000, though. I think the sticker price and reliability will be the two biggest factors with this car.

SRodens said...

How much does it cost to charge it through the outlet. In addition, it only runs 40 miles on electricity, and then it needs 8-12 hrs for a full charge. What the EPA should do is calculate how many BTU of charge it gets from the wall and compare that to the BTU of gasoline, and get a accurate MPG. Not one based on how much gasoline is used, but based on energy.

Craig said...

I think the bigger story here is that the Nissan Leaf is claiming 367 mpg with only the use of electricity. It also would possibly have a 30 min/80% quick charge which is possibly more useful. Plus available in our neck of the woods (Portland, OR), cheaper, and also will be made in Tennessee.