After a cluster
bomb that was unleashed yesterday when the Nissan Leaf was rated
for an EPA estimated 99 mpg -- even though it is a "battery
only" vehicle -- General Motors is dropping
a bunch of digits on us when it comes to the EPA rating for its
According to the window sticker that
will be plastered on all new Volts sold in the U.S., the vehicle is
rate at an equivalent of 93 mpg when running on electricity, and a
more sedate 37 mpg when the gasoline engine kicks in after the
battery is depleted. This two figures combined give the Volt a
"composite" rating of 60 mpg.
And here are some more numbers -- the
Volt will have an official "battery only" range of 35
miles, while the total driving range (taking into account the
batteries and the gasoline tank) will be 379 miles.
When the Volt was first announced, GM
said that the vehicle would have a 40-mile
range when running on battery power. The company recently revised
that figure to 25-50 miles.
The Volt will go on sale later this
month with a price
tag of $41,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.
quote: But they're also ignoring all of the inefficencies in getting the crude oil out of the ground, refining it (that uses a huge amount of heat to do), pumping it by pipe to substations, hauling it one tanker truck at a time to gas stations in extremely inefficient trucks, pumping it into your car, etc. If you include that, recharging your electric car is probably more efficent than gassing up.
quote: But that would require someone to think... and we can't have consumers doing that!