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Chevrolet Volt window sticker
93 mpg on battery power, 37 mpg on gasoline power

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 Chevrolet Volt.

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.



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Cry babies
By andrinoaa on 11/25/2010 2:14:30 AM , Rating: 2
Stop with the crap already. If you use the battery, NO GAS is used. If you use the range extending motor, you get 35mpg. WHAT is so hard to comprehend that every single bloody agenda gets thrown up? All the other issues will be attended to once we create the demand for them to be fixed: so, WHO CARES about the other issues on this topic? I see Fit is still at it, man aren't you tired of knocking EVERYTHING? I stopped contributing a while back hoping it would come back to a "tech" sight, but its still a repositry of nay sayers, child men, get a life!




RE: Cry babies
By Targon on 11/26/2010 5:52:24 AM , Rating: 2
Is that 35mpg highway or city?


RE: Cry babies
By foolsgambit11 on 11/26/2010 4:19:51 PM , Rating: 2
I agree there's a lot of wind on this subject, but to correct you, the Volt will use the gasoline engine when the battery is full under certain conditions. It helps keep the cost down (you don't need as large of an electric motor for the same performance, because you get the power of the gas engine added to the power of the electric motor). Given the narrow scenarios when this happens, though, it shouldn't mean much in the real world when it comes to gas mileage.

So the question simply becomes, does this piece of tech fit well into your life? If so, great, if not, no worries. (Or it would be that easy, if we didn't get launched into debates about the government rebate.)


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