Source: Detroit News
quote: Once the battery is depleted, that's it, the Volt's magic is gone
quote: ...and it's MPG is pretty shitty compared to ALL "economy" vehicles.
quote: in a society where people leave their own children in vehicles on 100+ degree days...
quote: The OP complained that the range was a big drawback of the car - and I argued it was a non-issue.
quote: It's well known those EPA numbers are not representative of real world mileage!
quote: If you drive 45 miles between charges, meaning you’re doing about 10 miles with the gasoline assist, you’ll get 168 mpg. Drive 60 miles between charges and you’re looking at 89 mpg. Drive 75 miles between charges and you can expect 69 mpg. Of course, the typical driver will go all kinds of distances between charges, and the EPA’s got a number for that, too: 60 mpg equivalent “combined composite.” “Our overall combined average is 60 mpg,” said Doug Parks, Volt global vehicle line executive for the Volt. “That’s best in segment for compact cars.” At the bottom line, there’s something for everyone on this label. Volt fanboys will hail the 93 mpg equivalency under electric power. Critics will seize on the 35 mile range and 37 mpg figures. GM’s PR flacks undoubtedly are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to spin it all.
quote: OK... Drive 300 miles between charges, what is the mileage then?
quote: I just love the fact that when the Volt was announced it was going to be the car that would save GM and be the green car of the decade
quote: but it has proven with this car that typical GM either engineering, design or assembly is not up to par.
quote: Because it doesn't have as much "value" as a 10-year old Honda?
quote: We're talking the MPG of JUST the ICE engine. Which is horrible AND requires expensive premium grade fuel.
quote: We're not talking about the smoke and mirrors "combined" MPG. It's well known those EPA numbers are not representative of real world mileage!
quote: And saying it's a "non-issue" is pure baloney. It's a MAJOR issue. I know in your world nobody ever drives more than 30 miles a day