Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chevy Volt Follow-up...

I'd hate to leave anyone with the false impression that I believe the GM marketing machine behind the 230 mpg slogan for the 2011 Chevy Volt. Since they launched their initial marketing yesterday there has been considerable debate on the web about how "real" that number is.

The reality appears to be that the Volt will travel about 40 miles/charge before switching over to a gas engine that gets 50 mpg. So, you could travel about 90 miles on a gallon of gas (plus the electricity required for your initial charge and as many have noted that electricity isn't exactly carbon neutral in the US). 50 mpg is pretty impressive but only slightly better than many compact cars today and it's certainly not a game changer, nor does it warrant paying $40k (less $7.5k in proposed government tax credits) for a car that looks and feels like an entry-level vehicle (think Hyundai Elantra). So, poof via some fuzzy assumptions and friendly math at the EPA you get a car rated at 230 miles per gallon. Now that's something that you can build a Superbowl commercial around!!!

Update #3!
EPA won't back up GM's 230mpg claim
The EPA had this to say in response to GM's 230 MPG claim:
EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore cannot confirm the fuel economy values claimed by GM.

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