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12 Aug 2009 05:08:08

Chevrolet Volt promises superb fuel consumption for city driving

Chevrolet Volt promises superb fuel consumption for city driving
The Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range electric hybrid car that claims to offer fuel economy of 230 miles per gallon (mpg) in its 'city driving' mode.

According to manufacturer General Motors (GM), the new vehicle, which is scheduled to roll out of US showrooms in 2011, is capable of travelling 40 miles on electricity from a single battery charge.

This figure can be extended to 300 miles with the use of the vehicle's flex fuel-powered engine, although it is intended that many people will be able to run the Volt purely off of electricity.

"From the data we've seen, many Chevy Volt drivers may be able to be in pure electric mode on a daily basis without having to use any gas," said GM chief executive Fritz Henderson.

The car manufacturer provided tentative results from a study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bearing out its claim.

"EPA labels are a yardstick for customers to compare the fuel efficiency of vehicles. So, a vehicle like the Volt that achieves a composite triple-digit fuel economy is a game-changer," Mr Henderson continued.

However, the EPA has since issued a statement claiming that it has not yet tested the car and is unable to confirm its fuel consumption claims.

It is not yet clear the methodology that was used in coming to the fuel consumption conclusion.

Website Green Car Advisor has already called the 230mpg figure into question, suggesting that the vehicle's fuel consumption is an equivalency rather than a measure of real miles per gallon and doesn't take into account how much of the distance is driven using electricity.

Without numerous recharges along the way, it contended that it would be impossible to drive the Volt 230 miles with only one gallon of petrol, as the electric motor will only last for 40 miles in one go.



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16 Aug 2009

It's probably worth pointing out that the US gallon is the same as the UK (imperial) gallon... so 230 mpg (US) is the same as - which is AMAZING. Let's hope it makes it to market sometime soon. Source:

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