Skip to comments.GM predicts 230 MPG for Volt
Posted on 08/11/2009 6:43:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
General Motors Co. predicted Tuesday that its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car will get 230 miles per gallon of gas in city driving.
If confirmed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which tests for mileage figures posted on new car stickers, the Volt would be the first car to exceed triple-digit gas mileage, a GM official said.
Toyotas Prius, the most efficient car now sold in the U.S., gets 48 miles per gallon.
The Volt is powered by an electric motor and battery pack with a 40-mile range. After that, a small internal combustion engine kicks in to generate electricity for a range of up to of 300 miles. The battery pack can be recharged from a standard home outlet.
The downside is that the Volt is expected to cost nearly $40,000, nearly double the sticker price of some economy hybrids.
The Volt is scheduled to appear in showrooms in late 2010.
Neil Cavuto said the Volt shows that the government could also do a good job on healthcare.
Nissan Leaf = 367 mpg, no tailpipe, and no gas required. Oh yeah, and itll be affordable too!
NissanEV shoots back at the latest Volt hype on Twitter, using the same DOE estimate as GM. That hit from the PR crackpipe sure didnt last long.
Why is GM asking $40,000 when Nissan will ask about $15,000 for the Leaf. And the Leaf gets 367 mpg. And it will be on sale in 2010.
Unemployed, lost my job June 30th.
Now thanks to you working people that are paying taxes, you are picking up 65% of my COBRA, (Porkulus) and my unemployment.
Also it sucks sitting around the house, playing w/my Clinton and scratching my Barry.
My minivan get 20,000 mpkw, assuming I turn on the garage lights and use my electric garage door opener. My Subaru gets 10 times that since I park it outside.
Imagine CA when there are 20 million electric cars all plugged in. Talk about brown outs...!
Which we all know is FREE and has no emissions because the power is generated by converting bunny farts to rainbows!
Your electric bill for August 2010...$40,000.
Not much of a contradiction.
You need to stop playing with your Clinton and Barry ☺
Good luck FRiend. What's your line of work?
$40K for a golf cart?? I see used ones in the paper for a few hundred bucks.
The miles would hardly get me from my home to town and back home again. Usability is a key factor for any vehicle - and this one is no exception.
From what I heard on Detroit talk radio, the GM spokes person said, ovenight, off peak hours, 40 cents/day.
Yeah Right, I want to smoke what he’s on!!!
We don’t versions of the Yugo. We want sleek and sexy muscle cars.
We have quite a few here who just don't get it. And they won't until they buy one of these dopey cars and look at their electric bill next month.
It must be union made.
The 230 mpg number is based on driving 50 miles. Of course, the first 40 are with the battery (infinite mpg), the last 10 are gas-powered (46 mpg).
12 gallon tank * 46 mpg + 40 battery miles = 49 mpg.
When gasoline is providing the power, the Volt might get as much as 50 mpg. But that mpg figure would not take into account that the car has already gone 40 miles with no gas at all.
So let's say the car is driven 50 miles in a day. For the first 40 miles, no gas is used and during the last 10 miles, 0.2 gallons are used. That's the equivalent of 250 miles per gallon. But, if the driver continues on to 80 miles, total fuel economy would drop to about 100 mpg. And if the driver goes 300 miles, the fuel economy would be just 62.5 mpg.
Use to work at a spring shop. Then they stopped doing business w/Delphi and Dana 4 years ago.
Than worked on windshields, but the company lost their GM contracts, and sent what work they had to Mexico.
Well, I’ll try not to go blind, deaf if I keep listening to Air Amerika, LOL!!
40 cents/day off peak. We don’t have off peak hours in CT.
I am not buying that figure anyway.
Sorry to here about your job. What type of job are you looking for?
Did he think it just sprang fullblown from Obama's forehead? Didn't he know the obvious, that the Volt has been in design for many years, and was scheduled for some sort of rollout this next year, long before the gubmint stole the rights to it? Honestly, if he really said that, he must be getting a little demented.
Ok, first of all the headlines are misleading. Predict means they don’t know yet and it is premature to “predict” the mileage this car will get. Secondly, you must count the cost of the energy used to recharge this wonderful green machine(sarcasm there)every night. Thirdly, I believe their 40 grand price tag will actually be more than that before they are through. We won’t even go into the 40 mile range this thing has.
Wow. Thats a rough sector right now.
Maybe you can find something with a custom shop?
People pay for the focused best.
Leave it to the current administration to cook up a new way to compute mileage by varying the trip length. By that measure my old pickup truck gets over 30 mpg. It's a 1/2 mile downhill to my buddy's place so I can just hold the clutch in and coast down there with the engine off. When its time to go home I start it up and drive home.
1/2 mile at infinite mpg, 1/2 mile at 16 mpg. Overall, 32 mpg.
GM guy on Greta, Fox cable, now.
Discussing the Volt.
No, thanks. I’d prefer a new RWD Chevelle with a 350 V-8.
That's about what a dealer will offer people for a 3 yr. old Volt trade in. I've seen dealers say no thanks at any price to a one yr. old Honda electric car.
At 200 + MPG, I'll take three for starters. Pretty soon, they'll be paying me to drive.
Hell, Mondays I could get my oldest grandson to school in #1, then come home and plug it into the the charger. Then later in the afternoon, I could use #1 to pick him up after school, and get his younger brother from daycare (may have to go to the ((cursed)) gas engine 'bout then.).
While #1 is charging midday, wife could take #2 to her hair dresser appointment, then hit the mall for an hour or so. I could scoot off in #3 while wife is getting gorgeous, and see if my local gun shop guy received the ammo he said would be here first thing monday. Would prolly come home with another .22 rifle, since gunny didn't have any ammo and I have lotsa .22lr (you can always use another .22), but what the hay, buy when you can.
Gimme a friggin break on the 200 + claims, OK?
Right now anything that pays over $9.50 an hour, not like anyone can get that in Metro Detroit.
There isn’t s**t here right now.
Guess, I’ll be be depending on the tax payers, to help me and Mrs. Springman out.
I’ve all ready finished off my honey-do list, well maybe the in-laws need some painting to do?
lol. without reading other posts just this first one... does he really think, or anyone else for that matter , take this serious after seeing that stoopid match smart car cruising around town. PLEEEAAAASEEEE.
35% Of Cobra Is a chunk of cash
Maybe when its going downhill off a cliff into the grand canyon imho!!
Personally I DONT BELIEVE IT FOR A SECOND!! This statement coming from Government Motors (or 0Bama Motors if you prefer) has as much truth as 0Bama saying that its a moral & right thing to do for the country to have nationalized Healthcare and there is nothing to worry about!!
I would really be surprised if a) it wasnt a 800 pound dressed up golf cart that can actually be safe to drive on the interstate and b) it can really get 60mpg in real world driving and not on some selected routes that perfectly matches what they want us to believe.
230 MPG may be possible, since it is powered by flying pigs.
I think Cavuto is being sarcastic
230 miles on a gallon of gas plus how many kilowatthours of electricity?...
Well, Janis Joplin asked the Lord to buy her a Mercedes Benz...
No, but it can probably pull a mosquito's rump in FL!
Make an application to Orange County Choppers, Montgomery, NY.
You would have a great job and we could watch you on TV!
But it has an eight horse Brigs & Stratton with a pull cord for the bad days...
Well! Thats good enough aint it?
Hate to say it, but it is less now, than I was paying, when I was working.
What I paid in two weeks, is now less than I pay in a month.
Had to pay through the nose, because I wanted to cover Mrs. Springman.
Well, time to go to bed, talk later, goodnight.
It is a deceptive practice for a company to say this.
Just read the article posted to Drudge. Not once did they mention how much MONEY it costs in electricity to get that 230 miles.
Heyup (The Brigs and Stratton is where the work gets done)
Best Wishes FRiend
Don’t worry about the money... We’ll just print more!
No, EPA only repeated what GM said - measurement is if you use a DRAFT EPA test.
That's a little better than the real-world mileage of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI wagon (Deisel). Not bad for a car with half the interior room and 1/4 of the driveability.
The sad thing is that if they reduced the battery storage to 4 miles, they would probably get an honest 70 mpg, shave about $15,000 off the price and have the performance of a sportscar.
A series hybrid is a great way to build a high performance car with great economy. Until electric storage improves trying add significant battery-only range will only reduce economy, increase price and make it sluggish.
But then again, it is a government designed car now.
‘Cause electricity just comes out of the wall socket without any type of generation or loss of efficiency in it’s conversion to electical power.....