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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Chevy Volt's "230 MPG" Propaganda

The Chevy Volt gets 230 MPG? Really? Using GM's "calculations" if you drive under 40 miles per day, you will get infinite MPG! The reality is that the Chevy Volt runs 40 miles on battery power, then a gasoline generator kicks in and you average around "40 MPG". However, I will wait for the real MPG rating as the Prius's initial 60 MPG rating was a lie - try 45 MPG. But what does a plug-in electrical charge (which is not free) have to do with MPG? Absolutely nothing, it is pure propaganda using it to calculate "MPG". How dishonest has Government Motors become to lie about the Volt's MPG just to sell a car that only the mathematically challenged would buy? Apparently a sucker is born every minute...
"Green vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius aren't really all about saving money on gas, but you would like to think that buying one would save you some cash in the long run.

We've crunched the numbers on various hybrids over the years and the result is usually the same -- it takes years to make up for the added cost of a hybrid compared to gas-powered vehicle of the same type." - Edmunds

However, a true 235 MPG concept car does exist - The Volkswagen 1-litre Diesel Car.


References:
Even At 230MPG, Volt Would Still Cost More To Own Than Prius (Edmunds)
Nissan claims 367 mpg for its electric Leaf - even though it doesn't use gas (USA Today)
EPA Won’t Confirm The Volt Gets 230 MPG (Wired)
Questions Surround GM's 230 mpg Chevy Volt Claim (U.S. News and World Report)

2 comments:

the News Thinker said...

the reuters link does not work

Andrew said...

Thank you, it has been fixed.