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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    Fuel efficiency is going to be a very tricky thing once we get plug-in hybrids. Car companies will be able to post these astronomical mpg numbers, but of course we still pay for electricity. That has to be factored in somehow.

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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Is your Focus a hybrid? I'm asking because we're buying a new car this month.
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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    My question about these electric cars in general is whether they've overcome the problem of the drop in horsepower as the battery drains. Anyone know?

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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    Quote Originally Posted by phattonez View Post
    Fuel efficiency is going to be a very tricky thing once we get plug-in hybrids. Car companies will be able to post these astronomical mpg numbers, but of course we still pay for electricity. That has to be factored in somehow.
    I was just thinking the same thing. While it may use less gas does it use any less over all energy? If we are instead using electricity that is produced by coal and oil are we really gaining much?

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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Is your Focus a hybrid? I'm asking because we're buying a new car this month.
    Nope, it's a regular 4 door car. I do the math, and on highways I've hit 38, but average 35.
    city is 90% of the time 32.
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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    I bet I can't pull my boat with it, which makes it purdy much useless.
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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- General Motors said Tuesday its new Chevy Volt will get 230 miles per gallon in the city, dwarfing the current mileage leader and giving the automaker reason to crow about its strides in fuel efficiency.

    GM, fresh out of bankruptcy, is looking to the Volt to highlight a parade of 25 new vehicles by 2011 aimed at stemming market-share declines and bringing the automaker back to profitability. The Volt could also give GM a much-needed makeover in terms of its reputation for lagging behind the push toward "green" technology.

    Scheduled for late 2010, the Volt will be able to travel up to 40 miles on electricity from a single charge, based on testing of pre-production prototypes and extend its overall range to 300 miles or more using a flex fuel-powered engine-generator.

    GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon - MarketWatch



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    Sorry, but this is a complete crock of crap. This lie is so blatant that even a 5 year old could debunk it. It all has to do with bad math. It does not take into account your charging the batteries each day. If you drive 10 miles to work each day, you get gas mileage of infinity miles to a gallon. Of course, they would be busted immediately with that kind of claim. The 230 mpg claim is pretty close, though.

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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    IF it works as advertised, aces, I'm still not buying a GM or Chevy vehicle. My little Ford Focus get's 32-35 MPG and really, the savings on paying 12,000 vs 40,000 make it more economical.
    The one thing I thought was really funny is that people kept talking about fuel efficiency this and that, but if they were really concerned there was already a good option for the mean time. You didn't need to go hybrid or whatever other scam is out there, I have a small Chevy Caviler. It's an underpowered 4 cylinder, gets great gas mileage.


    Of course my motorcycle gets even better gas mileage.
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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    I despise the EPA regulations for MPG for hybrids. Adding the battery driven range to the gasoline range is absurdly misleading, as it has nothing to do with how efficient the vehicle is. If you shrunk the volts gas tank down a pint, if would over 1000 miles per gallon on the sticker despite nothing actually changing about the fuel efficiency.

    They should change the standard so electric vehicles are rated by the fuel efficiency of the gasoline engine as well as posting the range you can go on battery. So a plug-in hyrbid would read 45mpg+40E according to EPA standards.

    Although the volt is a not so great implementation, it is a useful testbed for other technologies. The range extended vehicle concept is far superior to the Prius with its complicated transmission. The technology is useful for testing electric motors and drivetrains, which are quite immature. It will speed the development for full electric cars when a suitable battery technology becomes available. Also, someone might get the bright idea for hybrid without a heavy battery.

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    Re: GM: Volt will get 230 miles per gallon

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    The one thing I thought was really funny is that people kept talking about fuel efficiency this and that, but if they were really concerned there was already a good option for the mean time. You didn't need to go hybrid or whatever other scam is out there, I have a small Chevy Caviler. It's an underpowered 4 cylinder, gets great gas mileage.


    Of course my motorcycle gets even better gas mileage.
    I also have a Chevy Cavalier. I get 32MPG, and am a lot happier than when I had my van, which only got about 8MPG. LOL.
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