So a while back we published an article entitled arguing that the Chevy Volt could, in fact, get a million miles per gallon, depending on how you drive it. Since the car gets 40 miles per electric charge before the internal combustion engine ever kicks on, so if you never drive more than 40 miles from your house, you never use gas...at all.
Of course, there has been some worry about how mileage ratings would be given to such a car. Well, the mystery is over. The EPA has developed a new system to determine the efficiency of plug-in vehicles, and the Volt came in at 230 mpg in the city and 100 mpgon the highway. This makes it the first car to have a triple-digit mileage rating.
The new calculation is more than just a guess by the EPA. The driving habits of Americans are taken into account, of course, but so has the petroleum equivalence of the electricity used to power the car. So they didn't just call those first forty miles "free" they took into account the cost and environmental impact of the electricity and it's STILL 230 mpg!
It's a great day for automobiles my friends.
written by Hank, August 11, 2009
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