Chevrolet Volt Gets EPA Sticker: 93MPG On All-Electric - HotHardware
Chevrolet Volt Gets EPA Sticker: 93MPG On All-Electric

Chevrolet Volt Gets EPA Sticker: 93MPG On All-Electric

A car isn't really a piece of computer hardware. It's made of up lots of them, though, and Chevrolet's Volt holds a special place in the hearts of technology freaks. For years, people have watched the Volt progress from a concept, into a car with a questionable future, into a car that's all-but-ready for release. Now, the final hurdle is upon General Motors. The Chevy Volt is expected to debut on American car lots as a 2011 model, and the biggest question surrounding it was just how good would the gas mileage be.

Now we know. The EPA has just revealed the MPG sticker for the 2011 Volt, and it's impressive. The math to figure up these figures is fairly complicated, but the car has received a 93MPG equivalent when running in all-electric mode, and a 37MPG rating for gas-only. Somewhere in-between is where it's likely to land in real-world use, and that's not bad at all.

Will you be standing in line to get the technology lover's car? Does this EPA sticker make up your mind one way or the other?

Volt gets new fuel economy label to go with new drive system

DETROIT – When the 2011 Volt begins arriving in Chevrolet showrooms over the next few weeks it will have an all-new fuel economy label to go with its unique propulsion system.

With its ability to operate completely gasoline- and emissions-free for 25 to 50 miles and then continue indefinitely with its range- extending engine, the Volt’s energy efficiency depends on how you use it.

Because the Volt works like no other car before it, General Motors and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency collaborated to design a new label to help consumers understand what to expect when they drive the Volt.  Before plug-in cars like the Volt, calculating fuel economy was simply a matter of filling the tank with fuel, driving the vehicle and dividing the distance by the amount of fuel consumed.

Even though they have no tailpipe emissions, electric cars still use energy so the MPG equivalent (MPGe) is determined by measuring electricity use and converting it based on the energy content in a gallon of gasoline.  This MPGe rating allows consumers to compare the Volt’s efficiency to other cars in its segment.

The Volt uses two energy sources, electricity from the grid, and gasoline from the pump, with the mix depending on how far you drive and how often you charge the battery. The Volt is a complex vehicle that is incredibly easy to use.  And while the new fuel economy label also looks complex, it has more information than any EPA label before it. 
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Good specs. My brother in law pre-ordered one of them a long time ago.

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Really? and with this puny homo car your getting laughed at by numerous people with real muscle cars and V8s including me. I dont give a rip about 93mpg if you look stupid and should have a sign that says im gay and it shows. LOL Fail!

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Soldier, Some people don't care about going fast.

And only those who are insecure really care about what people think about them or the car they drive.

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The real thing here is what is the mile rate when running in electric only mode? How far can you go really. I have seen the commercial talking about how we Americans like to wander, or go on road trips. If I do so in a Volt where in the world will I charge it after it runs out of electricity, the answer from what I understand is nowhere! That is unless that location is equipped with a specific plug in outlet?

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Considering that you could only drive less than 35mph in all electric mode i doubt you could go very far. Hybrid's are such a fawking joke for anyone that drives over 35mph. If you do stop and go crowded traffic driving then it might make sense. I dont see why more postal delivery people dont use these types of cars seeing as they are stopping and going all the time.

What really kills me is the prices they charge for these vehicles. For the same price i could have a real luxury car or a nice sports car with a real engine that gets close to 30mpg and looks a heck of a lot better than the hybrid green peace hippy POS.

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Drago:
Considering that you could only drive less than 35mph in all electric mode

That's not so, it's driving range is 35 miles (not 35 MPH speed)  in all electric mode. The car drives at normal speeds for those 35 miles. Once the battery wears down, the gasoline engine starts up and you can keep going for a long way, making long road trips possible at 37 Miles Per Gallon.

As for the Gay comments, anyone who would call my brother in law gay to his face would most likely have their ass handed to them on a platter.

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Give me a Challenger that goes 500 miles on a charge, then I'll think about it!

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What produces most of the electricity within the U.S.? You got it, more fossil fuels. This isn't a whole lot more than a diversionary tactic designed to keep your eyes off of what's really going on. If this takes off, you can bet that even as gasoline consumption falls, the pricing on the fossil fuels used to produce the power will go up - and electricity bills will skyrocket.

The real answer is to look into lowering the cost of completely alternative fuel sources, i.e. the hydrogen fuel cell.

It's not about pollution, people. Honestly, I could care less about the environment. What it's about is the same thing everything else is - money. If we stopped using fossil fuels, the largest corporations on the planet would die, and those poor people might have to sell their private islands or 8 or 9 of their vacation homes.

Heaven forbid.

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Great car should be like this, all electric no more gas powered engines for life

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Chevy have always made cars that are highly reliable! But this time it is not powered by gas it is a plug in vehicle that would match the great Toyota Prius and the Nissan Leaf. There have a lot or electric vehicles that are concept vehicles, it maybe launch or just a display of future comes to come. However the Japanese are already ahead in terms of technology while their North American counter parts are making initiative to catch up with lost time to come up with the same technology. Soon there would be miles of Painless Wiring all over the car, this will be connected on a motor that would no longer require gasoline nor hefty and dirty oil change.

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