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Old 01-28-2011, 12:12 AM
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The Chevy Volt Only Gets 35MPG

This week a friend of mine in Arizona took a new Chevy Volt on a 300 mile trip & only got 35mpg. So I did a little checking & this is what I discovered. The Volkswagen Golf, Rabbit & Jetta TDI cost half as much as a Chevy Volt & gets from 47-59 mpg in the real world driving & test. The phrase “your mileage may vary” has reached a new level of meaning and importance.

EPA Rates Chevy Volt at 93 MPG, or 60 MPG or 35 MPG, Depending
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One day after the all-electric Nissan LEAF received its 99-mpg (equivalent) rating from the EPA, General Motors announced the Chevy Volt will carry a rating of 93 mpg while running purely on electricity, and 37 mpg in so-called “charge-sustaining” mode.

While the EPA tries to pin 60 mpg as a single composite number for the Volt’s efficiency, the amount of energy consumed will greatly depend on how you drive, the distance of common commutes, and how often it’s charged. "If you try to boil it down to a single number, it gets quite difficult," said Tony DiSalle, Chevrolet product marketing director. To make matters more detailed and confusing, the EPA also said the Volt has a 35-mile range on electricity alone and a range of 379 miles with gasoline and electricity.
58.82 MPG World Record set by Jetta TDI
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The most fuel efficient car across North America is not a hybrid. It’s a diesel. A Volkswagen Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, to be exact. Set under real world conditions with a completely stocked Jetta TDI... Making its way across the nation and into a world records, a Jetta TDI recently achieved 58.82 MPG during a successful 9,419 mile bid for the lowest fuel consumption across the Continental United States. Despite being officially rated at “just” 30 MPG city and 41 MPG highway by the EPA, the Jetta TDI managed a whopping 14 percent improvement over the previous record of 51.58 MPG.
261mpg Volkswagen XL1 to see limited production for the US
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Volkswagen is calling their XL1 Concept the most fuel efficient car in the world and while there is no guarantee that the production version will retain the exact drivetrain from the concept, the XL1 that debuted at the Qatar Motor Show is powered by a 0.8L litre, two-cylinder turbo diesel aided by an electric motor/lithium ion battery pack and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. This drivetrain installed in the slippery yet distinctly modern VeeDub styling affords the XL1 an amazing 261 miles per gallon.
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They got to lie otherwise they will never reach the 65 mpg mandate of Obama's.

The Cooper/BMW Mini only get 35, how in the hell will they get the Mini up to 65 let alone the average of all cars.
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:27 AM
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My Toyota gets 40 mpg
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Ditto. My 2009 Toyota Yaris almost gets 40 mpg.
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Ditto. My 2009 Toyota Yaris almost gets 40 mpg.
I bet you can go further in yours in a day too...

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My Toyota gets 40 mpg
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Ditto. My 2009 Toyota Yaris almost gets 40 mpg.
I bet you can go further in yours in a day too...

Kuddos to you Toyota owners too...
My car is not a Hybrid, so I can go as far as I want or as long as there is a gas station. LOL
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Hell, my wife's 12 year Lumina gets 34 on road trips.
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Ahh on 300 mile trips yes lower mileage.
The Prius gets much better mileage on 300 mile trips though.

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While the Volt CAN be driven that way, it was created as a commuter car designed to take you to and from work and around town without the gas engine kicking in. It does what it was designed to do very well. The problem is in the price.




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They're selling a much better looking version of the volt in Europe as the Opel Ampera. I like THIS car much better, but it's really the same car.





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my SUV gets 20/17 and can go nearly 500 miles on a single tank
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My car is not a Hybrid, so I can go as far as I want or as long as there is a gas station. LOL
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My car IS a hybrid, and can go as far as I want or as long as there is a gas station to. What does being a hybrid have to do with that?
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Me too. And it can fit the whole family with the kids all in their own corner, away from the other ones, with room to spare. Dog gets a whole seat to herself too.
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remove gas engine? add batteries for 100% electric Volt

Can the engine be removed? After all, if the engine kicks on just to charge the batteries-why can't it be removed and made into an all electric car.

Seems to me if the electric drive shaft and the engine drive shaft are integrated into one drive shaft, why can't the engine and its drive shaft be removed? It's a slip-on fit, right?

Removing the engine shouldn't void the warranty, should it? After all, it isn't an add-on modification.
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Can the engine be removed? After all, if the engine kicks on just to charge the batteries-why can't it be removed and made into an all electric car.

Seems to me if the electric drive shaft and the engine drive shaft are integrated into one drive shaft, why can't the engine and its drive shaft be removed? It's a slip-on fit, right?

Removing the engine shouldn't void the warranty, should it? After all, it isn't an add-on modification.
Why in the world would you want to remove the engine? Then you would basically have a car with a 35 mile radius (1/2 that for round trip) with no room for error, or a serious need to plan on being by a plug every 30 miles or so.
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