The Chevy Volt Only Gets 35MPG

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    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
    58.82 MPG World Record set by Jetta TDI
    261mpg Volkswagen XL1 to see limited production for the US
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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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    My Toyota gets 40 mpg
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    Ditto. My 2009 Toyota Yaris almost gets 40 mpg.
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    I bet you can go further in yours in a day too... :eusa_whistle:

    Kuddos to you Toyota owners too... :clap2:
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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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    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.

    America behind again.
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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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    Opel Ampera


    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 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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    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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    LOL. My 73 Land Cruiser BJ40 gets 31 on used cooking oil.Damn thing weighs almost 2 tons !
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    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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    I am often puzzled by the negative attitude towards American industry? When did this start and why? It is as if a company that built the country and provided a middle class life for millions is now somehow a bad thing? Toyota is killing people with technical flaws but GM gets criticized for one driver's results? And it makes no sense to argue the technical issues as the idea is not based in technology but in prejudice against our own nation's major car builder. (While I can guess the source, I wonder at the biased tools who just follow.) The curious irony is the same people who criticize GM are generally big fans of corporate power and laissez-faire economics. Yesterday I am listening to commentators on the Japanese tragedy and they are discussing the impact on the auto business, and someone notes how this will help the Korean car makers. WTF happened to buying American and supporting America I wonder. As Pogo said long ago we have met the enemy and the enemy is us.

    http://www.usmessageboard.com/economy/128477-did-obama-save-gm-3.html#post2607852
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    My 2004 Ranger, even loaded down with a mino-glacier in the back (thanks to Maine's winter), got 29 MPG, last fill-up.

    And in five years or so, I won't have to spend thousands to replace the batteries.

    Electric cars are quite a disappointment thus far.
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    Speak for yourself. My Hummer costs about $60/week to fill up right now, my modded Prius drives the same distance using about $6 of gasoline. Plus the electricity which I barely notice in the electric bill.

    You can be disappointed over a $200 month savings but I sure ain't.
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    Consumer Reports doesn't like the Chevy Volt.
    Via Yahoo! News:
    Consumer Reports says GM Volt falls short on range - Yahoo! Finance
    And there's something else I've been wondering about, do any of these electric cars have heaters? Well apparently they do BUT...

    From Wheels Canada:
    Sweater, gloves required when driving Volt in cold: Magazine | Wheels.ca
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    Woot! My big ole FORD gets about 15 with the intake, chip, and straight pipes with tips setup on it.:smoke::fu:
    I've only(hopefully) got 20-30yrs left on this earth and there isn't anyway in hell that my old fat ass is going to ride around in some little fuckin' sardine suicide trap, I don't care if it gets 100mpg.
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