Remember when GM said that the new 2011 Chevrolet Volt was going to get 40 miles on its initial charge before switching over to its range-extender gas engine? We do too, but according to a recent report published by Popular Mechanics, that’s simply not happening. Apparently in everyday driving conditions the Volt only averaged about 33 miles before ole’ Mr. Fossil Fuel burner kicked in. These numbers were compiled over a range of 900 miles with drivers piloting the Volt under what are considered to be daily driving conditions. Now 33 miles on a charge isn’t super terrible, but GM basically beat us to death with that 40 mile initial charge stat. Understand also that when you run out of juice on that electric motor, that the gas engine is going to require premium fuel every time you fill it up.
Popular Mechanics ran the numbers and determined that between the crappy electric mileage of 33 miles per charge and the 38.15 mpg that the gas engine produced, that the total average worked out to a combined mileage of 37.5 mpg city and 38.15 mpg highway. Is this what we’ve all been waiting for? Hell, my old 2006 4-banger Honda Accord got 34 mpg on regular fuel and only cost me $20k new. This is compared to over $40k for the Volt when you add in the charging system. I don’t know about you but if this is GM’s idea of progress then we’re all in a heck of a lot of trouble.
37.5 mpg city and 38.15 mpg highway.