Chevy Volt: An Exercise in Futility
UPDATE: So it only took a few hours for the EPA to dump all over Chevy’s statement.
EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore cannot confirm the fuel economy values claimed by GM.
Further, GM believes that coming out with the 230 rating at this point in time is one way to change people’s perception of what kind of car the Volt is.
What kind of car is the Volt?
An exercise in both fantasy and futility.
Everyone’s got their panties are in a bunch today because the Chevy Volt gets 230 mpg.
Two-hundred-and-thirty miles per gallon.
Now, I want to see GM come back just as much as the next guy. It is an American icon. And I want this car to succeed beyond everyone’s wildest dreams, despite the fact that it costs “somewhere around $40,000” and it will take about 113,000 miles to recoup those costs. And that electricity demand and battery demand will increase (coal-fired power plants and mining, anyone?)
But isn’t it a little suspicious that the EPA breaks in their new “real world” electric vehicle mileage technologies…on the most important new car from Government Motors? Doesn’t it seem a little bit like the government helping itself?
And, of course nobody really knows what these “new mileage technologies” or “230 mpg” are or how they work.
Kind of like Obama’s healthcare plan.