GM confirms that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt will get 230 mpg city, and a composite fuel economy (city and highway) of more than 100 mpg according to draft regulations being developed at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This morning, General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson revealed that the extended-range electric car would achieve the first-ever fuel economy rating above 100 mpg if the current principles of measuring consumption in this new class of serial hybrids eventually is adopted.
How can the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency possibly measure fuel consumption that low? The answer, it turns out, is all in the assumptions. For a full discussion of the Volt's green numbers and that 230-mpg fuel economy, High Gear Media's GreenCarReports.com goes in depth to discuss how the EPA measures economy, how GM is estimating the 2011 Chevy Volt's numbers, and what happens when the new car hits the streets. "Your mileage may vary," GCR's John Voelcker sums it up.
Stay tuned for more today as TheCarConnection brings you the latest from a GM background event laying out the future of Cadillac, Buick, and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt--and read up on more Volt stories at AllCarsElectric and our colleagues over at GM-Volt.com.
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