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How clean those mpg's are in electric mode depends on the electricity source.
Because off-peak electric rates are usually lower than they are during the daytime, you can program the Volt to charge at a preset time, using the dashboard's touch-screen, a smart-phone app or the new myvolt.com site
Volt owners can get whatever MPG they want by limiting the use of the car in extended-range mode.
While the Volt is no doubt far more fuel-efficient than any other gasoline vehicle or hybrid vehicle on the market, when driving short daily distances, we consider the Leaf slightly greener as it never has any tailpipe emissions and can go even farther (up to 100 miles) on a charge.
Electricity for charging costs far less than gasoline. But in looking at environmental impact, it's less cut-and-dried: If your electricity comes from the oldest, dirtiest coal plants, then it's not a solid step forward; but if it's from wind farms and nuclear plants, then you're probably doing your environment a favor.
The Volt's battery takes about 10 to 12 hours to charge with a 120-volt household-style outlet, or just four hours with a 240-volt charger, such as those at charging stations or possible around heavy-duty appliance outlets.
How green is the 2011 Chevy Volt? It depends on how far you drive, how well you keep it charged, and where you charge it.