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GM Announces 60 MPG Fuel Economy For Volt

 Posted by on November 25, 2010
Nov 252010
 

(Detroit, MI) — The Toyota Prius will take a back seat to the new Chevy Volt when it comes to fuel economy.

General Motors says the new plug-in hybrid will carry an EPA window sticker showing an overall city and highway fuel economy rating of 60-miles-per-gallon, about ten MPGs better than the Prius.

Assembly of the new car is underway now at a Detroit-area factory and the "Motor Trend" Car of the Year will roll into showrooms next month.

But the Volt will initially only be sold in only six states — California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Texas, in addition to Washington DC.

GM says the price would be about 41,000s.

The EPA rating is substantially lower than the 230-mile-per-gallon number being trumpeted by GM, but the fine print noted the higher figure was based on city driving in all-electric mode.

The EPA rating is a "miles-per-gallon-equivalent." The Volt is expected to operate between 25 and 50 miles on battery power alone, depending on conditions.

When the batteries need charging, a one-point-four-liter engine starts to charge them, giving the car an estimated 379 mile total range before stopping for gas.

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