GM announced Wednesday that its Chevrolet Volt can get the equivalent of 93 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving while powered by electricity. EPA gives Volt 60 mpg rating in combined driving.
The figures, all estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will appear on the Volt’s window sticker when the car goes on sale sometime next month.
Anyway, that number doesn’t match the 99 mpg-equivalent granted the all-electric Nissan Leaf, but it’s close enough for GM’s purposes.
However, Nissan Leaf is All-Electric. So when the batteries are empty the car will stop. On the other hand, Volt runs on electricity too, but, when the 16-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery runs down, a 1.4-liter gasoline engine drives a generator to keep juice flowing to the wheels. GM says the Volt’s total range on a tank of gas is 379 miles, including the miles traveled on battery power.
The electric battery has an official range of 35 miles. When you’re driving solely on electric power, you’ll get the equivalent of 93 mpg combined city and highway.
The Volt will have a sticker price of $41,000 and GM will sell it first in California, then make it available in New York; New Jersey; Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Michigan and Texas. The car will be sold nationwide in 12 to 18 months.