WASHINGTON GM is claiming its Chevy Volt electric vehicle will get at least 230 miles per gallon in city driving.
GM said Tuesday (Aug. 11) that its fuel economy claims are based on "development testing using a draft [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] fuel economy methodology for labeling plug-in electric vehicles."
It also said the Volt has achieved 25 kilowatt hours/100 miles electrical efficiency in city driving based on "tentative EPA methodology results."
"From the data we've seen, many Chevy Volt drivers may be able to be in pure electric mode on a daily basis without having to use any gas," GM CEO Fritz Henderson said in a statemnt. "EPA labels are a yardstick for customers to compare the fuel efficiency of vehicles. So, a vehicle like the Volt that achieves a composite triple-digit fuel economy is a game-changer."
Henderson added that the key to Volt's high-mileage performance is for consumers to recharge their batteries at least once a day. In its primary operating mode, the Volt is powered by electricity stored in its 16-kilowatts-per-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
GM also unveiled a production version of the Volt charger.