So Much For That; EPA Won’t Back Up GM’s 230 MPG Claim

Oh GM, I knew you were getting ahead of yourself.

Early this morning, CEO Fritz Henderson claimed thatthe Chevy Volt, a gas-electric plug-in hybrid would earn an EPA-estimated rating of 230 MPG.

But according to Green Car Advisor, the EPA has said no such thing.

Hit the jump to read the EPA’s reply.

The EPA had this to say in response to GM’s 230 MPG claim.

EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore cannot confirm the fuel economy values claimed by GM.  EPA does applaud GM’s commitment to designing and building the car of the future – an American-made car that will save families money, significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create good-paying American jobs. We’re proud to see American companies and American workers leading the world in the clean energy innovations that will shape the 21st century economy.

So how did GM get to the 230 mpg figure, and why did they jump the gun without the right credentials?

Probably something like this; the average city testing cycle for a new car under current EPA rules is 11 miles long at various speeds, inclines, and conditions (traffic, open road, etc). The Volt can travel 40 miles on electricity alone, so by the time the gas engine kicks in, the Volt will have traveled 40 miles without a sip of gas. The next 11 miles would drain just under a quarter gallon of gas.

Just like magic, GM has a 230 MPG car.

I mean hey, technically, it works. Who among us drives more than 40 miles a day for work? My average commute consists of about 60 miles round trip, but in a Volt that would only cost me twenty miles worth of gas, probably under a half-gallon since the Volt will still get very good gas mileage. But my commute is almost all highway; how the Volt’s battery fares at highway speeds is yet to be seen.

I thought you all might want to know this, even though I’m sure I’ll catch all hell for it. I still believe in American cars…I just wish Fritz would have been more…up front.

Source: Green Car Advisor

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.