Eight months ago, General Motors made a huge deal about how the Chevrolet Volt will get 230 miles per gallon. Of course, the company admitted that this isn't what drivers will actually experience when they use the car, just that the Volt is "expected to achieve city fuel economy of at least 230 miles per gallon, based on development testing using a draft EPA federal fuel economy methodology for labeling for plug-in electric vehicles."

All this is nice, but what is the reality? What number will you get if you're a Volt driver and you've gone more than 40 miles and used up the car's battery pack? Then how many mpg will you be getting? Volt engineers have said that the Volt's target number is 50 mph and, according to the Detroit News, "Road testing shows the Volt is meeting ... the goal of 50 miles per gallon when the range-extending gasoline engine kicks in." So, until we get a chance to drive the car for the long-term, this is as close as we can get to the real number. Sound good?

[Source: Detroit News via Green Car Reports]

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