One little thing – or is it maybe a big one? – caught our eye in yesterday's announcement the free in-home chargers that will be available to some early Chevy Volt buyers: a change in how General Motors was talking about the Volt's total range. In some recent press releases, GM's official total range for the Volt was 300 miles. Here's an example from a December 2009:
In yesterday's announcement, GM said the following:The Chevrolet Volt is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt's lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the total driving range to more than 300 miles before refueling or stopping to recharge the battery.
Did this mean there was a bigger fuel tank installed or was the MPG recently tweaked somehow to give a longer range or did "more than 300 miles" always mean 350? We checked with GM's Rob Peterson to see what the deal is, and it turns out that 350 is – and always has been – the right number:The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with extended range capability, designed to drive up to 350 miles without stopping to recharge or refuel. For the first 40 miles, Volt is powered by pure electricity, without using gasoline or producing tailpipe emissions. When the Volt's lithium-ion battery is depleted, a gasoline-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 300 miles.
There you go. Proof that GM has made at least one mistake with the Volt. We kid, we kid.No real change in range - our "over 300 miles" has always meant about 340 (I think either your note or our release has a typo) with a full battery and full tank of gas.