• Dec 23, 2010

2011 Chevrolet Volt EPA label – Click above to watch video after the jump

On November 24th, the EPA issued the official window sticker for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The slew of numbers scattered across the label can be rather confusing to decipher and, since the Volt is unlike any other vehicle on the market, its label is a far cry from what many car buyers expect to see on dealer lots.

With official numbers that range from 37 miles per gallon to 93 mpge (equivalent) combined to 60 mpg "composite," it's appropriate that General Motors is helping to educate potential buyers. Hop the jump to watch GM's brief video that attempts to explain the mess of numbers in the simplest of terms.

[Source: General Motors]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      A pretty decent PR movie.

      But I do note that the Chevrolet marketing department still seems to be in denial about the gas engine's occasionally-used mechanical coupling to the transmission: At about 0:18, they state "...at that point, the Volt's gasoline engine supplies the power to run the electric motors." That statement reinforces how we were lead to believe the Volt was configured originally, but not what Chevrolet later released.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM's ease and comfort in continuing the flim flam about something so inconsequential as the details of the power train and consistency with what they said before is more important than the truth gives one pause. If a fault occurs, especially in that oh so complicated transmission with 3 clutches and 2 electric motors, will they recall the cars to fix them or will they just deny the problem exists?
        • 4 Years Ago
        most of the complexity is in the control algorithms not the mechanical parts of the Voltec drive-train (compared to a regular automatic at least which has more than one compound planetary gear sets.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be fair, the Prius has two electric motors. And there are many automatic transmissions with more than 3 clutches.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I watched the video. It was excellent. Its a hard marketing piece to produce, as they probably had to keep saying 35 miles on electric and then the rest on gas and having to give the full range of the car. Unfortunately It made the 35 miles seem trivial and since it is only 10% of the range it is.

      However, if they would have given an example of driving to work, plugging in, and then going home, it would have been better. Say you have an hour commute or 35 miles...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The eMPG number is a crock, and wildly inflated due to the methodology chosen. The EPA went out of its way to ignore the DOE's previous methodology, which would have given much lower numbers that were much more in line with how electric cars drive fossil fuel consumption over in the power plant.

      http://blogs.forbes.com/warrenmeyer/2010/11/24/the-epas-electric-vehicle-mileage-fraud/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh . . . OK.

      They should emphasize that the car optimized to allow a medium commute to be driven purely electrically thus the vast majority of driving will be on electricity. Given an example of someone the commutes 35 miles every weekday, does some short weekend errands and visits grandma 200 miles away 4 times a year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't even need to bother watching the video. The entire label is perfectly clear to me after just taking 20 seconds to read it.

      Is there anyone out there that seriously had to watch the video to figure out the sticker?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good points.

        There I go again, being a Liberal Elitist!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well when 1 out of 10 Americans still believe Elvis is alive and 4 out of 10 Americans believe the Earth is only 10,000 years old.

        I'm not sure I put too much faith in Joe Sixpack to understand the EPA sticker without a simple video to explain it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it is for a different audience. One that is not used to plug-ins. You're talking about an audience where the majority doesn't even know what a kWh is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A couple of things stick out:

      The Volt is the top rated Compact because the LEAF is classified as a Midsize.

      And if the range is 35 miles, but it uses 10.6 kWh for 30 miles, that means that the Volt is using 12.7 kWh to go those 35 miles. This is a significant increase from the 8 kWh originally stated and about 80% of the battery's capacity (rather than 50%).

      ... and the Volt is a hybrid, not an electric car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is the Volt a hybrid? An electric? No, "it's more car than electric".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im mixed-up if that car is good or deceiving. First: 35 miles on battery alone is short if you look at the size of the huge battery and try to hold the battery in your arms, it weight a ton, is big and cost a lot while working only 35 miles approx but i heard that the drivability is good but there is no merit of having good drivability on electricity because it's the easiest thing to obtain good drivability with electric motors anyway, LOL,

      Second the gas efficiency is horrible with over-powered, non-scalable, costly, huge, inneficient, weighty, 110 years old technology gasoline recharger-performance enhancer and range-extender electrical generator, only 37 mpg, the almost exact replice of a car of this size and performance while electric motors and better, cheaper, more reliable, more efficient, more powerful and smallers ??? I give exactly nothing to the gm engineers, managers, stock holders and gwbush and barack(goverment) in good engeineiring skills, nor marketing because they sold only one with charity up to now and horrendous financial results with 40 billions paid recently to a bankrupt big oil satellite business.

      Also gm is still trying to sell that car without the necessary fueling needed devises to operate cheaply, efficiently and securelly this car ??? They omitted again 100 years old technology by selling this monster of costs without a solar panel, windmills and small scalable adapted home and portable garbage digester. Results: still have to pay the maximum to utility service providers like crude imported oil and coal, natural gas, nuclear, all of which are traded by the usual suspects that reside in wall-street but also everywhere on earth because they bought everything since long time ago including pet roles in washington, ottawa, london, saudi-arabia, bahamas, mexico, panama, zimbawe, russia, china, japan, london, paris munich , baden baden, aushwitch, guantanamo, alcatraz, yemen, swiss, afganistan, irak, iran, etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is a lot of information there, but I don't have any problems deciphering that. It just has a lot of information to chew (comparably speaking).
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