Our friend Darryl Siry was quick to call the 230 number " unrealistic," adding that "the problem is that anytime you try to get to "miles per gallon" using vehicles that don't necessary use "gallons" you end up in a very strange debate with very strange outcomes." Indeed. Siry made sure to say that it's the EPA method (still in development, and one we don't know much about yet) and not only GM that is to blame here. GM has looked at what the EPA will use to determine the mpg ratings of plug-in hybrids and says that it'll result in 230 mpg. How could they not hype that up?
Over on What is 230?, someone who claims to be a "GM employee who works directly with people who work on the Volt" wrote in to say that the number is a "mis-leading gimmick of a marketing tactic." So, that's not good for GM. Treehugger also suggested we find some grains of salt.
In the least surprising response, Bob Lutz has nothing but good stuff to say about the 230 campaign and the rating. He says the hype was made "For one simple reason: We're proud of it." Is it just me, or are the stakes getting awfully high around here?
[Source: Darryl Siry, What is 230?]