GM Boosts Electric Range on Chevrolet Volt
A tweaked battery ekes out three more EPA-rated electric miles for the 2013 Volt.
The 2012 Volt is rated at 35 miles per charge, while the new car's battery -- which features "minor changes to the material composition" and an additional half-kilowatt-hour -- can eke out 38 miles. The car's new electric MPGe rating, below what we saw from Wednesday's announcement for the Honda Fit EV, has increased from 94 to 98 MPGe, while the total range with the gas engine is now 380 miles, up from 375 (the Fit EV, meanwhile, can only muster 82). Charging times also increase, albeit negligibly. The base price remains at $39,995.
When the Volt debuted, General Motors couldn't decide on the car's electric range (the original "40 miles" quickly became "25 to 50 miles," and somewhere in the confusion GM estimated the Volt would return 230 mpg before the EPA decided on a standard test for plug-in hybrids).
Volt sales have improved tremendously, with 7,057 cars sold through May -- a 223 percent increase versus the same period last year. In 2011, Chevrolet sold just 7,671 cars. However, despite high demand in states like California, GM is still planning to shut down the Volt assembly lines for three weeks in July.
While Honda announced yesterday their new FIT offers a 118 MPG fuel estimate, which of course wil very due to divers habits, terrain, and other conditions, and which will be priced at about the same as the VOLT, yet provides a style that is all to familier as the standard Japanese sub-compact, and is only capable of traveling a paltry 82 miles before having to stop and charge up, the VOLT with it's sporty exterior hatch back design, it's comfortable, and as far as hybrids go, plush interior, not to mention it's competative price, and compatition smashing range of 380 miles per tank (at which point the VOLT just nedds a six gallon fill up to continue on for an additional 380 miles as oppossed to the compatitions 6 to 12 hour nap !) the VOLT is the hybrid to beat for real world viability !
Now being that GM is an American manufacturer, and you can listen to the naysayers who write this propoganda, or you can check it out for yourself. Most of what GM sells if manufacturered here in the U.S. that is why the company employs over 62,000 workers here in the U.S.. These Americans earn an average of 64,000.00 annually and together provide roughly 685 MILLION in annual federal tax revenu. That is nearly 1 Billion dollars a year in tax revenue provided by the directly employed persons working for G.M.. In addition the American companies that subcontract their products and services to G.M. employee an additional 750000 thousand Americans, providing an annual Federal Tax revenue of nearly 7.5 BILLION ! Now that is in addition to the fact that the stores these Americans shop in, the services these Americans pay for, the Houses these Americans buy, are all here. As in Here in America. So why would any American based publication proviide the public with biased information that is scewered against an American manufacturer, when they could just as easily, and a bit more honestly scewer ther bias towards an American manufacturer, and actually help America ?
I have owned GMs and Fords and oversee the maintenance of a large fleet of vehicles at work. I KNOW who is making better vehicles. When GM and Ford surpass the Japanese in reliability and cost of ownership, I will buy their products again, but not until then.
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