Every major news outlet is buzzing about the Chevrolet Volt being capable of reaching 230 miles per gallon in city driving. While it’s an amazing feat capped off by the feel good vibes of coming from an American car maker – it raises an interesting question.
How much is too much to pay for clean, green technology?
Make no mistake, if money were no object the Volt would be in a class of it’s own. But with Toyota’s Prius starting off at $22,000 – is the $40,000 price tag that auto industry executives forecast realistic?
The Prius, now on it’s third generation of winning consumers, environmentalists and economists over will be challenged. How much though remains to be seen. Complicating things further is the fact that the Volt represents the EPA’s first effort at calculating electric vehicles MPGs… Wes Raynal from Autoweek summarizes the issue up well with his post, Chevy Volt MPG: Shocking!
No matter how you slice and dice and tear into that number, it’s impressive. GM will get a lot of play out of the announcement.
Question: Is it true? That’s where the Web commenting fun begins. Let me try to help you chill out and stop torturing each other.
I’ll grant that the Volt’s mileage is tricky to figure out. I mean, in theory, since the Volt runs up to 40 miles on electric power before the engine kicks in, some drivers could burn NO gas. Ever. So their miles per gallon would be potentially unlimited. On the other hand your commute could be 80 miles each way and the Volt’s gasoline engine will have to run for 40 of those miles. Obviously the EPA mpg number would be completely different. See what I mean? It’s muddy.
Please weigh in with your thoughts! Can the Volt be expected to sell well in our current economic state? Can an American automaker who’s on the ropes deliver a knockout with the Volt?