Wednesday, November 3, 2010

127 MPG: The Chevy Volt


I did a post on the Nissan Leaf a couple of weeks ago, so I feel it's only fair to give its closest competitor some spotlight also.



The Chevrolet Volt exhibits some impressive statistics, and the title of this post speaks for itself in terms of the car's efficiency. The main difference between the Volt and the Leaf is that Chevy's Volt actually does have a small internal combustion engine which operates as a generator to assist its electric engine.

For instance, if you're running low on juice, or the Volt's on board computer determines that you are using a large amount of electricity (i.e. driving up a mountain) the gas engine will kick in to keep the battery charged and running at peak efficiency. However, statistics show that the majority of drivers won't have to activate that engine during their daily driving.



I personally like the Chevy Volt because it won't leave you stranded. However, it's substantially more expensive than the Nissan Leaf with a MSRP of $40,280. Keep in mind also that the EPA doesn't consider it a fully-electric, zero emissions vehicle and it therefore doesn't qualify for their rebates.


Is this the future of automotive engineering? If so, they'll have to do something about the cost.





20 comments:

  1. The whole problem of the "cars of the future" is that they are so damn expensive... Looks like a fun car to ride tho. :)

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  2. ya the price lol they need to do something about it... but hey in 10 year these cars well be normal im sure

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  3. I like what you did with your blog.

    Followin !

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  4. this car is just great! a friend of mine has it!

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  5. I wouldn't mind a Volt...looks nice

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  6. Looks like a really nice car and it is pretty impressive as well, just hate to kick out that much money for a vehicle that I will hardly use at all. If they make eco-friendly cars this nice and a bit cheaper I'd be on board right away. Just can't justify the price for the little time I drive.

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  7. I'll care what millage my car gets when factories, airplanes and ships start doing their part. I don't see why I should have to bare the burden of all this green shit.

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  8. this looks like a serviceable car...

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  10. I remember the "volt" that would only run on electricity.

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  11. I read a little more on this... it's intreesting

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  12. The volt pisses me off. It is just a crappy hybrid. 38.8 MPG when driving straight through a tank. CMON my hybrid camry gets better than that. Dang, Id take a leaf anyday.

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