Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chevy Volt and Electric Cars

The Chevy Volt has made news because its drivers average about 1,000 miles between fill-ups.  But what does this mean?

  • The Chevy Volt can go about 35 miles on a fully charged battery.  Then, the car operates on gas (it has a 9.3 gallon gas tank).  
  • Thus, the average Volt driver drives about 111 miles per gallon. 
  • Some drivers go about 4,000 miles between fill-ups, because they drive short distances and recharge the car frequently.  
  • In most of the U.S., electricity costs less than the equivalent usage of gas, per mile.  (about 1/3 the cost).  
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And how does the Volt perform in crash tests?  Due to the extra weight of battery packs, the Volt, and Leaf (another electric car) -- perform well in crash tests.

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