Now that we know the price, how about the other secret?
It turns out we may never see an official announcement from GM even after the car launches into retail deliveries.
GM has insisted, rightly so, the Volt should not be compared to other cars, and that its in a class of its own. Without doubt for the majority of drivers during the majority of their drives the Volt will use no gas at all. And although gas will burn at a certain rate while the generator is running, its contribution to overall fuel economy may be minimal.
When GM announced last Summer that the Volt could get 230 mpg on average over time, they took into account nightly recharging and typical driving patterns. It was an illustration but not fact.
The fact is the EPA is still trying to determine the best method for creating a consumer sticker for the Volt. Recently ratified SAE J1711 standard will be used to measure the car’s efficiency and still takes use over time into account.
Because the typically slow-moving bureaucratic EPA still hasn’t concluded what label the Volt will have, GM admits they might not even have one from them come November when the car reaches showrooms.
“Its possible the EPA still won’t have a label when the Volt goes into production,” said GM spokesperson Rob Peterson. “They’re just trying to do what’s right.”
Instead GM may issue its own detailed chart label to go with the car illustrating typical fuel usage in a variety of scenarios that will serve temporarily.
“The VOLT will have a label for launch with a lot of information to assist the customer,” says Volt vehicle line director Tony Posawatz. “It will not be the final label beyond 2011 MY.”
The eventual EPA label “will have a lot of info including a fuel efficiency number if you never charge your VOLT,” he said.
As for who will release that generator (CS) mode MPG, it “wont be GM,” said Peterson. We won’t then likely get fuel economy in generator mode estimates until the cars is driven for extended periods by early buyers and the media.
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