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Old 13th August 2009, 16:42   #1
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Thumbs up 100 KM Per Lt. GM Volt

General Motors said its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get 230 miles per gallon (98 kilometers per litre) of gasoline in city driving.

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Old 13th August 2009, 16:48   #2
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Is it coming to India.
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What tech do they have that gives them these figures? Sounds too good to be true.
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The car looks great, is this really getting launched? any idea about debut in India?
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Old 13th August 2009, 17:37   #5
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well as for 100km per liter !! its a hybrid. so most likely 75% of the 100km may be from its Battery charge.
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Saw it on the news today. The cars looks pretty good. This might just be the turnaround for GM after the bankruptcy.
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Consumer Reports has noted the following which can be read here:

Reality check: 230 mpg in the Chevrolet Volt? Maybe if you think electricity is free.: Consumer Reports Cars Blog

Its final opinion: `In the end, 230 mpg might be the exaggeration of the “century.” If you are a cyclist like I am, you may have heard about doing a “century,” riding 100 miles. But imagine that after you rode that distance, you found out that some agency has devised a way to calculate your ride as 230 miles based on the ratio of your front sprocket to wheel diameter, wind resistance, and the solar load on your front forks. Would you tell everyone that you rode 100 miles? Or would you say that you rode 230 miles based on a “draft” measurement that you can’t really talk about?''

Google around and you may find that 230 as in 230 mpg makes a huge set of assumptions.
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No big deal. Nissan is claiming that their Leaf will return 150kmpl!

Meanwhile, EPA has already backed away from GM's 230mpg claims for the Volt.

EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore cannot confirm the fuel economy values claimed by GM.
But GM claims that EPA isn't backing out.

Source: Autoblog.

Also, read this:

How GM arrived at the 230mpg figure.

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Old 13th August 2009, 18:04   #9
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The Volt is likely to be priced at 40K US$ (20Lakhs).

The car looks like a bigger more aggressive SR-V.

If GM decides to make VOLT in India, it would be interesting to see how they price it.

I would suggest GM to bring the Chassis and the body to India, plonk the Magnum Diesel engine in and launch it at 8-9 Lakhs. (Asking 4 too much?)
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this should be in the 'International Auto scene' section...it's already being discussed there: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intern...es-leaked.html
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IMO, This is Marketing Gimmick by GM. Here is my take:

If Volt's Battery is Fully Charged, It will drive for first 40 Miles only on its Li-Ion Battery. So, It will drive for first 40 Miles only on its Li-Ion Battery. So for daily commute of less than 40 miles will not require gas engine at all. But if the drive is 50 miles, Car will run only on Battery for first 40 Miles and will not use Gas at all and then the small Gas Engine will kick in for rest 10 Miles and it will charge the battery as well. Now, for the last 10 miles, according to GM, only 0.2 Gallon gas will be used and that is Equivalent to 250 Miles per Gallon. Based on this math, if one drives the car for 80 miles, the Fuel Economy will drop to 100 MPG and it the car is driven for 300 Miles on a single charge, the Economy should be around 60 MPG, which is still better than Toyota Prius and Honda Insight's 50 MPG and 42 MPG respectively
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Nice headline by GM. But they have no one fooled by their stupid claim.
Japanese cars, Honda and Totota, are going to wipe the floor with GM and its Volt. I think Tata and Maruti should also start thinking hybrid.
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