EPA: The Volt Beats The Prius In MPG Ratings
The EPA has published it’s fuel economy figures for the Chevy Volt and Volt fans will rejoice – the car achieved 93 mpg combined city/highway in electric mode, 35 mile range on battery, 37 mpg on gas-only power, 379 miles of total range. Total combined EPA estimate is 60 mpg, that’s better than the 2011 Toyota Prius.
Even though the Prius is a hybrid and the Volt is technically an electric the Prius is widely seen as the biggest competitor for the Volt with the Nissan Leaf taking second place due to it’s comparatively limited range.
Missing from the EPA datasheet was GM’s 230mpg figure that they touted to all who would listen last year, GM has since admitted that the figure was a little stretched and represented the mileage of highway driving in pure electric mode (presumably whilst streamlining behind a bus, going downhill on a road coated with butter).
The Volt is on sale now across the US, the baseline MSRP is $40,280 before any factory incentives, tax deductions, or subsidies. The Volt is eligible for the US$7,500 U.S. federal tax credit. The car will also be available through a leasing program with monthly payments of US$350 for 36 months, with US$2,500 due upon lease signing, and with an option to buy the car at the end of the lease.