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Old 08-11-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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General Motors Corp. said Tuesday its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get 230 miles per gallon (98 kilometers per liter) of gasoline in city driving, more than four times the current champion, the Toyota Prius.

The Volt is powered by an electric motor and a battery pack with a 40-mile (65-kilometer) range. After that, a small internal combustion engine kicks in to generate electricity for a total range of 300 miles (480 kilometers). The battery pack can be recharged from a standard home outlet.

GM is marketing the 230-mile (370-kilometer) figure

[Source: Yahoo]

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OW DID THEY LEAP SUCH A HUGE MPG FIGURE IN SUCH A SHORT TIME? Oh, I know. They already had and HAVE had it for many years now. It's a joke. It's also why Cap and Trade will work out in the long run for the PTB. The jump in electricity costs will help to replace much of the loss in gas costs. It's a game to these people.

Yes, this is good news that this technology will be released. However, it just pisses me off that they think we are ignorant enough to believe that ALL OF A SUDDEN they can achieve this kind of mileage after bankruptcy and years of saying that this kind of mileage was a decade away.

While most will say that this is a great thing, I say it simply proves that these big business people are criminals to say the least.

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Old 08-12-2009, 07:26 AM   #3
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^Agreed John, this is new to the consumer, but the technology's been there for years for this to be capable. The government takes over GM, and BAM! 230 mpg. Nothing mysterious about that at all....

I was wondering what those junk emails about 230 were that I deleted.

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Old 08-12-2009, 07:58 AM   #4
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it doesnt look that bad either.

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Old 08-12-2009, 12:50 PM   #5
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The government takes over GM, and BAM! 230 mpg. Nothing mysterious about that at all...
They were developing the Volt long before the govt. took over.

And with the nature of the car the 230 mpg figure is a little misleading, it won't always get 230. Could get more, could get less. CNN explained it well:
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So let's say the car is driven 50 miles in a day. For the first 40 miles, no gas is used and during the last 10 miles, 0.2 gallons are used. That's the equivalent of 250 miles per gallon. But, if the driver continues on to 80 miles, total fuel economy would drop to about 100 mpg. And if the driver goes 300 miles, the fuel economy would be just 62.5 mpg.
In my case I'd use $0 in gasoline driving to and from work during the week. Hell even on the weekends I probably don't drive farther than 40 miles. Now of course like John said, I will now be paying to charge the car at night rather than put gas in it. But the way I see it, electricity can come from much cleaner and renewable sources (eg. wind, solar, hydro). Most of it currently doesn't come from those sources which would currently make the car not as earth friendly as it could, but when better energy sources become more prevalent this type of vehicle would have a great impact.

Either way, even if you never charge the thing, running on the electric motors powered by the generator will get you supposedly 50mpg which is still more efficient than current hybrids.

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**** it, lets all just ride horses or buggies or some shit. The Amish get great mileage out of those things I hear.

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The government takes over GM, and BAM! 230 mpg. Nothing mysterious about that at all....
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They were developing the Volt long before the govt. took over.

Yeah, if anyone thinks that was because of the government involvement, it would just be an example of the government fooling someone. But we know that never happens, right?

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**** it, lets all just ride horses or buggies or some shit. The Amish get great mileage out of those things I hear.

Grain and hay isn't cheap.

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They were developing the Volt long before the govt. took over.
I realize this, like said I'm sure they've had the technology for cars to get a lot better fuel economy for years now. I just think it's funny that they wait until now, right after the big bailout or whatever you want to call it to unveil this 230 mpg car.

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Grain and hay isn't cheap.
Depends on if you grow it yourself or not.

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Depends on if you grow it yourself or not.
then you have the expense of land,equipment,labor,and taxes on the land/equipment

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**** the buggy get a bike other than the cost of the bike and the flat tire everyonce in a while u are set.

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if ur homes roof was covered with solar panels and stored the power so at night u could charge the car and drive around then it would be super cheap. im not sure how that would work, but im sure it could.

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